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DJ Barry 'Scratchy' Myers

Black music and its derivatives have always played an important role in Scratchy's life. Since the early 70s he's been spinning Rock and Roll, traditional Rhythm and Blues, Ska and one musical form very close to his heart, Roots Reggae. He was the tour dj with the Clash from 1978-80. Prior to that, he'd been resident dj at the famed Dingwalls Dancehall in Camden Town, London. During those heady days he spun at all the major concert venues in the city, including the Roundhouse, The Rainbow, The Electric Ballroom and the Lyceum, alongside the likes of the Ramones, the Cramps, Black Uhuru and Iggy Pop.

He went on to host his own 'Scratchy Sounds' radio show. In 2002 he hooked up with Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros and has since gigged alongside Jah Wobble, the Iraqi-French group Aiwa, Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion, Ska Cubano and the Urban Voodoo Machine. He has toured several times with the Pogues and also worked with Geneva's the Dead Brothers, New York's rock'n'roll Globalistas, Mad Juana and the Mexican Mestizo outfit, Los de Abajo. As well as Glastonbury, Scratchy has appeared at several international Reggae Festivals. In 2006 he embarked on a close and working relationship with notorious 'gypsy punks' Gogol Bordello. He began 2007 touring with Groundation and is the resident dj of London club night Gypsy Hotel.

On the first Wednesday of every month, his weekly internet radio show 'Scratchy Sounds: The Rock & The Roll of the World' at 4pm on, becomes the monthly 'Reggae with a Twist.'


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