House of David Gang
Selah - Lead Vocals & Backup Vocals
At the young age 17, Desmond Anderson moved to Canada from his home in Portland,
Jamaica. He was immediately taken in by the gospel community and sang for
many years in church and festival choirs. Upon starting his own group which
he called "Selah", Desmond Anderson become the voice of a resurgence of a
roots rock style in Toronto playing frequently at the Bambu, Lee's Palace,
and El Mocambo.
In 1988, two local bands, (Selah and Imagine Rainbow Warriors) merged together.
Desmond became King Selah, the powerful lead vocalist with a heart of gold
and the band was now called: "House of David Gang" - named after a Queen Street
West house those very members shared and used to the host after-hour reggae
parties 1988 -1995.
Over several years many musicians have been a part of The House of David and
the group played a key role in developing some of Toronto's top session and
reggae players. For the past 15 years King Selah and the House of David Gang
have hosted the Toronto Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer Tributes which
have helped bring spotlight Toronto's burgeoning roots rock reggae scene.
Now with a new line-up the House of David Gang faithfully recreates the soulful
and classic roots rock reggae sound (Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh).
The band is a certifiable reggae orchestra; the band comprises multiple vocalists,
horn players, guitars, keyboards and the rock-steady rhythm section of Collin
"Jah-Lin" M. Edwards - (drums) and Snappy Homefry (bass).
'Jahlin' Edwards - Drums
Born in Hanover, Germany. In 1987, he began performing as the drummer with
reggae band Imagine Rainbow Warriors, led by local activist Steve Hall. He
returned to his family roots in Jamaica in 1992 and stayed until 2003. He
has worked with such artists as Gregory Isaacs and Yellowman. Collin's dynamic
drum work gives the House of David Gang it's authentic and hard-hitting edge.
'High Plains Drifter' Cleary - Rhythm
and Lead Guitar
Born in Toronto. Jay started his performing career while studying jazz at
St. F.X. University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, co-founding his own funk-fusion
project, High Plains Drifter. A versatile guitarist, Jay has played with Caution
Jam, Duane Andrews, Mark Wilson & The Way It Is, Dr. Dfunkt and he toured
for 3 years with Cape Breton Folk/Rock singer songwriter Aaron MacDonald.
He has performed at the Atlantic Jazz Festival, Evolve Festival, Toronto Island
Jazz Festival and more. Jay adds his enthusiasm and a funky jazz sound to
the House of David Gang.
Homefry - Bass & Production
Toronto Bass Player Snappy Homefry adds his buttery tone and deep understanding
of reggae and dub to the rocksteady foundation of the House of David Gang.
His background in studio production has helped shape the House of David Gang's
distinct roots rock reggae sound. The recording session for "Toronto, Ontario,"
(a song written for a Tourist Board Contest in 2009) cemented his relationship
with the band resulting Snappy joining the band for Cross Canada Tours and
Snappy has just finished up production on the band's new album "Reggae Warrior" at his
. Snappy's positive spirit and energetic stage presence adds
to House of David Experience.
James Britton - Keyboards
A deep honest respect for the history of the music he plays and those that
played it combined with a mischievous need to progress and evolve, Todd brings
a unique organ driven element to the House of David Gang.
Prior to that Todd was a staple in Nelson BC's music scene playing as a sideman
for Blues, Funk, Jazz and "Jam" bands. With the introduction to reggae music
in 2003, Todd was drawn to the use of many simple parts to create a rich tapestry
of sound and the love/war duality of the lyrics.
Whether he is playing his instrumental reggae fusion originals or Marley classics,
the influences both musically and spiritually of The Grateful Dead, Phish,
Jimmy Smith, Dr.John, Jackie Mittoo and others are always present.
Field - Trumpet
The warm sound of Mike Field's horn is smooth and melodic. With twenty years
experience as a soloist and collaborator, Mike can also be heard leading the
horn section in reggae and world beat as well as jazz bands on a regular basis.
His style is simple, it's sentimental, and it reflects the emotional colors
we all experience in our daily lives. Born in Toronto, Mike has toured as
a jazz musician in New York City, Denver, Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg and
Yeats - Trombone
Dean Yeats is currently completing his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance
at the University of Toronto. Dean was the recipient of the University of
Toronto's Noreen and Phil Nimmons, and Mamie May entrance scholarships in
2005 and the Duke Ellington scholarship in 2007. Having played with Jazz Big
Bands and smaller ensembles, it's Dean's arranging and writing skills that
are important parts of his playing.