The Scotch Bonnets are punky reggae rockers from Baltimore, Maryland. Their sound is an infectious blend of Jamaican-inspired grooves with American rock and R&B stylings.

The Scotch Bonnets' leader and visionary is Lady Hatchet a.k.a. Kristin Forbes. A formidable triple threat as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, she leads a formitable  quinet drawn from the Mid-Atlantic music scene.

Since the band’s founding in 2009, the Scotch Bonnets have cut their teeth in collaborations with HR of Bad Brains and Roddy Radiation of The Specials. Early triumphs led to local headlining shows and opening slots for touring acts including The English Beat, Fishbone, The Slackers, The Toasters, The Suicide Machines, The Pietasters, and The Aggrolites. 

The Scotch Bonnets have played the main stage of Supernova International Ska Festival, the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival, and Baltimore Artscape, as well as numerous local festivals and summer concert series.

Corresponding with their rise as a live act, the Scotch Bonnets have released two full-length LPs, numerous singles, and were featured on several compilations. Their second album, Come On Over (Jump Up Records), was selected by Do The Dog Skazine as one of the top albums of 2019. Their cover of “Give Paris One More Chance” was featured on a Jonathan Richman tribute record that charted at #23 on Billboard’s Compilation Albums chart. The Bonnets are currently writing and recording a third album of original music.

In the pandemic year of 2020, the Scotch Bonnets expanded into livestream concerts and made virtual appearances with the Big 10 festival in the UK, the 2020 Supernova International Ska Festival, and on the Slackers’ Holiday Concert.

Having previously performed many outdoor shows along the waterfront and in parks in Baltimore, The Scotch Bonnets channeled that experience into a successful headlining tour of outdoor venues in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic in 2021 and 2022. 

In 2023, the Scotch Bonnets are confirming tour dates in the Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and beyond.

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Live Ya Life LP (self-released), 2013
Quest EP w/HR of Bad Brains (Morphius Records), 2014
“Tropical London” on Hooligans United: A Tribute To Rancid (Smelvis Records), 2015
“Are You Red…y” on Recutting The Crap: A Tribute To The Clash, Vol. 1 (Crooked Beat Records), 2017
The District 7” (Jump Up Records), 2017
Come On Over LP (Jump Up Records), 2019
“Give Paris One More Chance” on Songs From The Astral Plane, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (Crooked Beat Records), 2021
Xmas 45 2021, split 7” w/The Skapones (Jump Up Records), 2021

Lady Hatchet is sponsored by Reverend Guitars.