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Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. Pictured- Dale Butler (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. Pictured- June Caisey (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. Pictured- June Caisey (Front) and Dale Butler (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda Strollers Tribute: The last active band member of the Bermuda Strollers John Burch performs with June Caisey on Angle Street. The tribute was organized by Dale Butler. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

A home-grown community festival celebrating some of Bermuda’s legendary musicians was deemed a hit as it closed this weekend.

John Burch, the last active member of the Bermuda Strollers, was joined by June Caisey at Saturday’s show, entertaining an audience on Angle Street near the former Hubie’s Bar

Dale Butler, a former government minister and the island’s leading historian of Bermuda music, said the “Darn D Road” event ran for two months with a series of small weekend shows.

Mr Butler said: “I labelled it the only drive-through festival, but we didn’t block off the road and we didn’t have any accidents.

“John Burch and June Caisey received an excellent response from the people. People came and went, but there were always about 40 people sat there.”

He said that he hoped others would take up the mantle and host their own festivals across the island.

Mr Butler’s home, Rosalie Gardens, pays tribute to more than 200 artists with the Music Wall of Fame, created with the help of musician and artist Miles “Trane” Manders.

He added that the only negative to the experience was that a wooden tribute by Mr Manders highlighting Bermuda’s artists had been damaged by a driver who left the scene.

Mr Butler said that around $100 in donations had been received to repair the work, but he still hoped the driver responsible would come forward.

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Published July 12, 2021 at 7:51 am (Updated July 12, 2021 at 6:40 am)

Festival celebrating home-grown musicians proves a hit

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