By Staff Writer
Caymanian Singer Jean Eric Smith/Notch is setting his sights on touring the United Kingdom during the month of August, along with Maxi Priest, Big Mountain and a slew of other international acts.
The tour includes four confirmed dates, with other possible dates to be announced.
These include shows at the Pavillion in Huddersfield on 15th August, UK, as well as the Bath Reggae Festival in Kensington Meadows on 21st August.
The Caymanian Times caught up with the singer on the heels of his departure for London and spoke with him about the upcoming appearances.
“I’m excited and happy to doing what I have been doing since I was a child,” he remarked, noting that he had been performing professionally since the age of 10.
Persons in the Cayman Islands will remember Notch from his days with the Juveniles; one of the first bands out of the British Territory to have regional and international acclaim and success.
Notch then went on to form Localmotion, a band that was well known along the performance circuit in Grand Cayman and Jamaica, where they performed at Reggae Sumfest and other notable appearances.
Notch’s recent release, ‘Black My Story’ has seen heavy radio rotation and increasing streaming numbers, after an initial promotional tour for the song, which included him travelling to the United Kingdom during the early onset of Covid-19.
He has also been busy working on follow up material, with singles such as ‘Reggae Man’, which was released in the past few weeks and has been burning up local radio, as well as stations ‘across the pond’.
“I am grateful for the reception the music has been receiving and it is encouraging to know that we are still able to do what we love,” he affirmed.
Notch added that he would like to be able to promote some of his own shows in the UK at some point under the banner of his Young Blood Production company.
In addition to performing and composing, his service as President of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association has meant that he has had the responsibility of maintaining the standard of local music on the Islands for over a decade.
Other acts to join Notch on the tour include Sister Nancy, ASWAD, Dawn Penn and Wayne Wonder.