The EarthKry band was born and nurtured within the halls of the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica where four budding musicians hoped to hone their skills. Their journey began with a twist of fate which brought together keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane , drummer Kieron Cunningham, bass guitarist Kamardo Blake and vocalist/guitarist Aldayne Haughton, to play a series of small gigs. Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group soon cemented a wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae, Souls and Rock genres for a fresh but universal sound.
Much like the iconic reggae outfit The Wailers, the band chose its name, EarthKry, to signify its mission to voice the grievances of the downtrodden through the vibrations of their music. Befittingly, their debut single “9 to 5” echoes the daily tribulations of the working class who are barely able to make ends meet from the menial wages they receive.
Since 2013 the band has spent much of their time creating music with other notable artistes in recording sessions while further developing their signature sound. Through the guidance of veteran drummer/ lecturer Derrick Stewart, veteran trumpeter Nambo Robinson and guitarist/former tutor Maurice Gordon, the band works towards releasing their first E.P and then debut album Hard Road in the near future.
The Alpaca Gnomes
The Alpaca Gnomes are a vibrant, stomp-and-groove original rock, folk, jam band with humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. They are known for blending their catchy originals with unique takes on classic songs and playing marathon length shows while keeping the crowds dancing and smiling.
Their self titled album, featuring 9 originals, including popular tracks “Honey”, “Train Song” and “Just In Case”, was released in 2012 featuring Benny Mikula(Vocals/Acoustic), Michael Gargano(Drums) Kimberly Nordling-Curtin(Violin/Vocals), Chris Barry (Guitar/Vocals), Martin Van Buren Amidon IX(Bass), Matt Summ(Percussion).
Since then they’ve been busy playing all sorts of gatherings and continue to build upon their loyal following of Gnomies. Most recently they sold out The Acoustic in Bridgeport and have made stops at InfinityHall(Norfolk,CT) Fairfield Theatre Company(Fairfield, CT), Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT), Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), Toad’s Place(New Haven) and many others.
They’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage and playing their songs with many talented musicians over the years including DJ Logic, Ed Mann(Frank Zappa) and members of Railroad Earth. They’ve also had the opportunity to share bills with the likes of Blues Traveler, Living Colour, Rick Derringer, The Tokens, The Drifters and many other fantastic bands.