Sound System
John Public & Steve Barrow
November 2003

In 2000 Steve and Dom came over to play in Dublin for the first time and headlining was the legendary DJ Dennis Alcapone and the versatile singer Spikey T.

In 2003 DJ Ram brought the Blood & Fire Sound System back to Dublin as part of ‘In Dub's” 4th birthday party this time with another legendary DJ on the mic Ranking Joe, and Ragga Monica who played sweetly on the melodica and harmonica over some classic tracks. 

On both occasions John Public provided pre show music on the decks.


Early Poster

Black Echoes celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2008.









“Black Echoes Music Programme” with John Public

John Public has presented “Black Echoes Music Programme” on the airwaves in Dublin, Ireland since late 1982.

In the beginning the show centred on many forms of black music but by 1984 it had concentrated soley on reggae music.

Miss Pat joined the programme as producer in 1985 having moved from London, where she grew up listening to all styles of Jamaican music. Since then the programme has incorporated Ska, R&B, Shuffle, Rock Steady, Early Reggae, Mento etc., as well as DJ, Dub, Dub Poetry and Ragga.We have been on many stations in Dublin over the years both pirate and legal and currently have a weekly show on DUBLIN CITY FM 103.2 .Since 2009 John has been both Producer & presenter of the show.

Another aspect of the programme has been interviews with artists, musicians, producers etc., these include:Desmond Dekker, Toots Hibbert, Sly And Robbie, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Alcapone, Brigadier Jerry, Ranking Joe, Half Pint, Tony Rebel, Mikey Dread Campbell, Edi Fitzroy, Terry Ganzie, Winston Grennan, Denzil Dennis, Winston Francis, Aj Franklin, Jah Woosh, B.B. Seaton Ranking Miss P. George ‘Peckings’Price, Lukes Morgan of Morgan Heritage, L.M.S. Bobby ‘Massive B.’Konders, Jah Warrior, Scientist, Tony ‘Downbeat’ Screw, Tony Chin, Ini Kamoze, Lester Sterling, Vin ‘Don.D.Jnr’Gordon, Lehbanchuleh, Brian and Tony Gold, Winston ‘Flames’ jarrett, Susan Cadogan, Robert ‘ Dandy’ Thompson, Glen Adams, Peter Hunningale, Stranger ‘Strangejah’ Cole, Delroy Williams, Jimmy James,Alpheus,U Roy & Trevor Elliot.



Jamaica Beat Street

From the album `Back In Time` Vintage Boss Meets The Jays, track # 4 A look back at the famous Orange Street, once the hub of Jamaica's music scene.









In the latest issue - interviews with Carlton Livingston, Lloyd "Spiderman" Campbell and Jah Woosh. Plus the Pick Up The Pieces rhythm, profiles of Jah Kush and Errol Scorcher, and a track suit tribute.

Also tons of album & 7" reviews with contributions from Carter Van Pelt, Solid Rock, John Public & Miss Pat. Get the new Full Watts from various places including Ernie B's, JammyLand, Deadly Dragon, check for it.




Available from Ernie B’s in the U.S.A. and Dub Vendor in the U.K. Featuring the legendary Horace BB Seaton interview John Public conducted and broadcast over two programmes in 2002.

“FULL WATTS”continues in the tradition of “SMALL AXE” and is always well worth picking up.

This issue also includes Toyan, Bagga Walker, Horsemouth and Joseph Hill with loads of reviews and an A-Z of Rock Steady.
Check it out now. 




Denzil DD Dennis“Me Nah Worry The Anthology”
Trojan Double CD Cat. No: TJDDD 148

Miss Pat was delighted when Trojan records approached her to compile the sleevenotes for this Anthology of Denzil’s music.
All the music on this Double CD was compiled by Denzil himself and features some of his first recordings in 1962 at the famed Treasure Isle Studios owned by Duke Reid, through to his Laurel Aitken & his close friend Derrick Morgan produced sides of the sixties and early seventies, the collection also includes his self productions and those of Lee Perry.  Anyone with an interest in UK recorded music needs this collection too.