The Sister Islands got their turn to sample the storytelling extravaganza that is Gimistory recently.
The Brac Heritage House came alive with the sound of music as Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s annual Gimistory came to town, last Thursday evening. Accompanying the Gimistory performers was the Cayman Islands Folk Singers who performed were making their first ever appearance in Cayman Brac.
The 150-plus spectators were appreciative of the wit and charisma of overseas performers Phillip Murray, known as Black Sage, along with David Bereaux & Friends. The performers poked fun at everyone in the most clever of ways, leaving the crowd in stitches.
Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette, Hylton Grace & Friends, together with Pedro Lazarri and a group of young performers added to the complement of local talent.
According to CNCF’s Brac coordinator for Gimistory, Susan Hundt, “Thursday night’s show was reminiscent of the earlier years of Gimistory on the Brac; Black Sage and company brought the magic back. Local musician, Raymond Scott was in attendance and said, “I could have stayed all night; these guys are good – I couldn’t find one single fault.” For persons familiar with Raymond, they will know that’s a very impressive endorsement.
The CIFS performed traditional Caymanian folk songs, such as Munzie Boat in the Sound, Cardille Gone to Cuba and others from the region including Louise Bennett’s Evening Time.
Judging from the appreciative applause and compliments received from patrons, it would seem that Brackers would be happy when its Gimistory time again.
Little Cayman also enjoyed the storytelling and the drama of Gimistory last Thursday. Held at the National Trust House, the event was in collaboration with the trust and was organised by a trust volunteer Debbie Truchan. The performers were international storyteller Ken Corsbie and local Little Cayman storytellers Maxine Moore and Edward Ritch. After the tales were done then attendees and performers swapped tales of yesteryear and ate fish & fritters, caught by Johnny Scott, with fried green plantain, washed down with liberal amounts of the local lemonade swanky. The event started at around 4.30pm and finished at 8pm.
Speaking about this year’s Gimistory, CNCF’s Artistic Director Henry Muttoo said, “CNCF worked hard to make this year’s Gimistory International Storytelling Festival a resounding success and judging by the overall attendance and the feedback we’ve received it looks as if we’ve achieved that goal thanks in large part to the support of our local and overseas performers.”
The Cayman National Cultural Foundation contributed to this report.