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Don Silverfox teams up with Baron, Plummer for evening of nostalgia
Nostalgia–An Enchanting Evening of Golden Pops and Ballads featuring Don Silverfox, Baron and Denyse Plummer will come off at Queen’s Hall on September 15. The concert will include former broadcaster and the show’s co-promoter, “Big Brother” Dave Elcock as emcee, with Baron and Plummer performing the great pop oldies. It will also be the fulfilment of Silverfox’s decades-old dream of performing on stage once again. Pelham Goddard and his ten-piece ensemble will provide musical accompaniment. According to Elcock, “The evening’s songfest will consist exclusively of the golden oldies—pop classics and beloved evergreens guaranteed to warm the heart and soothe the mind.”
Born Donald Ali, Silverfox is a former Gospel Music Association (GMA) Canada Covenant Award nominee. The silver-haired songster first hit the stage at age six and by 16 had performed on radio and at live concerts. He also performed on live television and at popular night clubs in Port-of-Spain. As part of the Light Operatic Society he performed at Queen’s Hall in the internationally renowned Pirates of Penzance, Chu Chin Chow and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. He also did solo acts at that venue. Other gigs included the Hugo Blanco Band, Dennis de Souza Quartet and sharing the stage with Sparrow and Duke. Before migrating in 1982, he had enjoyed considerable popularity as a radio, TV and night-club entertainer. Having married at age 22, Silverfox dutifully laid aside his showbiz aspirations and with his wife put their children through tertiary education.
Four decades would elapse before Don’s burning passion returned to the fore. In his golden years he again took up his first love, producing his premier CD, Dreams Come True in 2010 followed by Christmas with Me in 2011 and In His Light in 2012, all produced by renowned Grenadian musician, Eddie Bullen of Thunderdome Sound Studios, Toronto. That year, Whispering Hope,” a cut from the In His Light CD was nominated for a Song Of The Year award by GMA Canada. Drawing upon the influence of vocal greats like Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstein, Paul Anka and Frankie Laine, Silverfox has gone beyond the realm of tribute artists, becoming known as a master interpreter of yesteryear’s gems by applying a different twist to the traditional renditions.
With a repertoire of over 250 songs spanning the decades 1920 to 1970, Silverfox’s music has been described as “a nostalgic kaleidoscope of vocal melodies that will make you reminiscent of life, love and liberty.” He said, “My music is based on the melodies and lyrics of great artistes I grew up enjoying. I prefer to offer music lovers alike an opportunity to hear these great songs in other languages and with a different flavour whether with a twist in tempo or even influencing an outright change in its recognised genre.” This show marks the silver-haired songster’s long desired re-emergence on the entertainment landscape and for an enjoyable stroll down memory lane.
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