AC30s - Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae

The AC30’s are a 7-piece experienced and highly professional band based in the Midlands with a vast knowledge of the music they play. Concentrating on original Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae genres (with a dash on 2-Tone here and there), they pride themselves on being true to the original recordings. 

The band are also proud to have been the backing band for chart topper Susan Cadogan - Hurt So Good – 1975 (Fever’ etc), Carroll Thompson - I’m So Sorry, Hopelessly in Love - 1981, Troy Ellis – (Son of Alton Ellis) and the U.K touring band of Stranger Cole (Uno Dos Tres, Bangaran, Rough and Tough. Adding to the list of legendary performers. They have supported & shared the bill with many famous well-known legends. In November 2016 the AC30’s share the bill with the legendary Ken Booth, Dave and Ansell Collins and The Blockheads at the Skamouth 2016 Festival in Great Yarmouth whilst backing Susan Cadogan. At the same festival in 2017 they shared the bill with The Heptones, Sultan Ali (son of Prince Buster) and The Cimarons whilst backing Carroll Thompson. The AC30’s were the backing band for Derrick Morgan at Skamouth 2019 and appearing with Dave Barker (Dave and Ansel Collins) in June 2019. Members of the band have separately recorded and performed live with Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, Wyclef Jean, Black Uhuru, Bad Manners, the UB40 brass section and The Beat Ft Rankin Rogers to name but a few. 

Whether you are a hardened 2-Tone fan, Reggae lover or into the old Rocksteady beats of Jamaica, the AC30’s are proven to cover them all and keep everyone happy. With a set list comprising of Desmond Dekker, Pluto Shervington, Prince Buster, John Holt, Max Romeo, Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Toots and The Maytells to name but a few along with original material, audiences find it hard keeping off the dance floor! 

Band line up

  • On lead vocals, saxophone, bowler hats & occasional kilt - Mr Kirk Ricketts.
  • Backing vocals, paraphernalia and youthful exuberance - Brandon Ricketts.
  • Lead guitar, pliers and interesting non sequiturs - David Lloyd Henry aka 'Gabby'.
  • Bass Guitar, Rum & Gaviscon - Robbie Stanley.
  • Drums & panic stations - Scott Mainwaring
  • Blowing his horn - Mr Andy Gayle on Sax - Andy has toured the USA and Japan with The Specials, Special Beat, The Skatalites and Jazz Jamaica. He also supported Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers with the classical reggae pioneers, Bubble Free. Andy was the lead tenor sax with Tomorrow's Warriors and has also attended the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music.

The AC30’s are available for venues, weddings and private functions, corporate events and festivals throughout the UK and abroad. 

Show Options

1 x 60 mins

2 x 45 mins


AC30’s!!!! Oh wow!! Thank you is hardly saying how much I sincerely appreciate you all. I fully enjoyed our Skamouth show… drums for days and bass like sand… hahaha, all my guitar twangs Stevie and keyboards and everything Kirky.. your voice is so big & great and your handsome son Brandon is following right there with you. I just loved it all so much..we indeed had a great time!!! And to think we have 2 more shows together… jeezam!! Big love & hugs guys, see you soon – Susan Cadogan. 

The greatest Tribute to Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady you are likely to hear – Ska Radio UK 

Hi guys, we spoke after your set at BLAM BLAM FEVER last night. Just want to thank you all for raising the bar and touching our souls with your fantastic catalogue of real early sounds of Jamaica. I never stopped dancing and singing the whole set! Truly the best out there. Keep em dancing guys BOSS!

Thank you so much to the AC30’s for playing our wedding. Our guests who know their Ska and Reggae inside out were blown away by your performance. As well as being brilliant musicians you are highly professional and went out of your way to accommodate us. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone - Thanks again and love, Sadie & Brett xx

Great night tonight, so much good feedback about the band. The guys from the Coundon Club were really impressed and are looking forward to you playing there. Thanks for making Cheryl's birthday a special night - Best wishes Rob and Cheryl