The duo Ska-Waddy were originally formed in 2007.
Mark Rider is the band leader,guitarist and harmony vocalist, he is also a bass and keyboard player and producer of videos and audio projects.
The History of SKA-WADDY goes back to the days of the group REFLEX recording at Horizon studios in coventry alongside 2 Tone legends The Specials, Selector, Bad Manners etc. After the Horizon recording band Reflex split, Mark worked with touring bands as well as working on his own solo projects, Mark went on to carve a great career as guitarist with many Midlands and Coventry bands. Lee has also always been busy with his own solo projects and recording work.
SKA-WADDY has turned into a constant stream of gigging and touring (including south east Asia, Europe, UK etc). Their ethos is to perform fun music for dancing, consisting mostly of ‘old school’ Trojan Ska plus some 2 tone classics with the odd Reggae, dub & punk song thrown in for good measure. Their aim is to make sure the audience have a great time & want more. The show they put on is at times fast & frenetic and showcases vocalist Natasha Marie’s class voice and showmanship and Mark Rider’s solid guitar riffs. If you like ‘skanking’ (dancing) you will like SKA-WADDY
70’s-80’s dancing music ska, reggae, glam, pop, funk and punk. SKA-WADDY often record live performances. SKA-WADDY are a ‘feel-good’ act playing 70’s-80’s dancing music. They are two of the original founder members of the Coventry ‘2-tone era’ Horizon studio recording band REFLEX. They play ska, reggae, glam, pop, funk and punk. Near all the music that they play has a good strong dance beat. It is very often prominently ska and reggae at most concerts they play, but they do ‘on the fly’ change the act to reflect what the audience appears to best like, throwing in anything from punk to swing if it appears appropriate! They are both full time musicians so are available to talk to most of the week, but if you want to see them at the weekend they will be working SKA-WADDY are two of the original founder members of the ‘2 tone era’ Coventry Horizon recording studio recording group REFLEX. If you like Ska, Trojan, 2 – Tone, Toots, Madness, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Specials, UB40 etc., spiced up with just a little bit of Punk and Glam, served up with a touch of humour and hitting you with one classic tune after another, this is the act for you! We are ‘what it says on the tin’ – Live music for dancing, Ska, Reggae, Glam, Pop, Funk and Punk 70’s – 80’s
With a new line up of Mark Rider and new vocalist adding a new dimension Natasha Marie, something for everyone and every venue.