It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

Arts Interview: Ranking Roger
It’s A Question Of Balance 6 June 2015

Ruth Copland is British but lives in Santa Cruz, California and presents a radio show called It’s A Question of Balance on radio stations KSCO AM 1080 Santa Cruz and KOMY 1340 Watsonville. KSCO is the highest-listenership commercial Talk station in the area.  Thousands of listeners around the world listen also to the podcasts of the shows which appear on the website

Under The Influence: 2 Tone Ska

In the second episode of our series Under the Influence, we examine the late-70s ska revival in the UK, a movement built upon the fusion of punk rock and traditional ska. Led by the Specials, we look at how the cultural climate of the time period in the UK inspired the founding of 2 Tone…

“The Clash and The Police were the two bands which I enjoyed touring with” – Ranking Roger

Out of all of them, The Clash and The Police were the two bands which I enjoyed touring with the most. The Clash, because they were ‘the people’s band.’ They were so grounded and live the music was better than the records. I also liked The Police because I watched them change and becoming more serious and political. By the time The Police split up they were getting as political as The Beat. – Ranking Roger

Review from Guildford (Sat 14/03/2015)

“We were at the gig on Saturday night in Guildford and I just wanted to let you know what a top night it was.  The sound is still fantastic and although the venue was small (by your standards) it was superb for those that were there. Stella and I were talking afterwards and one of the best things from the night was Ranking Junior, he was quality and its just good to know that he will be carrying the sounds forward for a new generation, (not that you’re finished yet, but you know what I mean).”

The Beat & Bionic Rats in Dublin (Review)

Legendary ska/reggae band The Beat from Birmingham in the U.K. have just started their 2015 world tour. It runs to November next, and sees the band visiting France, the Netherlands, Australia and Britain – with many more locations to be announced.

The Beat enjoy a unique and proud position in reggae\ska’s rollercoaster ride. The band played a crucial role during the 1980s in adapting the genre to a British audience, successfully merging it with the emotions of disaffected punk rockers and (frequently fascist-oriented!) ska supporting skin heads.