Photos: Filipino Association, Folk Club Mic Night

November 13, 2015

The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda and the Bermuda Folk Club hosted a Open Mic Night last Saturday at the Spanish Point Boat Club, with some 180 people attending the event which showcased talent from Filipino and local musicians.

Janet Pyrah, President of the Bermuda Folk Club, was very impressed with the talent produced by the Filipino community and she has offered to co-host two more similar events next year.

Rowena Comber, President, and Alex Alferez, Vice-president of the Filipino Association, took up the challenge and promised to tap more of their Filipino talent to put on additional shows in the coming year.


Bermudian musician Mike Perinchief, together with Filipino singers Alex Alferez, Ailyn Uberas, Mike Geronimo, Beth Nuega, Josef Daos and Ann Mallari performed songs from different genres such as Sailing, Touch Me in the Morning, Last Dance, Flashlight, All Of Me and many more. The St. Theresa’s Church Ensemble and the Herbert Band also participated in singing both English and Filipino favorites, with Filipino guitarist Aljer Sanchez also providing some tunes.

From current hits to golden oldies, John Moss, accompanied by Mr. Perinchief on electronic keyboards, performed for the audience, who joined in with a swaying sing-along to the tunes of Those Were the Days My Friend and All I Have To Do is Dream.

Bermudian singer June Caisey entertained the audience with old standards such as Send in the Clowns and Wind Beneath My Wings. The Filipino Dancers also provided entertainment with a bamboo dance called Tinikling and the Banga or Pot Dance.

Ms Comber said, “There is an abundance of musical talent in the Philippines, because Filipinos love music and love to sing. In fact, here in Bermuda, it is very common to find karaoke singing in any of the Filipino parties. Bermudians who join the karaoke singing surprise themselves with their natural gift of singing, too. Music is a unifying force between people from different cultures and society, so it is encouraging to see the support given by the community to this event.”

Janet Pyrah added that the Folk club is always open to different styles of music. Recently the Club has had singers and musicians from Ecuador, Chile and Argentina, as well as many new persons from North America and Europe, all of whom live here and wish to contribute to the community.

She noted that the Folk Club welcomes traditional music from small communities worldwide. The Folk club donates to the Paul Gibbons Scholarship which is administered by the Bermuda School of Music. The scholarship is donated annually to a talented and committed young student of music. The Club has also donated to the Chewstick Foundation and hopes next year to donate to the Neil Burnie Foundation.

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