Sunday, October 21, 2012

A few weeks ago I did a short concert tour in Kingston,Jamaica, with the world-famous Jamaican Folk Singers now under the leadership of Christine Nevers-McDonald.  It was the group's 45th anniversary celebrations, and my 30th year singing bass and playing guitar with the group.  Christine whose mother Marilyn is a foundation member continued the role of taking the group through vocal warm-up just like she did back when group founder Dr. Olive Lewin was at the helm.  Hazel Ramsay another founding member took us as usual through physical warm-up onstage.
Instrumental line-up included two drummers (who knew how to do their thing), Sean Hird, BM (Hons) composer,conductor,band-leader and flutist; Jazz/guitar virtuoso Maurice Gordon ( of the current Nylon &Steel duo) and a young student of his rounded out the ensemble.  It was a pleasure playing alongside Maurice and observing his take on the classic JFS item: "Monklan".
All in all a great program, kudos to Christine and a stellar cast of young members of the group who combined voice and movements with the "senior"members  in delivering that unique Jamaican Folk Singers sound.  Looking forward to next year's season.  

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"What style do you teach?"   Conversations with an eavesdropper at a Miami airport