Shanty Town
Location: Box Hill, Melbourne
Country: Australia


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Shanty Town  are a lively 7 piece band that plays a vibrant mix of early Jamaican dance music (called Rocksteady) along with Reggae and upbeat Ska tunes. The band plays regularly in the Melbourne scene and the line-up includes 3 horns, Hammond Keyboard Player, Bass, Drums and Jamaican/English singer.

The music is an appealing mix of classics from Toots and The Maytals, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe  and others .

This highly professional line-up includes Steve Phillips (Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Pete Ryan (The Andy Layfield Band), Paul Jamieson (Sugar Blue) and Jason Rolfe (Immortal Horns).

Shantytown plays often at “Jamaica Jump Up” – a special event held at The Gosometer (Collingwood) and also at The Union Hotel (Brunswick), Open Studio (Northcote), Transiet (Federation Square) and The Sooki  Lounge (Belgrave). Festivals have included The Wagga Wagga Jazz and Blues Festival and Castlemaine Music Festival.

Shanty Town will require:

1. A reasonable performance space (not necessarily with stage) but protected from the weather with options for alternative location where weather becomes an issue.

A space or stage size of 4m sq. minimum would be practical for us.

2.Power will be required for amplification. (We can organise a generator easily for a relatively small extra fee).

3. Reasonable Access and Parking. So that we are set up on time and without stress to perform well for you.

4. Catering: It is common practice that the band is catered for at functions and all we ask is a basic meal or fingerfoods and a drink. We are also happy to spend a bit of time prior to the occassion answering questions or discussion the schedule and other logistics by email or phone.

5. Travel Expense Allowance: For regional and interstate performances. Happy to liason regarding arrangements.

Summary Time Price

3  sets over a 4-4.5 hour period (common for weddings, corporate events) These prices apply to Metropolitan Melbourne but please inquire if your location is not far beyond that.

3 x 45 minute sets over 4-4.5 hour period Start From $1,530.00 Send Enquiry

The basic fee listed here is for up to 2  45 min. sets over a 3 hour period. I.e. - 7-10, 8-11pm or 11 am - 2pm. These prices apply to Metropolitan Melbourne but please inquire if your location is not far beyond that. We spend an average of 2 hours in the process of travelling and setting up for an event and the same afterwards. This of course is not time we charge you for. We are also happy to spend a bit of time prior to the occassion answering questions or discussion the schedule and other logistics by email or phone.

Up to 2 45min. sets over a 3 hour period. Start From $1,275.00 Send Enquiry