Paul Tarpey has a great piece on Adrian Sherwood in the Limerick Events guide this month. The dub warrior plays the Roots factory on Saturday May 30th. This anecdote caught my eye and is another link in a chain that we have looked at before here, notably the connection between the Irish and Jamaican communities:
Amongst these influences Sherwood remembers an interesting link between the Irish and Jamaican music he experienced from a small record shop in Stamford Hill.
“ It was called ‘R‘n’B’ after the owners Rita and Benny and people thought it stood for rhythm ‘n’ blues. They’d record Russian music off the radio and press it up. That little shop released the first Lonnie Donegan record, the first Jamaican record and the first Irish Record in England and the label said ‘Irish and Jamaican records together,’ because both communities were getting treated the same ( as immigrants) there was this link between them, they were drawn together because of their love of music, Irish and all this, on a label run by a Jewish couple!”
Full interview here