I decamped to Barbados in March 2020 where I have been curating the Cobblers Live festival for a few years now. We flew out ahead of Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris who were due to perform sell out shows but then covid hit. I’ve remained on this beautiful island ever since. With all my bookings in the UK cancelled, all I could do was continue with the contacts I had here, hoping that one day the world would be back to normal.
I have set up a not for profit company called The Speightstown Allstars (named after the town where I live) which focuses on collaboration between local and international Artists through live shows, videos and songs. I am working regularly with local comedians and musicians forging some wonderful relationships and I’ve even learnt how to play the ukulele!
In November 2020 I wrote and recorded a song with RPB celebrating the Republic of Barbados (to be released in April) and in December I had the honour of performing for Captain Sir Tom Moore whilst he was visiting the island.
Just a few days later I performed with David Shenton (pianist), Erin Shield (soprano)from New York at Suitfree, a new rooftop venue in Holetown Barbados. Our special guests were guitarist Kris Clarke from the band 2 Mile Hill and the comedians Rum & Koke. Many people attended who had not been to a live show in a year. It was a highly charged, fun an emotional evening for both the audience and performers.
In January 2021 pianist Ian Jones visited from London and we did a speedy recording of ABBA’s Happy New Year at Maddox House. The song was actually written in at Maddox House and I am very grateful to be able to have had special permission from the owners to have filmed there. You can view the Happy New Year video here.