Parang and pan with Holman and Luces Brillantes. —Photos: GARY CARDINEZ

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Christmas with Holman and Friends

By Gary Cardinez

For the second week running the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook was host to some very talented local musicians. First there was Etienne Charles with ‘Creole Soul’ then there was Ray Holman and Friends with ‘A True Trini Christmas III’.

If you were not yet into the season, Holman and Friends surely gave you the Christmas feeling with their songs. The concert featured mostly Holman’s music, songs like “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Feeling of Christmas”, “Christmas Time is Here”, “Grown Up Christmas Wish” and “Together at Christmas”.

Holman promised the many patrons that come next year there will be a CD of all his Christmas compositions and he thanked them for attending as he knew they had many more choices.

The musicians with Holman included Dean Williams on guitar, Anthony Woodrouffe on flute and saxophone, Derrick Cadogan keyboards, Richard Joseph drums, Michael Germain bass and Kenneth Clarke percussions.

Together the band provided sweet Christmas music. In the absence of Raymond Edwards, Williams and Holman were exceptional with the “Christmas Song” and “Ave Maria”.

Award winning tenor Andre Mangatal proved why he is a winner as he sang with the band and Skiffle Steel. Holy Name Convent junior choir also joined Skiffle Steel and together they solicited loud applause from a very appreciative audience for their rendition of “Christmas Time is Here”.

Skiffle Steel finished off with another of Holman’s composition “Snapa— The Dream”.

Gerelle Forbes kicked off the second half of the programme with “Grown Up Christmas Wish”. Lee Cummings and Luces Brillentes Parang Group then joined Holman and Friends for a session to finish off the evening.

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