Hailing from Kilbarrack, Dublin Del Bionic has been involved in the Irish Reggae and Ska scene since the late 80’s when he started his first band Burning Illusion, having never left the rehearsal room he was eager to get his next band Gangsters on stage as soon as possible. After 4 months of rehearsing, Ireland’s now longest-running ska band played their debut at a now-legendary gig in The White Horse Inn in Feb 1992.
Bass guitar still being his instrument, he formed his next band Kingsativa in 1995, writing the songs, singing backing vocals, arranging the recording and releasing of two albums, booking gigs and tours, and everything else that is involved with the running of a band.
During this time he started DJing around Dublin, promoting club nights, and created and performed in the Bob Marley tribute band Catch A Fire to play the showband circuit.
Continuing to craft his songwriting, necessity led to him switching to lead vocals and swapping the bass for guitar as he formed The Bionic Rats in 2006, after the demise of Kingsativa.
An offer of Sunday band residency in Temple Bar’s The Foggy Dew led to a Friday, Saturday & Sunday DJ residency over the following 15 years. Until Covid hit The Sunday Skank was the longest-running residency in Dublin. A legendary night on the Dublin music scene.
He now keeps The Foggy Dew flame burning playing a solo acoustic gig every Sunday at 9 pm from his home in South Poland. To date, the band have released four studio albums, one live album and have shared the stage with a who’s who of reggae and ska legends over the years.
Presently he’s recording a debut album while continuing to work on newer Bionic Rats material.
Having promoted Irish acts over the years it was a natural progression during lockdown to start streaming an hour showcase of the best of Irish Reggae & Ska calling it The Full Irish.
A show dedicated to the Irish Reggae and Ska scene. Spanning six decades of music, from Zebra’s first release in 1979 on the famous Good Vibrations label (their one and only release came with the statement on the 12” “Ireland’s Only Reggae Group”, which wasn’t far from the truth) through the slow and steady build up of reggae and ska releases in Ireland over the coming years, and up to the latest quality releases from the 20’s. I’ll also be playing artists that have visited these shores, including Bob Marley who played in 1980, and tracks from regular visitors such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Madness. I’ll be digging deep into the history and stories behind bands, DJs, Sound Systems, venues, and festivals that we had the pleasure to witness over the years.
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