The Shing a Lings

Latin fusion Boogaloo out of Bristol

The Shing a Lings take their inspiration from the mix of Salsa and Funk musicians who formed the Boogaloo scene in New York in the 1970s.

Latin Soul – South West style!


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We bring the party.



The Shing a Lings

Formed in 2019 to bring the lost world of Boogaloo to the UK’s South West, the Shing a Lings have taken Bristol by storm, rapidly filling their calendar and delighting dancing crowds across the region. Combining new arrangements of classics of the genre with their original tunes, they bring the party— all you have to do is dance like no one’s watching.

Drew Salida – Lead Vocals, Flute & Guitar

Drew started his musical journey busking 5 days a week on the London Underground fluting and singing. He spent 13 years as singer & guitarist of Sephardic flamenco group Los Desterrados performing across the UK and Europe. An avid record collector of funk, soul, hip hop and Latin tunes, this Boogaloo project brings together all his musical passions. 

Drew’s dream gig: Stevie Wonder singing with the Fania All Stars.

Ben Mortimer – Saxophone & Vocals

Musical director, multi instrumentalist and whistle enthusiast Benny ‘The Reed’ Mortimer brings together his love of funk, blues, jazz and Latin sounds in this project. An experienced arranger, producer and songwriter he has toured the UK and Europe with various projects across the past 20 years.

Ben’s dream gig: Brian Wilson vs. Buena Vista

Rog Sansom – Trombone, Vocals & Percussion

Rog studied Music in London, and then extensively toured Europe playing in various musical productions. Currently a Music and Jazz Educator for North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, he is a member of The Mike Hoddinott Blues Allstars, Traps and has recently joined The Shingalings. Live gigs, appreciative crowds and festivals are his happy place.

Rog’s dream gig would be to have played in the James Brown Band alongside Maceo, Pee Wee and Fred.

Charlie Williams – Piano

Originally from the Windy City, Charlie came up as a classical player, winning the prize for new music performance at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition. Tiring of that world, he played in various bands including showcase feature slots at SXSW and CMJ festivals before moving to the UK in 2009. Playing in the Shing a Lings’ rhythm section is a welcome change from his normal mad-scientist career performing under the name Larkhall, including algorithmic live visuals that respond in real time as he plays.

Charlie’s dream gig would be running a Prom, because he’s a square.

Alex Pearson – Bass Guitar

Alex is a bass player who is confident in playing a broad range of styles. He cut his teeth playing bass guitar in rock bands before going on to study double bass with both Greg Cordez and Ben Groenevelt. Happy on either instrument, Alex spends a lot of time playing Klezmer, Folk and Jazz music anywhere from cosy pubs to large festival stages. Regular projects include Fromage en Feu, The Model Folk, Bristol Symphony and Insight Ensemble. He also has a guilty pleasure for playing the accordion.

Alex’s dream gig would include Johnny Marr, Avishai Cohen and Tito Puente.

John Furlong – Drums

John has played in and around the Bristol music scene for a very long time, playing drums with legendary Bristol Folk Rock band Flash Harry, plus numerous other bands such as Lost Eleven, First Raitt Band. He’s always had a yearning to play Latin Rhythms but despaired of meeting like minded musicians until the Shingalings came along. 

John’s dream gig: Kate Bush & Black Sabbath