Check out the island music Sea N’ B band and you will hear the outstanding work of some of Cayman’s best musicians.
To be exact, that’s Mark McTaggart on drums, Roger “Bugs” Wilson on bass, Chuck Quappé on vocals, piano and guitar, and Barrie Quappé on vocals, congas, percussion. Hot on the heels of their newly released single, “All I Want For Christmas Is Nothing,” Weekender caught up with the group to find out what this year has in store for them.
What was your favorite gig you played in 2014?
Love them all – and now in our seasoned state, we enjoy fans we call friends as we known most of them a very long time. However, the “Jekyll & Hyde” run at the Prospect Playhouse was certainly challenging and different, as was performing with the famous Dawnn Lewis (composer for Bill Cosby show theme, actress, etc.) in February for the Cayman Heart Fund fundraiser. Dawnn went to the University of Miami with lead singer Barrie moons ago and she agreed to perform for free for Barrie’s mom’s charity! It was a magical night. Still love our second home at Nipper’s on Guana Cay in the Abacos (Bahamas).
Which other bands/acts impressed you in 2014?
Eden Hurlstone and his various manifestations are directed by love – his love for music and his love for people. He is a powerhouse of positivity and we love to see him perform anytime. Our other absolute favorite is Bob Moseley and Gone Country or Red, White & Blues. Always a lot of fun! The jam nights have really done a lot to help musicians hang out together and be creative. Great stuff.
What do you have lined up for 2015?
A lot of performances. Every other Friday at Havana Club; every Saturday at The Wharf with The Barefoot Man; Beaglemania (Beatles & Eagles) show for Cayman Heart Fund on Friday, Feb. 13; Bahamas at Nipper’s, March 13-14; as well as a number of private parties booked in the U.S.
How has Cayman’s music scene developed in 2014, and what else can be done to help musicians?
It has grown not just in number but in quality exponentially. It’s a very exciting time to be a musician/performer in Cayman. More? Keep on being true to your creativity, practice, practice, practice and network.
Any message to your fans?
We really appreciate their support and are gearing up for another fabulous season with new material we know you will enjoy!