He’s played everywhere from Vietnam to Mexico, but the Cayman Islands will always have a special place in his heart.
Peter Bacon returns to Morritt’s from Friday, 8 June to perform on Friday and Saturday evenings and the pianist says he feels like it will be coming home.
“Cayman to me represents home in many ways. It was a special time in my life living on the water in the East End of the Cayman Islands for nearly eight years.
“I loved my work at Morritt’s and the venues on Seven Mile Beach and appreciated the support I received from all my Cayman friends,” he tells Weekender.
But that tranquillity was shattered, as it was for all, by the intervention of a certain weather event.
“Hurricane Ivan was devastating for so many, and certainly changed the course in my life. I was very comfortable in my Cayman-style life and had to pick up, brush myself off, and get on with the show,” he recalls.
That meant hooking up with an old contact who invited Peter to play at his club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
“It was difficult to leave Cayman, and for the past eight years I have always had the hope of returning and seeing my old friends and playing my music for them once again,” says the pianist.
And the show does go on, with entertainment to the fore for this great friend of Cayman.
“I hope that when people come to see my show they feel that they are being fully entertained. I want to share some laughter and smiles and take my audience on musical journey through the decades with a mix of Blues, Jazz Standards, Boogie Woogie, and Good Old Rock and Roll.
“I have never been one to sit quietly and play. On the contrary, I am very interactive and love to get the toes tappin’ and the fingers snappin’ and my audience singing along to their favourites,” he smiles.
Memorable gigs include playing for the CEO of Pepsico, Roger Enrico, who subsequently invited Peter to play at the company’s annual convention at Nevis. There, he played for US President George W. Bush.
“Harry Belafonte was also performing at the event and we have some great photos and memories from that event,” says Peter, who adds that his experiences playing in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam exposed him to the beauty of the land and the people over there.
Musical inspirations range from Fats Waller to Fats Domino, Louis Prima, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elton John, Johnny Mathis and Sinatra among many others. As a performer, he has also been privileged to play with some incredible names over the years.
“You just never know who may be in your audience. I was thrilled one evening in Cabo to have Johnny Mathis come up and sing a song with me. One evening, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas joined me for a song.
“And most nights at Morritt’s you can count on David Morritt singing Are you Lonesome Tonight. It’s not Mathis, but it’s fun,” says Peter.
Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7.30pm. Entry free and open to allcomers. The show is at the David’s Deep Blue Restaurant & Bar at Morritt’s Tortuga Club in East End.