Band re-records song to support Pompey festival

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A SKA band has re-recorded one of its songs to mark the fans’ ownership of Portsmouth Football Club.

Skaraman will be performing their song Uprising during their set at the Play Up Pompey Music event on Friday.

LIVE Skaraman is Stuart Davis on bass, Simon Stewart-Jones on drum, Mike Yates on vocals and Chris Morgon on keyboards

LIVE Skaraman is Stuart Davis on bass, Simon Stewart-Jones on drum, Mike Yates on vocals and Chris Morgon on keyboards

It is a ska night which will be held at Fratton Park, and proceeds from it go towards the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and its majority share of PFC.

Stuart Davis, who plays bass in the band, said: ‘This is a football thing, not just a Portsmouth thing and we had this song called Uprising, which was really a political call to arms, but we thought it would be good to re-record it as a supporters’ call to arms.’

The band got involved with the fortnight-long festival through links with another popular Portsmouth band, Kill Kaspar.

Jamie Kasper is one of the organisers of the whole event, which is taking place in various venues around the city until July 27 and asked the band to perform.

Simon Stewart-Jones, Skaraman’s drummer, also used to play in Kill Kasper.

The other members of the band are Chris Morgon on keyboards and singer Mike Yates, who also plays the lead guitar.

‘It’s going to be great to take part,’ Stuart added.

‘We’re also having some artwork done and will be selling the limited edition single on Friday where we’ll hopefully sell out, and at future gigs if not.

‘All the money we get from the sales will be donated to Play Up Pompey Music.’

The track was recorded locally, at the Envy Studios in Petersfield.

The PST are the majority shareholders of Portsmouth Football Club.

UPCOMING GIGS

The festival continues tonight at the Nell Gwynne in Southsea, with Ben Brookes, The Royal Shades and Half Light performing at the free gig.

Tomorrow sees two gigs being held, both free. The RMA Tavern will host Nick Courtney presenting Secret Smile and The Planes, while Durty Roots Reggae will play at the Fat Fox.

Friday sees another double-hander. As well as the ska night at Fratton Park, The Cellars will host a Mod night.