Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
"Them always do a good job; they never fail to perform at their best." a man said to no one in particular as he edged closer to the improvised stage.
Performing on that stage were the Jamaican Folk Singers, who were treating their audience to fine singing of Jamaican carols and traditional folk songs. In return, the audience sang along.
The midday concert, held on the grounds of the historic Devon House saw the Folk Singers performing traditional songs sandwiched between two sets of Christmas songs.
On the folk entrée were Dip and Fall Back and Mango Time. A lesson in confidence was illustrated in Nobody's Business and marital advice given in Poor Lizzy Jane.
Also on the programme were Dis Long Time Gal and Woman Rumble Too Much.
Traditional folk ring games came in the likes of In and Out The Window, and Funduwah which had the children joining the singers in carrying out the movements.
Both children and adults sang along to the lively Jamaican carol Sing Di Chorus, while audience member Nadine Thomas who came specifically to hear Jamaican Christmas songs said she was blessed by Fi Mi God Good Fi True.
The curtains were to come down on the performances with the popular Christmas Ah Come, the song twinned with kind wishes for the season from the Jamaican Folk Singers musical director, Christine McDonald-Nevers.
Thus was the situation on Saturday, as the Folk Singers performed in front of the Devon House Bakery. The Christmas show was the continuation of a four-year partnership with Mothers to give free concerts at their various outlets during the Yuletide season.
Saturday's concert titled Jamaica Folk Singers Live was endorsed by the RJR Communications Group for its inaugural Kingston Music Week.
In conceptualising the live music week, the organisers of Kingston Music Week tapped into already established events, an idea that McDonald-Nevers believed to be a good one.
"What it does is it provides an opportunity for more of us to go out and share in what other musicians have to offer. There are a number of events that take place sometimes on a weekly basis that a number of us are not fully aware of. So when we have this Kingston Music Week where we have everything highlighted, it exposes some of these events. I think it is great and the variety [of music genre] that is being offered is a wonderful idea. I hope that it is successful and the idea will continue," said McDonald-Nevers.
Along with Nadine Thomas, were her teenage children Leanne and Alexander. Like their mom, they enjoyed the show.
Alexander, who was seeing the group perform live for the first time, said it was good for them to go around and spread the Jamaican culture, especially as people do not show as much appreciation for the genre of music as before.
Leanne thought overall the show was entertaining and liked the tradition of incorporating ring games.