The Congos will always be known for their classic album “Heart of the Congos”, produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry in his legendary Black Ark studios in 1977. They’ve also got a new album out, “Swinging Bridge”, which I haven’t heard yet but I’m guessing the songs they play tonight that I don’t recognise are from this album. They’re all in fine voice though, and it’s great to hear their classic songs again as sung by Roydel Johnson (deep, deep bass voice), Watty Burnett (baritone) and Cedric Myton who has a falsetto that belies his 70+ age.
They’re ably backed by their band, consisting of drums, bass, keyboard, lead guitar and percussion and these musicians faithfully re-created the uplifting, lilting vibes on “Heart of the Congos” album. It all goes down really well with the packed crowd who are made up of all agesas are a lot of Reggae gigs in Brighton, it’s never just an older crowd listening to these older groups.
Of course the biggest reception is saved for “Fisherman” which is perhaps their best known song, and it still sounds fantastic. Reggae veterans like The Congos know how to put on a great show that appeals to all and this was one of those shows.