Jamaican natives, the Cimarons migrated to Britain in 1967 with a lineup consisting of Franklyn Dunn (bass), Carl Levy (keyboards), Locksley Gichie (guitar), and Maurice Ellis (drums); vocalist, Winston Reid (better known as Winston Reedy) joined in London.
They were primarily session musicians in Jamaica, and backed many artists, including Jimmy Cliff.
Their first LP In Time, on Trojan Records in 1974 featured a rendition of the O’Jays’ “Ship Ahoy”, “Utopian Feeling”, “Over The Rainbow,” and “My Blue Heaven”.
Vulcan Records released On The Rock two years later.They switched to Polydor Records, releasing Live at The Roundhouse in 1978. Polydor released Maka the same year. During this period they did a major British tour supporting Sham 69.Three more albums followed: Freedom Street, Reggaebility and On The Rock Part 2. After the last of these, in 1983, they didn’t surface again until 1995 when Lagoon Records released People Say and Reggae Time, both compilations of earlier albums, followed by The Best of The Cimarons, released in 1999 on Culture Press.
This will be the first time this line up will have performed together since the early eighties