Gone but not forgotten
It is nine years since Bermudian musician Paul Gibbons died, but he is far from forgotten and his legacy lives on — as will be demonstrated this Saturday when the Bermuda Folk Club holds its annual memorial night for the former club president.
A talented line-up of singers and musicians will perform at the Spanish Point Boat Club during the evening as the club remembers the late Mr Gibbons.
Performers expected to play at the club include the Somersfield Violinists, Los Bohemios, Chris Finsness, mandolin player Barry Friedman, William Mayall, Chris Broadhurst, Val Sherwood, Mike Keats, Michael Cacy and Paul McCoy.
Mr Gibbons was a regular performer at the club after being encouraged by his friend and fellow musician Chris Broadhurst to make his debut in 1985.
Three years later Mr Gibbons released a tape of his music “Standing Ovation”.
It was at the folk club that he met fellow musicians with whom he formed the band Last Rites.
Other members of the group were vocalist Owen Burgess, lead guitar Keith Phillips, bass Mark Burgess, and drummer Jamie Petty.
The band performed in the Park Summer series for about a decade.
Mr Gibbons' last performance was with the Last Rights band when they performed at Horseshoe Bay in April 2003.
He died unexpectedly the same month.
A Last Rites' recording of the song “Chained to the Rock” later appeared on the 2010 Bermuda compilation CD “Ride the Wave (Volume 1)”.
During his years with the club Mr Gibbons was a committee member, vice president and president.
Money raised at the Paul Gibbons Memorial Night will go towards the Paul Gibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps aspiring young musicians.
The Bermuda Folk Club opens its doors at 7.30pm, with music beginning at 8pm.
For more information go to the Bermuda Folk Club website at www.folkclub.bm