Calypso and laughter live up to festival expectations
The Bermuda Calypso and Comedy Masters Festival second round this past weekend at the Fourways Inn lived up to every expectation. Topping the show were Calypsonians Stan (Lord Necktie) Seymour, Duke Joell, June Casey, King Trott and David Moniz with their inimitable renditions spontaneously exciting singalongs and sustained applause from the overflow audience of locals and tourists alike.
Then the comedians came to the stage, each with their jokes, some drier than others, all funny, keeping Fourways alive with laughter and applause. First up was ‘Mr Versatile’ Denny Richardson. He was followed by former policeman John Dale, who did not even attempt to sing like a calypsonian, but rather like a newfangled Frank Sinatra, for which he compensated with a round of his Scottish jokes. Charles Jeffers and Stuart Hollis did their thing underlining the fact that no matter what age, legend or amateur, Bermuda has lots of talent.
The festival was organised by Dale Butler’s Atlantic Publishing House and Darlene Hartley’s MyThyme Productions. They are a fired-up production team who have conceived a variety of secular and religious fund-raising efforts aimed at sending the Giant Steps Band of Bermuda to participate in the Havana International Jazz in Cuba in December. The Giant Steps Band is a group of seasoned musicians headed by saxophonist Max Maybury.
The next Darlene-Dale venture is set for tomorrow at St Paul AME, Hamilton, being round two of The Bermuda International Church Piano/Jazz Festival at 4pm. Special guest will be associate professor of music at Oakwood University, Dr Wayne Bucknor. He will be joined by locals Jonathon Tankard, Brian Herbert, Elizabeth Gumbs, Raymond George, The Giant Steps Band, The Sweet Cherries from North Rock and The Six Ripe Loquats from Pond Hill.
Mr Bucknor is chair of Oakwood University’s music department, a position he has held since 2011. A pianist, he first went to OU in 1998 to teach piano and music technology. A year earlier, he had started serving as Minister of Music for the Madison Mission Seventh-day Adventist Church in Madison, Alabama — a position he held until 2012. Earlier he toured in Japan with the nationally known Grammy award-winning group Take 6.
Bucknor was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Alabama A & M University with an M. Mus. Ed. in 1998. He subsequently completed a DMA in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He is also a songwriter, producer, and arranger for soloists and groups, including Virtue (I Must Tell Jesus, Angels Watching Over Me, Till You Believe [piano]), the Madison Mission Mass Choir (Great and Marvellous, Open Praise, Lord, We Have Come, etc.) He is often a featured presenter in gospel workshops, most recently participating in the fifth annual West Coast Gospel Music Symposium at Englewood, California.
THE FUBLER DIAMONDS
‘Diamonds Aglow’ is the new designation given Evangelist Joy Fubler and her husband Ivan of Crawl, Hamilton Parish, following their front-page Royal Gazette feature a week ago and the celebration later that night at the BIU Hall of their 60th wedding anniversary.
The couple are well-known pillars at the House of Prayer International Ministries Church atop Marsh Folly Road, Pembroke. She is an ordained Evangelist and husband Ivan is a Deacon. They were hailed for sustaining in so exemplary a manner the past 60 years what a succession of church and other leaders termed ‘a marriage that must have been made in heaven’.
Perhaps not so well-known has been the years of volunteer behind-the-scenes service the Fublers have freely undertaken with STAR, the institute at John Smith’s Bay for patients laid aside with AIDS, and also with Prison Fellowship, helping to care for the children of prisoners. Furthermore, they are active in the Seniors Island Centre at Admiralty House.
The couple exchanged their marriage vows at St John’s Anglican Parish Church, Pembroke, on October 8, 1953. Mrs Fubler, aged 82, was the seventh of the eight children born to the now deceased Albert and Matilda Hudson of North Shore, Devonshire. Theirs was a deeply religious family. Four siblings survive. They are Emily Outerbridge, aged 93, who is another stalwart of The House of Prayer where, Joy said in passing, her sister was practically born; Salvation Army leader Olvis Doars and sister Gendeline Wallace.
Deacon Fubler for many years worked in Government’s postal and prison service. He became a self-employed, busy construction worker. For more than 18 years he was the chief maintenance man at the Bermuda Industrial Union. Former union president Derek Burgess, MP, said: “Fubler was a jack of all trades, who could be relied upon to fix the air conditioning, lights or what ever went wrong at any of the union’s facilities.”
Deacon Fubler proudly built the family’s homestead, aptly known as ‘Bon-Joy,’ at Aubrey Road in Crawl. Their family consists of three daughters and four sons. Eldest daughter Merle Williams is now in retail sales, after having retired working, 25 years for an exempt company. Daughter Beverley Cann has now worked 20 years for an exempt company and Maxine Sinnons is in the laundry at Southampton Princess Hotel. Sons are Raymon, Ivan Fubler Jr, Dexter and Craig.
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