Ed Rome is an acclaimed writer, recording artist and producer. He has written and recorded many albums, including A Life in Minutes, which received notable praise from BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq calling it “an excellent album” and “the best reggae album of the year”. Ed’s roots are in ska & reggae music, having fronted the internationally successful ska band, The Big. During his time in The Big, Ed supported greats such as The Specials, The Beat and Lee Scratch Perry. Jerry Dammers, of The Specials, calls Ed’s unique vocal tone “a great voice”. Ed has since gone on to write and perform successfully as a solo musician and singer/songwriter, with the added talents of band members; Bella Edmunds on saxophone and backing vocals, Chris Davison on bass and Jim Allan on drums.
Ed’s previous album, Tourist Trap, is an acoustic album that’s also a play set in 1985, charting a father-daughter relationship as they move to west to open a B&B. It is without a doubt, one of the bravest, most unique concept albums you’ll have heard from an up-and-coming writer on the music scene today. Ed’s enigmatic live performances and infectious personality onstage makes going to one of his gigs a thoroughly enjoyable experience, one that is hard to beat by other local performers. Sundown has always believed that Ed has something special and we want to let you in on it so come on tour with us and listen to what we’re talking about.
We managed to catch up with Ed this week to see what he’s getting up to while preparing for Arts On The Road, he says “The 10th anniversary of Sundown Arts was a stormer! The morning after we recorded some live filmed sessions in ‘Slam Door Studios’ which despite the hangovers have come out OK… We will get the footage up asap. We’ve managed to land a gig at The Chequers in Billericay with ‘Big Stinky Dog’ promos on the 7th of Oct. The Chequers is always a great place to play but this’ll mean we get to play the newer songs in front of people once more before we go on the road with Sundown on the 19th at Colchester Arts Centre!”
BBC Radio 1Xtra played Ed this week but if you can’t listen again, Ed has kindly given us a treat for you all before the tour – an exclusive never-before-heard track called ‘Panic’ taken from Ed’s forthcoming studio album ‘Gas & Air’ which is due to be launched at the John Peel Centre. Enjoy. For more information about Ed and where to buy his music go to www.edrome.co.uk