Music = Andy, Sunny, Brac

Coming up on the Brac is a musical weekend in the company of Sunny Jim and Andy Martin.

The events begin on Thursday, 8 December, we’re told, with Happy Hour at the Captain’s Table, home to the infamous Blackbeard pirate. Jam to the beat of The Jammers, a local reggae band, as you relax with a cool, tropical cocktail. This one’s free and lasts from 7pm to 9pm.

On Friday morning, enjoy breakfast with Sunny Jim at The Alexander Hotel, which will serve up some of the most delectable delicacies available on Island, it says here, costing $12 per person.

Guests are invited to explore the adventurous side of Cayman Brac before coming back to end the day with dinner, wine, and more great music featuring Sunny Jim and local talents like the Coral Cowboys. The evening’s festivities include a welcome reception, seafood buffet and a complimentary glass of wine, all for $25.

On Saturday night, the place to be is Brac Reef Beach Resort, a lush tropical paradise with secluded beach vista and hammock huts. From 6.30 to 10.30pm, indulge your musical senses in the sweet sounds of the Coral Cowboys, Andy Martin and featured guest artiste Sunny Jim, against the backdrop of a delightful Beach Barbecue under starry skies, soft sand underfoot and gentle, whispering breezes. Sounds great and it will cost ya $15.

The event is through Cayman Express and all prices are in Cayman Islands Dollars.

Who is Sunny Jim?

James “Sunny Jim” White was born in San Antonio, Texas. His earliest memories of live music are steeped in the sounds of the Texas swing bands to which his parents danced. The Texas twang of his guitar is part of his sound even today. James spent part of his adolescence on the Texas Gulf Coast in Corpus Christi, which sparked in him a love for the beach, surf music and the mystery of the eternal sea.

The White family moved to Southern California during the height of the Psychedelic Era (1969) where he soaked up the FM radio sounds of the times, with Motown, Memphis, the LA sound, and of course the San Francisco sound adding to the mix. Around this time James first picked up a guitar, and soon developed a passion that turned into a career.

Several years later, while pursuing music in Nashville, Tennessee, he joined a band headed to the Cayman Islands for a year-long gig. The band left at the end of the contract, but James White had discovered his Caribbean soul and stayed.

He landed a gig at the world-class Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman and Britannia Resort where he was artist-in-residence for more than a decade. Life in the Caribbean was good! “Sunny Jim” soaked up the sights and sounds of the West Indies and put them in his music, and he even taught himself to play the pan.

The Cayman Islands is a crossroads for travellers from all corners of the world and real characters ended up in his songs. Friendships forged there remain strong today, so his circle of friends extends to several ports of call in the islands. In 2000 Sunny Jim left the expatriate life and moved to Florida’s beautiful Suncoast, where he is now at home.

He is a regular on Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, broadcasted on Sirius Satellite radio. He enjoys performing for purveyors of the island lifestyle from coast to coast. His schedule takes him to cities such as New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Atlanta, Key West, Houston, Richmond and Phoenix among many others. His travels have also included going back to the Caribbean to perform in St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, the Bahamas and of course his old home, the Cayman Islands.

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