Caymanians go swanky on country night (Nation News – Barbados)
FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES on Monday night, the Swanky Kitchen Band from The Cayman Islands gave the audience at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed a taste of their heritage.
Playing a set that included a folk medley, Beef In Cane, Caribbean Blues, and Bob’s Marley’s We Jammin’ and No More Trouble, the nine-member band turned up the heat at the venue, bringing some people to their feet to dance.
Members Jonathan Ebanks (guitar), Paula Scott Thyme (percussion), Nicholas Johnson (guitar), Lammie Seymour (bass), Daniel Augustine (drums), Samuel Rose (violin), Devon Edie (saxophone/harmonica), and vocalists Jeffrey Wilson and Karen Edie Turner, really put on a show. It was a pity that more people were not there to feel their vibe. Swanky Kitchen, which started in 2003, showcased great synergy as it played indigenous folk music. Paying homage to its musical roots, the band seeks to ensure that the country’s culture is preserved through music. They added their unique touch to the covers played. Manager Vicki Wheaton told the MIDWEEK NATION the band was started after it was realised there was only one other band with older members playing the same genre of music. A decision was taken to start Swanky Kitchen Band as a way to preserve Cayman folk music. The fiddle, the main instrument for those bands, was played Monday night as well as a grater. The band has played in CARIFESTA in Trinidad as well and has opened for some international music acts such as Natalie Cole, Yolanda Adams, and Arturo Tappin according to its Facebook page. Their craft has earned them the prestigious Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Cultural Heritage Award. (GBM)