The Dualers to play charity gig to "give something back" to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 09:31 15 May 2014 | UPDATED: 13:38 15 May 2014
After recently knocking Bob Marley off the top of the Reggae charts - a spot he has occupied for four years - Bromley band The Dualers are setting their sights on another of the Jamaican's pastimes, philanthropy.
Tyber Cranstoun, of Shortlands, is to play in Bromley Civic Centre in Stockwell Close next month with band The Dualers to raise funds for two international charities, Care International and the Craig Bellamy Foundation.
Last year the Dualers managed to displace Marley’s classic hit Three Little Birds from the number one slot in the UK reggae charts with their song Running Around with Your Head in the Clouds.
That wasn’t bad for the “biggest underground band in London”, says Tyber.
He explains he wants “to give something back” after realising that they earn a comfortable living from music.
He says: “We have packed out the Churchill Theatre in Bromley High Street in the past, so we have been given the Civic Centre for free.
“We have got the band coming down for the gig and we will be auctioning off stuff at the gig too.”
Tyber adds that, once the gig is over, he hopes to set up a football team in Sierra Leone, called the Dualers, for underprivileged children.
The team will be organised by the Craig Bellamy Foundation, which supports children through sport and education.
The Dualers were formed 15 years ago when Tyber and his brother Simon Cranstoun, who has since left the group, began singing together and, following a string of hits, the band is now one of Britain’s best-loved ska and reggae bands.
The group have even made an impact in Hollywood, where their song Truly Madly Deeply was picked for the soundtrack of Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
“We do everything ourselves,” explains Tyber. “We started up trying to do street performances, basically busking, but it is a bit more organised than that.”
He says he heard of the band being picked for the film soundtrack when his manager phoned to tell him, adding: “It is the most mental thing when you think about it. We were standing in Bromley High Street we found out.”
Tickets for the charity concert at Bromley Civic Centre cost £15 and are available by calling 07582 864565. The gig starts at 7.30pm.