Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra 

And just like that the Melbourne Ska Orchestra turns 20 Years Young.
From the fun loving humble beginnings in St.Kilda to the international stages of Glastonbury, Istanbul, Montreal, Edinburgh, New York and beyond,
the band has steered their ramshackle train into the hearts of many.

Initially formed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Ska (1963-2003), their infectious energy soon earned them a coveted slot at Bluesfest and WOMADelaide, a recording contract and accolades from all over the world.

Two ARIA awards cemented their reputation as one of Australia’s best live acts, while three of their songs were chosen for a UK feature film about Ska.
Word soon got back to Jamaica, the birthplace of ska, and kudos hit a new high when legendary pioneer artists, including Owen Gray, Carlos Malcolm and Stranger Cole flew to Australia to guest with the MSO for a series of concerts. Stranger Cole declared himself an unofficial member of the band (there were no objections!)

They promptly recorded a new version of his hit song Run Joe to celebrate the friendship.

If that wasn’t enough of a pat on the back, the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, home of many of Jamaica’s legendary musicians, requested the Orchestra’s inclusion in their inaugural Ska Cares vinyl release.
The band have matched the appreciation with a work ethic that is second to none. To date they have released 7 albums, including a nigh impossible mission of recording a song a week for a whole year, the ARIA award winning 52 Fridays – One Year of Ska.

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