We Need More Cowbell

It was twilight, a day or two before this year’s Island Roots Heritage Festival was set to begin. Town was quiet and still as I walked our dog, Wrigley, along the Settlement Creek waterfront. But faintly, on the breeze, I heard drums. And cowbells.

I tracked the sound west, past the ferry dock and Curry’s Food Store. The music grew louder as I passed Settlement Point and the freight dock. As I rounded the corner by Sundowners, I came upon this.

In case you don’t recognize the music, these are Junkanoo musicians, practicing for their performance at that weekend’s festival. I’ll post more about the Island Roots Heritage Festival (and Junkanoo) soon. Meanwhile, enjoy this sneak preview.

  6 comments for “We Need More Cowbell

  1. L. Jump
    August 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

    What a fantastic surprise to stumble across on a dog walk. And, Wrigley had such good manners about it all.

    • August 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I though it was quite a treat. Wrigley, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so keen. In fairness, it is quite loud and, I would imagine, scary for a little dog. Mostly, he was patient and quiet, though the occasional jiggle of the camera is due to him pulling at me to go back the other way. 🙂

  2. susan mceowen
    August 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Having the story and the video to illustrate it is awesome!

    • August 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Glad you liked it! It really was a special moment, one of those in which you don’t just hear the music, you feel it. Definitely one of the many highlights of that trip.

  3. August 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    boy do I miss that sound! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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