Following on the heels of the successful Simply Myrna revue at The Courtleigh Auditorium on Saturday, the banquet hall of the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville will be transformed into a swanky nightclub for the show's debut in that town this weekend.
On Saturday, March 16, starting with pre-show cocktails at 7:00 p.m and showtime at 8:00 p.m., Myrna Hague will again delight audiences in Mandeville with her onstage versatility and wide repertoire of songs, along with her special guest, the incomparable Ernie Smith, one of Jamaica's most prolific songwriters and recording artistes.
Known for his powerful and unique baritone vocals, Smith is expected to belt out crowd favourites which have earned him the popularity he continues to enjoy after many years on the entertainment scene, locally and internationally.
Among his many hits from the '60s and '70s are: Bend Down, Duppy or Gunman, Ride On Sammy, One Dream, and Pitta Patta.
It comes as no surprise that Smith has received many accolades for his contribution to the entertainment industry. Among them are: The 1972 Yamaha Music Festival Award in Japan for Life Is Just For Living, a song originally written for a Red Stripe commercial and as a songwriter for Tinga Stewart's Play De Music which won the 1974 Festival Song Contest. In 1973, Smith also received a well-deserved honour from the Jamaican Government with the Badge of Honour for meritorious service in the field of music.
The award-winning Cari-Folk Singers will again bring its colourful and elegant theatrical presentations of Caribbean folk songs and dance to add to the evening's musical extravaganza.
Promising a show as fantastic as the one in St Andrew, the producers of the show say the same group of musicians will be providing backing for Mandeville.
They are the legendary Marjorie Whylie on piano, renowned drummer Desi Jones, guitarist Rupert Bent Sr, trumpeter Vivian Scott, son of the late great saxophonist, Ossie Scott. The musical arranger and conductor is Ralph Holding Jr, while Whylie will also be contributing a special arrangement for the show.
Sponsors of the show are The Gleaner Company Limited, Mega Mart in Kingston and Mandeville, Jamaica National, KLAS Sport Radio FM, KOOL FM, CVM TV, the Spanish Court Hotel, Isle Chix, Golf View Hotel, The Piano House and Stage Records.