Uploaded on Sep 12, 2008
Their music at: www.jollyboysmusic.com.
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The Jolly Boys at Spectra - AmerImage - Montreal.
in a 60 minutes production by:
Special thanks to Laurent Saulnier and Caroline Johnson, who did a great effort to help the Jolly Boys to perform in Canada.
As well Kerry Clarke from
Calgary Folk Music Festival,
Ness Creek Music Festival
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D'AFRIQUE - MONTREAL
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The interesting thing is that they started as the Swamp Boys, 40's through the middle 60's a Mento band.
HOW THE NAME CAME ABOUT - One day a big belly white man (connected to one of the hotels where they perform) told them after listen to the band: you guys are not the swamp boys but The Jolly Boys. That is how their name came about. On that line-up you see: Mr. Joseph Bennett (aka Powdah), lead singer, Mr. Lindsey Lynch on the Banjo (son of the Jolly Boys founder Noel Lynch), Mr. Johny (Henry Derrick) on the Kalimba Box and on the guitar Mr. Noel Howard.
Unfortunately The Jolly Boys lost one of its most important member, mr. Moses Deans who passed away (a little note below on Glory Aspinall book on her friend). He was their banjo player, backing vocal and lead vocal. Also Allan Swymmer, the amazing lead sing and bongo player of the cds: pop' n'mento produced by Jules Shear and the "beer joint + tailoring" produced by Andy Kershaw. Allan has his own Mento band. The founders of the Jolly Boys: Moses Dean, Noel Howard, Noel Lynch (Guitar and father of the banjo player on the video shown, Lindsay Lynch) and Johny (Henry Derrick).
Mento music, as represented by its best known practitioners the Jolly Boys, signifies one of the first original recorded contemporary Caribbean island music styling of the 20th century. Many different types of music styles (for example Jonkunno, Quadrille, and the simple plantation work songs, to name a few) collided together to create a vibrant musical fabric of the Caribbean, and some would argue, particularly, in Jamaica.
Mento as a musical style had many parents, among them Trinidadian calypso, old Christian hymns, southern blues and later even jazz. Mento is originally thought to have emerged as a style of island folk music on Jamaica in the early part of last century. The original term, 'Mento,' took on new meanings over time as the style enjoyed a brief time in the spotlight in the 1940's and the 1950's, before it faded out in timely conjunction with the political and cultural awakening of the Jamaican people. This awakening came as part the people's pursuit of self-government and political autonomy from her British rulers, culminating in full independence in 1962.
From the the Shivu Raos Site (May 2002)
The Jolly Boys are the foremost performers of Mentor, the ribald, witty first cousin of Jamaican reggae. Like reggae, Mento is marked by a shuffling, syncopated guitar strum, an irreverent attitude, and a lazy, swaying danceability. Unlike reggae, Mento has no sacramental roots, nor does it strain after profundity. Instead, Mento makes a religion of sexual braggadocio, drinking, and good times. The Jolly Boys have been composing and performing mentos for decades; indeed, they used to perform for Errol Flynn when he stayed at his Jamaican villa. Their sound is derived from rhythmic bongo playing, along with solos by the banjo and kalimba (finger piano). Two representative discs are Pop 'n' Mento and Sunshine 'n' Water. ~ Leon Jackson, All Music Guide - on the Artist Direct site.
Gloria Aspinall's Book
Gloria Aspinall of New Hampshire, USA had an interesting story to tell about her twenty five year relationship with Jolly Boy Moses Deans. So much so, that she has written a self published a book, "Cast The First Stone". She was a white conservative New England widow in her 30s when Deans fell in love with her in the late 1960s. Their story explores the struggles of a mixed race couple in the 1960s from Port Antonio, Jamaica to Manchester, NH. Gloria remembers Moses as kind, spiritual, and loving, and not having received the recognition he deserved.
"Cast The First Stone" Gloria B. Aspinall
contact her at glori7 at localnet.com.
Eu os produzi para o Festival de Jazz de Montreal e outros festivais canadenses. Vejam o site deles: www.thejollyboysmusic.com
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