The MERRYMEN- Island in the Sun

The MERRYMEN- Island in the Sun

Most Barbadians and West Indians grew up on the harmonious tunes of The Merrymen. They are truly a treasure of Barbados and the Caribbean.

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  • Ann Kennedy  On 03/10/2011 at 2:01 am

    Yes the Merrymen were the best in their day. I could not wait for summer vacation to go to Barbados and listen to them play at the Caribbean Pepperpot or any other place on the Island. Of course when they played on the Jolley Roger sailing out in the Caribbean sea, we all had rum punches drinking up a storm and dancing to their intoxicating Island music. I heard them play in Toronto and New York as well. I will never forget a wedding that I attended in Christ Church Barbados where they played and kept the bride and groom from leaving for their honeymoon. The groom said we could always get the next flight out, but we can’t always hear the sounds of the Merrymen.

    • guyaneseonline  On 03/10/2011 at 2:39 pm

      Hello Ann:

      Thanks for your comment
      The Merrymen are still playing. ….
      Two weeks ago there was a big dance at the Yacht Club in Barbados featuring The Merrymen.
      I saw them, for the first time, in 1967 in Montreal at Expo67… where they were a feature at the Barbados Pavilion.
      They were also in Toronto for the first Caribana in1967.
      Very few bands have such longevity. Of course The Tradewinds still play and were formed in the same era.

  • Ann Kennedy  On 03/13/2011 at 1:43 am

    Thanks for reply Cyril,

    I saw the Merrymen at the first Caribanna in Toronto. I played mass in a group of Guyanese called the knights of the Orient with Dave Martin and the Tradewinds. I could remember Dave heckling some of us Guyanese saying A is for arange and not orange. When ever Dave comes to Florida or Toronto I try to be there to listen to his great music.
    Thanks for all the features you run in Guyaneseonline.

  • NDTewarie  On 09/29/2015 at 8:35 am

    The rendition and lyrics of the songs are just marvelous, no other group can come near it. Each one is a classic and as a poet I am honored and consider it a privilege to hear them personally whenever I can. God bless these men THE MERRYMEN!

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