Everyone from Paul McCartney, Bruce & The E Street Band to the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Adele, Alicia, pub entertainers and millions more have nowhere to play.
Lockdowns and Quarantines shut down West End Theatres, Broadway, Las Vegas, Stadium Concerts, Clubs & Bars. It’s been a global disaster for the performing arts.
BUT – there is HOPE!
HOPE is a song for the times – written by Barbadian, James “Jimmy” Duncan & Bermudian Tony Brannon. Lyrics in the form of a poem were sent by Tony to Jimmy inspiring him to write the music plus additional lyrics.
The verses talk about the reality of not seeing any live music or fans going to a football game, be it soccer in Liverpool or any global sporting event. 2020 and 2021 feels like a long dark night – lonely prisoners in our homes. The Covid pandemic has resulted in millions of lives lost around the world. Businesses and livelihoods have been shattered.
H O P E – is what keeps us alive when things don’t always go our way. Breathe in and out, hold on be strong, we are gonna make it through this.
Perfect Strangers is an ensemble of some of the finest musicians on the planet…
Will Lee (Bass Guitar)
Will has played on more hit records than any bass player alive from The Bee Gees, Maria Carey, Carly Simon, Joan Armatrading, Barbara Streisand, Al Green, Michael Bolton Peabo Bryson, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, Cher, Liza Minnelli, James Brown, Bette Midler, Cissy Houston, Ringo Starr, Chaka Khan, Barry Manilow…. the list goes on. Will was part of the Paul Shafer Orchestra on the David Letterman show for over 33 years from the 1st show in 1982 through to the end in 2015.
Andy Newmark (Drums)
This Bermudian has a list of credits including: Sly & The Family Stone, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, David Bowie, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, Carly Simon, James Taylor, George Benson, Roxy Music, David Gilmour & The Bermuda Jam.
Deric Dyer (Sax)
Deric was raised in Bermuda and played, as a young man, in the Bermuda band The Altogether. His international career includes Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, John Miles, Belgium’s Night of The Proms with Roger Hodgson, Bryan Ferry, Al Jarreau, Tony Hadley and Andrea Bocelli.
Mitch Chakour is a guitarist, keyboardist and music/vocal arranger in the Boston area and was the Musical Director for legendary Joe Cocker. Mitch also played for Peter Wolf & The J Geils Band for 5 years and a further 7 years with The J Geils Band.
Tim Pike (Lead Vocal)
Tim is a brilliant soul, blues & rock singer. Tim headed up vocals in Paul Allen’s band The Underthinkers (Paul Allen and Bill Gates were founding partners of Microsoft).
Dan Reid (Guitar)
Dan is a guitarist and record producer. He has written music for the NFL, BBC, SKY SPORTS and has played on records by Will Young, Aled Jones & Light of the World.
James “Jimmy” Duncan (Guitar, Keys, bv’s & co-writer)
Jimmy has been a part of the music scene in Barbados all his life. Drummer Andy Newmark introduced Tony Brannon to Jimmy in 1981. Jimmy’s musical journey includes The Merry Boys, Ivory, The Splashband & Two Guitars. Jimmy wrote music for the James Bond movie Licensed To Kill, a song called Wedding Party via his friendship with composer Michael Kamen. Jimmy also recorded in 1981 with Paul McCartney in Barbados.
Tony Brannon (Piano, Organ, Acoustic Guitar & co-writer)
Tony’s musical career includes Bermuda club owner, Bermuda concert promoter and playing keyboards for Maxi Priest, Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) and numerous Bermudian bands.
The HOPE Singers
Recorded by John Woolridge: Latosha Codrington, Samantha Smith, Dwayne Robinson & Wayne Caines.
Available via stream.theatre from 21 to 28 February 2021 direct to your home!
‘It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back.’
***** ‘A tear-jerking, heart-pumping winner’ Broadway World
***** ‘Each song even more inspiring than the last’ Theatre Weekly
***** ‘Hard to believe it could be done any better’ Musical Theatre Review
Watch the trailer here:
Songs For A New World
Filmed during the first UK lockdown, entirely in isolation and on the artists smart phones, Séimí Campbell directs Rachel John (Hamilton), Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom of The Opera), Cedric Neal (Motown the Musical), Rachel Tucker (Come From Away) and newcomer Shem Omari-James, with musical supervision by Adam Hoskins, musical direction from Josh Winstone and video editing by Danny Kaan.
Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and sitting between musical and song cycle, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love, and the choices that we make as it transports audiences through time and space.
Don’t miss your last chance to catch this critically acclaimed ‘virtual lockdown production’ as it streams again for a week this month – book your tickets today.
Watch at a time that suits you! Available worldwide and on demand until 28 February 2021.
Reza is best known as the flamboyant and highly entertaining TV chef, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Indian food. He has received high praise for his last three Food Network series Reza’s African Kitchen and Reza, Spice Prince of India and Reza, Spice Prince of Thailand/Spice Prince of Vietnam.
He has made recent appearances on BBC’s The One Show as guest chef and judge for the UK Food and Farming Awards and guest chefs for ITV’s This Morning.
The British Curry Awards awarded Reza the special recognition award 2015 for his contribution to the UK curry industry.
Reza’s Indian Spice was published with Quadrille to much acclaim, winning 2nd prize in the Gourmand World Cookbook awards (Indian section) and Editor’s Pick in The Bookseller. Drawing from his encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian food, Reza combines Indian and Western flavours to stunning effect, delivered in his informal, humorous style.
Reza cut his televisual teeth on Flavours of India in 1993/4 but he really came into his own as co-presenter with Sanjeev Bhaskar on Delhi Belly in 2001 for UKTV. The much talked-about series is still being repeated on air to this day and has lost none of its popularity. In 2002 Channel 4 came looking for the next big star for their hugely popular series A Place in France and found it in Reza Mahammad. This resulted in the completion of the next two series,A Place in France II and III. Reza’s relationship with UKTV resumed with Coconut Coast in 2003 and was followed by United States of Reza in 2004.
Reza has a wealth of experience on the food festival circuit, headlining most recently at The Good Food and Wine Shows Durban, Cape Town, Jo’burg, Kuwait Food Festival, The Taste of Dubai, Taste of Abu Dhabi, Leicester Food Festival, Russia Food Festival as well as BBC Good Food Shows. He is scheduled to make appearances at the Fantastic British Food Festivals this year.
Below you will find all the ingredients needed to follow Reza at home for his delicious recipe for
‘Ricotta pancakes with spiced red and golden plums’
Follow along with Reza in this exclusive video
Ingredients Serves 4
250g ricotta cheese
2 eggs separated plus I whole egg
25g unsalted butter melted plus more for frying
½ tsp vanilla paste/extract
finely grated zest of 2 oranges
50g plain flour
For the spiced plum compote
225g caster sugar ( add 25g more if the plums are not too ripe and sharp)
3 star anise
Juice of 2 oranges
½ tbsp finely grated ginger
¼ tsp salt
200g ripe red plums cut into halves remove the stone then cut into wedges
200g ripe golden plums do the same as the red plums
A squeeze of lemon juice optional (if the plums are very sweet)
Reza has a highly regarded cookery school in South West France, Chez Cartier, where he teaches and hosts international clients, showcasing his vast repertoire of cuisines and flavours.