Wednesday, May 27, 2015

carols and steel by candlelight

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Robbie Greenidge performs songs from his new CD. Photos: GARY CARDINEZ

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Ray Holman performs his Christmas classics.

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Three of this country's leading pannist/composer/

arrangers appeared on the same stage last Sunday as the Woodbrook Community Association, in collaboration with Councillor Cleveland Garcia, held the annual Carols by Candlelight.

This year the theme can be said to have deviated somewhat to "Carols and Steel by Candlelight" as pan greats Robbie Greenidge, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe and Ray Holman

ignited the night with sweet pan music. Other great pan musicians were also in the audience looking on at the three perform, artistes such as Annise Hadeed, Brian "Bean" Griffith, Pelham Goddard and Kenneth Clarke.

Phase II Pan Groove pannist Johann Chuckaree also performed for the very large audience at the Augustus Williams Park in Woodbrook.

Holman had young singing sensation Andre Mangatal in his aggregation and he performed "Ave Maria" to the delight of the audience.

Greenidge teamed up with Eman Ector on bass, Barry Howard on drums, PG on keyboards and Kenneth Clarke on percussion and played

several songs from his Christmas CD as the audience kept asking for more.

When it came to carols, choirs from Maria Regina, Moulton Hall, Woodbrook Presbyterian, Newton Girls (Parang), Bishop Anstey, Pentecostal Cathedral Youth and Goodwill Industries all sang with a joy in their hearts bringing the Christmas feeling to the members of the audience. They were all beautifully costumed.

More entertainment came from Robert Munro and Friends, Natasha Babwah, David Huggins, as well as Goodwill Industries Steel Ensemble, Pentecostal Steel Ensemble and Woodbrook Playboyz.

Here are some of the highlights of Carol and Steel by Candlelight.