Dallas Reggae Bristol
Dallas performed at the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday 26th Aug 2019 - It was a smash !
Dallas performing at St Paul's carnival 2019
Dennis McCalla aka Dallas, is a reggae singer and songwriter from Bristol who has supported well known acts like Ken Boothe, Millie Jackson, Pat Kelly, and The Temptations as well as playing Glastonbury festival. His close ties with Black Roots, one of the city's biggest reggae bands, has lead him to perform with them as a guest vocalist as well as supporting artist on a number of occasions. Born in Jamaica, in his early life he came into contact with reggae, ska, and r'n'b before moving to England in 1963 where he encountered new forms of music, such as jazz and pop. In particular he passionately remembers a book called The Record Songbook which contained the lyrics of all the current hits of the day. ‘I don't think I write how they normally write in Jamaica, I think my style of writing was formed in the English form through the Record Song Book.' His first performance was a talent competition at the Bamboo Club as part of a harmony trio called The Mighty Triers. They won, the success being especially sweet because it was guest judged by one of the groups biggest influences, Derrick Morgan. His fellow bandmate Delroy O'Gilvie later going on to become the lead singer in Black Roots.
By Alex Cater - Jeli Sound Archive / Bristol Archive Records