THE STORY OF THE CIFS
In 2009, CNCF formed the Cayman Islands’ Folk Singers, a company of amateur singers and musicians dedicated primarily to preserving, celebrating and propagating the musical traditions of the Cayman Islands. The company exists to bring to the people of the Cayman Islands folk music works of the highest possible artistic and technical standards and production values and works that are reflective of the Caymanian image and appreciative of our place in the Caribbean region and the wider world.
The songs of ‘Aunt’ Julia Hydes comprise a significant portion of the company’s repertoire and the list is rounded out with songs from around the region, including Jamaica, Belize and Guyana.
The group has performed at a number of venues including the soft opening of Miss Lassie’s – Mind’s Eye in April 2011, at Camana Bay’s annual Christmas Breeze concert and more recently ‘seaside’ amongst the Easter campsites.
“It is necessary to preserve our folk music so that it can be seen and heard for what it is; we need to remove these songs from ‘behind the breadfruit tree’, where they were being obscured from the imaginations of our young people, and bring them centre stage for all to enjoy.” -Henry Muttoo, Artistic Director
For more information on the Folk Singers email [email protected]