Holman played at the Little Carib on February 23-24.
The Return of Mr Woodbrook, staged by J&N Productions
at the Little Carib Theatre, was celebrated by Ray Holmans
fans on February 23.
One of Woodbrooks pan celebrities, Holman held his
territory by resurrecting his oldies and mixing them with
one new composition.
Holman began his musical offerings with Red Beans and Rice
and then went on searching his bag of hits, playing Pan
on the Movewith which he had won the National Preliminaries
new, shouted a member of the audience during the concert,
as to show he was greedy for it.
However, the audience had to wait until the end of the concert
to hear We Just Cant go on Like This, released for
Carnival 2007 for Panorama.
He teamed up this year with the popular vocalist Keith Designer
Prescott and female vocalist Tyler Rounds (coming all the
way from Ohio, USA). The singers mingled their sweet voices
with the light notes Holman delivered, blending R&B
rhythms with his jazzy interpretation.
Holman and Cie delivered some good vibes from You Were There
to Songs of Love, Bazodee, Plenty Lovin and the pore-raising
The audience even showed a peace sign with their fingers
for If we Really Want, Holmans tune for last years
Originally scheduled to be held three nights, the return
of Mr Woodbrook eventually occurred only on February 23
and 24. Holman explained after the concert that he had been
involved in Panorama and then was sick and could not honour
the first date.
However, on the nights he did play, Mr Woodbrook showed
all the possibilities of his instrument, from calypso to
Latin, jazz and R&B.
Holman is part of a pan elite that includes Len Boogsie
Sharpe, Brian Bean Griffith and Jit Samaroo.
are a few of us. We need more steelband composers so we
have a wider variety to choose from. We need people to write
specifically for the instrument, who understand it, because
this is a new instrument invented in our land, he
said after the concert.