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Maine Represented at Tickles in St. Thomas

EW’s Open-Mic debut finally arrived on March 7th, during five days of very strong Northeast winds. We had endured a couple of wet dinghy rides that week and, while EW is sanguine about drenching me with salt water, he doesn’t feel the same about his Martin guitar.

P3070321We took the Water Island ferry to Crown Bay and everyone stayed dry. On the way in, we were engaged by four professional performers from the Allure of the Seas. They had taken the ferry to Water Island to enjoy the beach on their day off. One of them asked to see the guitar and created a free verse song on the way back to St. Thomas. I’m sorry that we didn’t write down his name – he’s from Portland, Maine! They had to hurry back to the boat to get ready to perform in Chicago, one of the many entertainment options aboard the world’s largest cruise ship.

At Tickles, we joined LeeAnn from Two Much Fun who had been ashore getting errands done and we three ordered drinks while we waited for Peter to ride in with Bob and Debbie from Fidelity – in their new, large, fast and relatively dry dinghy. Peter from Two Much Fun is EW’s musical mentor in the Caribbean. He’s been incredibly generous with his time and talent and advice, and he was going to perform with EW and with Bob at Open Mic Night.  Bob also performed professionally at one point, plays the guitar and has an excellent singing voice.

On the Boat LaLuna Jam 3-2-2012 6-12-40 PMAlso joining us, but not performing, were Ben and Pam from Cricket. They had participated in two evening music sessions on La Luna and Two Much Fun and also have outstanding singing voices. On Too Much Fun Jam 3-3-2012 7-27-08 PMBen plays guitar and Pam is learning mandolin. They have since left St. Thomas to begin a leisurely cruise back home. We will miss them. As the dinner hour progressed, EW’s groupies straggled in: Jeff and Barb the St. Thomas Harts, and Jenn and Ryan from Sandy Dreams. We were a strong group.

Open Mic EW's biggest fan 3-7-2012 7-27-07 PM



Open Mic Barb Hart I 3-7-2012 7-05-57 PMEW and I were delighted to see Kevin Boothby tuning his guitar before the show. Kevin single hands his small cutter, Ruth Avery, sailing her each year from Maine to St. Thomas and back again. We knew he participated in musical evenings, but had missed his performances in Maine. Open Mic Kevin from right 3-7-2012 7-51-13 PMOn this evening, he played bass for the house band, and then did a solo set, singing and accompanying himself on the guitar.  I. of course, took a lot of photos. How many, you may ask? Well, I took so many photos of Kevin and then of Peter and Bob, that one couple in the audience asked me whether I was the official photographer.

Not likely. We chatted and I met B.J. Glanville and Tom Brown, who live in Kittery, Maine!

So, Kevin gave an excellent performance.Open Mic Kevin picking 3-7-2012 7-46-18 PM






Then, Bob and Peter sang and picked like the professionals they are.Open Mic Peter and Bob 3-7-2012 8-01-55 PM








Then, EW stood up and joined Peter on “stage” as Bob returned to the audience.

Open Mic EW and Peter Pickin and Playin 3-7-2012 8-25-20 PM

Open Mic Peter Pickin 3-7-2012 8-17-34 PM

He wasn’t nervous, but it was the first time he’d played in public standing up and the first time he had sung with a microphone. At the last minute, Peter told EW to “eat the mic”, but that’s a difficult thing to remember your first time on stage.

EW did just fine. Unfortunately, the venue didn’t have the amplification mix right, so it was difficult for most of the audience to hear them, and the instruments sounded a bit tinny. Open Mic EW Singing 3-7-2012 8-22-59 PMI was so proud of EW. More than anyone  I know, he is always eager to learn new things and try new adventures. He was great. I love that man.

I know inquiring minds will want to know what they played. They started with “Norwegian Wood”, with Peter singing the lead and playing the lead on the mandolin. EW backed him up on the guitar. Then EW sang “Louise” and Peter played lead on the mandolin. They finished their set with “Tico Tico No Fuba”, an instrumental that they both love and that EW has been working on since Grenada. Outstanding. (Follow the link to hear Paco de Lucia play that number.)

P3070379While their extensive fan club was hooting and clapping and congratulating them, the emcee introduced the next act – Tom Brown from Kittery. He performed classic rock numbers and also did Maine proud. Open Mic Kittery 3-7-2012 8-31-40 PM 

So there were three musicians, thousands of miles across the sea from Maine, performing on the same night at Tickles in St. Thomas. At the same time, the Allure of the Seas was cruising to their next stop, and many of the passengers were enjoying a performance of Chicago with a young man from Maine singing in one of the roles.

Mainahs travel well. Ayuh.

NOTE: I’m such a Mainah that for months I thought EW’s favorite instrumental was Tico Tico No Fubar.  In Maine, a word pronounced as fuba, would be spelled fubar. EW set me straight. He has to do that a lot.

Finally, as we were leaving to catch the 9:00 ferry, we saw someone at the bar wearing this shirt. Maine rocks!

Open Mic shirt 3-7-2012 8-35-45 PM


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