Country and western fans on Cayman Brac are dusting of their cowboy boots and gearing up for plenty of good times and good music this weekend.

The Veterans and Seaman’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is presenting the 2016 Arlin Tatum Tribute Concert and Country Jamboree on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Veterans and Seamen’s Centre starting at 6:30 p.m., with free admission for all.

Steak, barbecue chicken, pulled pork and fish, all on the grill, will be served from 6:30 p.m. onward, and there will be a raffle with cash prizes and a Cayman Airways ticket.

With MC Jonathan Tibbetts at the helm, the night’s performers include “Big Ray” Raymond Scott and the Country Boys, the Cayman Cowboy Andy Martin, Gary Martin, Renrick (Rene) Conolly, Ernie Scott, Henry Scott, Idalee Scott, Dave Tatum, Greta Tatum, Junior Dilbert, and Percy Whorms. Other scheduled acts include DJ Slim and Technical ‘Mardo, special impersonations of “The Man in Black” and “Honky Tonk Angels,” country line dance performance by Sophia Johnston and Koalition Dance Troupe.

Capt. Tatum pictured jamming with fellow musicians.
Capt. Tatum pictured jamming with fellow musicians.

“Brackers have long been associated with a love for country music and Andy Martin, the ‘Cayman Cowboy’ brought this to the forefront,” said event organizer Liz Walton Thompson.

She said the Veterans and Seamen’s Society was looking for another fundraising event and when the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Cayman Brac ceased holding their country night, Ms. Walton Thompson said she jumped at the opportunity to make it a part of the veterans’ and seamen’s calendar. Saturday’s event is the third Brac Jamboree; the first was in 2012 and the second in 2014.

“Expect country music at its best, great entertainment, good food, and a good clean family environment,” said Ms. Walton Thompson.

Capt. Arlin Tatum playing the guitar while at sea circa 1959.
Capt. Arlin Tatum playing the guitar while at sea circa 1959.

This year’s event commemorates Captain Arlin Tatum, the past president (2011-2015) of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, who passed away on Dec. 3, 2015.

“He was a popular musician, playing the guitar and singing at many charitable events throughout the Cayman Islands,” said Ms. Walton Thompson. “He loved country music and performed at the last country Jamboree in 2014 with great passion.”

She said this year’s tribute to Capt. Tatum will feature performances of a selection of songs he recorded over the years.

“Renrick Conolly … was like a son to him and will be performing in the tribute segment,” she added. “I would like to think that Capt. Tatum will be smiling down from the great beyond on Saturday night.”

Musicians Vernon Smith and Raymond Scott perform earlier this year.
Musicians Vernon Smith and Raymond Scott perform earlier this year.
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