Have a 'Perry' Christmas with tickets to pioneering producer of Bob Marley and The Clash

Reggae and dub innovator Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who helped kick start Marley's career in the 1960s, is returning for a second live show in two years at the Nerve Centre, Derry

Music fans can have themselves a ‘Perry’ little Christmas this year with tickets to reggae and dub pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at the Nerve Centre on March 27 2019.

Often cited as being instrumental in launching the careers of Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as countless others, the enduring producer made his Derry~Londonderry debut when he performed two years ago, just a day before his 81st birthday. Incredibly, as Perry brings his creative genius back to the Nerve Centre stage those in attendance will be helping him continue the celebrations after he turns 83.

Describing Perry’s previous gig, where he was backed by his four-piece live band The Upsetters, blogger loosehandlebars wrote that the musician ‘rode the rhythm smoothly’ and ‘never missed a beat’, adding ‘you could hear why Lee Perry is such a great producer’.

Indeed, Perry is the architect of a sound that has resonated since the 1960s, shaping classic albums such as African Herbsman and Soul Revolution by Bob Marley and the Wailers from his backyard studio the Black Ark. His work helped create the blueprint for decades of reggae and dub artists and his influence still permeates right across modern music.

Speaking to the Guardian upon his 80th birthday, Perry said that Bob Marley 'wanted to be loved and respected like [him]'. ‘He’d learn about history and could understand everything, very fast. You’d tell him something and he’d pick it up instantly.’

Known for his elaborate attire, the Jamaican native would later venture into the live music world himself, as well as working with notable names including Paul McCartney, Beastie Boys and The Clash, before winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2003.

With the recent release of The Black Album, described by Mojo as ‘another madcap sonic escapade’, Perry is in top form as he continues to innovate. It’s the latest of a staggering body of work which fans will get to hear the very best from in another jammin’ night at the Nerve Centre.

Meanwhile, exactly one week before Perry's return the Nerve Centre will welcome back Ballyclare rockers Therapy? for the trio's first Derry performance in a decade. The gig on March 20 2019 follows the release of their 15th studio album this year, the acclaimed Cleave. Writing in an Instagram post, the band praised Derry for giving them 'so much over the years', adding 'now it's time to give something back in the form of a our unique brand of twisted punk-metal.'

Tickets for both gigs can be booked at www.nervecentre.org/whats-on or by contacting Box Office on 028 7126 0562 and the Nerve Centre front desk.