Acclaimed, Grammy nominated reggae crooner Freddy McGregor, who in 2003 was awarded the Order of Distinction (OD) by the Jamaican Government for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s popular music, is slated to perform for music lovers in Connecticut at the 13th annual Merritone Family Funday on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Lake Quassy, Route 64, Middlebury, Connecticut. In addition to McGregor, veteran reggae singer Leroy “Heptones” Sibbles will also perform at the event.
Conroy Allison founder and CEO of the event said, “We are extremely excited to have these two legends perform at the annual family funday this year. This year promises to be another exciting fun filled family day and I am confident Freddy and Leroy, with their track record of great performances over the years will both deliver memorable sets” he said.
Known globally for soulful reggae ballads, McGregor launched his solo career with his hit single “Big Ship” which broke into the top ten of the reggae charts in England and Jamaica. Since then he has amassed an impressive catalogue of hits including “Push Come To Shove,” “Africa Here I Come,” “I Was Born A Winner,” “Let Them Try,” “Prophecy” and “So I Will Wait For You.” During his 46 years, McGregor has received numerous accolades including a Grammy nomination, an International Award of Merit from the Canadian Reggae Music Award and an award for Best International Artist from the BBC Radio London Reggae Awards.
Leroy “Heptones” Sibbles, who has made his mark on the international reggae scene with hit singles “Get in the Groove,” “Ting a Ling,” “Fattie Fattie,” “Party Time,” and “Sweet Talking” is rearing to hit the stage in Connecticut this year. The veteran singer who is enjoying resurgence with his current chart hit “Harry Hippie,” was lead singer of the one of the most influential groups of the rock steady era – the Heptones. Among his biggest hits songs are “Love Me Forever,” “Satta Massa Ganna,” “Declaration of Rights,” “Queen of the Minstrels,” “Ten to One,” “Door Peep” and the instrumental “Full Up” which enjoyed international acclaim thanks to British group Musical Youth’s recording of “Pass the Dutchie.”
This year’s Merritone Family Funday renewal will again feature the Royal Caribbean Bakery Patty Eating Contest, Western Union ‘Kiddies Dance Contest,’ Karaoke, 25 different rides for children and the Tri-State Knockout Domino Competition, where teams compete for cash prizes. This year, a Caribbean Family of the Year” will again be honored. Loyal fans can expect a fabulous time and special treats with non-stop music from Merritone feature Winston Blake, with special sets by DJ Roy, Desu and Tony from TC connection.