14 Jan

Featured Artist: Barefoot Poets

Although Barefoot Poets (who all reside in NYC and who originate from Jamaica, save one) are a relatively new group, each member possesses a wealth of musical experience specifically in this style we call REGGAE, touring with and supporting a diverse group of performers.

When someone hears lead singer Marie Thomas for the first time, the ear is met with a unique and totally natural voice. Ms. Thomas never “learned” to sing: she just DOES. One is left asking the question, “Where has she been all this time?” Possessing a lovely voice and a lot of soul, Ms. Thomas also has that rare ability to connect with the listener-audience whether performing live or on record.

Guitarist Linford “Lennie” Carby, after paying dues backing up reggae artists from rocksteady to dancehall as a member of NYC’s top backup band, the “A Team”, did 3 international tours with Burning Spear.

Drummer Karl Wright has performed and toured with just about anyone and everyone, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs, Maxi Priest, Junior Reid, Freddie MacGregor and Marcia Griffiths (just to name a few).

Percussionist Delroy Golding has long been a stalwart of the reggae scene, touring internationally with Burning Spear and others.

Bassist David Reichley performed jazz on upright bass and vowed he would “never play an electric instrument”: until reggae called. Since then, he has answered the music’s call – for years, backing up foundational reggae artists such as Ken Boothe, Hopeton Lewis, Phyllis Dillon, Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites, Rico, Leroy Sibbles, Tony Tuff and others.

The other members of the band, guitarist Doug Williams and keyboardist Ian Purrier, have also spent years in the reggae “trenches”, stretching back to the early days in Jamaica and forward into the international scene.