Based in Toronto, Peter Sandy’s Gamma Creole Band is set to entertain Durham next Sunday, June 29, at the Durham Caribbean Festival being held at the Greenwood Conservation Area in Ajax.
The festival is the highlight of Ajax Caribbean Week—as declared by Ajax’s Mayor Steve Parish, on Monday June 9, 2014.
Sandy and his 6-member band, hail from the southern Caribbean islands of Dominica, St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago, which is evident from its eclectic repertoire of musical genres. They include: reggae, soca, cadence-lypso (Dominica’s national music), zouk and R&B.
Gamma Creole Band has performed at St. Catherine’s Palm Grove Club, the Newmarket Caribbean South-Asian Festival, the annual Dominican farm-owner George Carrington’s Brampton Caribana event, The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bequia Social Organization annual Dinner and Dance and Route 66, among other venues and events.
According to co founder and drummer, Garford George, Gamma Creole aims to provide professional, dedicated service, and to promote Dominican music, and in particular, cadence-lypso, to its Canadian audience.
“We want them to enjoy the band’s versatility and to hear original music,” says George. “We play music that reflects the dignity and pride of our cultures. We don’t play songs with profanity or offensive lyrics.”
He adds, “The band works towards being an irreplaceable, refreshing and powerful icon at the forefront of the music industry, bringing people together, touching every corner of the globe, and doing what we love.”
The band consists of founder and leader, guitarist and lead vocalist, Peter Sandy; co founder, drummer and back up vocalist, Garford George; bass guitar player, Matthew Clarke; singer, back up vocalist and percussionist, Ilie Kochie; trumpet player and back up vocalist, Godfrey MCintosh; and saxophonist, Gordon MCintosh (MCintosh Brothers). The band’s manager is Howard Benjamin.
All members of Gamma Creole Band are seasoned musicians with experience performing before both large crowds — and intimate audiences. Gamma Creole band members say they possess the passion, finesse and experience to make any event, especially an island-themed event, nostalgic and memorable with sweet Caribbean music.
Sandy says a debut CD is scheduled to drop in late 2014. Meanwhile the band will be playing at events during the 2014 summer season around the GTA and environs.
Gamma Creole Band may be reached at: 416-303-5055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.