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 Gnome Trio
A collective of musical gnomes who travel from gig to gig and place to place by way of Alpaca's.
Therefore, we are The Alpaca Gnomes! We bring musical joy and overall giddyness to all people of all races in all places.
The Alpaca Gnomes are an original band who are recording their debut album, but we also enjoy playing the music of others such as:
johnny cash and bill withers. grateful dead and pearl jam. the beatles and cypress hill. Led Zeppelin and the beastie boys. tom petty and sublime.
In short, we like to mix it up.