BLOOMING GOOD TIME IN UK – David Kirton Live at Chelsea Flower Show
“Now, this is what Chelsea is all about, some international flair ? This is Barbados!” were the words overheard as the unidentified commentator of a wandering film crew came upon the Barbados Horticultural Society’s display at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show. He had no idea that “This is Barbados” was the actual title of the Barbados display but he knew he liked the modern, organic look and sound of the musician, David Kirton, combined with the myriad of flowers beautifully displayed to represent the varied landscapes of Barbados.
Even before you can see any of the exhibits at Chelsea, you can smell the flowers and plants. At first it’s a faint scent of fresh cut grass on the air, then comes the aroma of rolling fields, deep forests, damp moss, streams, flowers and ancient woods. Then, as soon as you walk into the giant marquee, your eyes are treated to a rainbow burst of every colour in nature’s spectrum. Amidst all of this carefully arranged, very secure, organized chaos walked two Rastafarian musicians, both dressed in long coats, each with a guitar slung over his shoulder.
Film crews, radio reporters and journalists circled the perimeter to see what was going to happen this year at the Barbados display. Never before had there been a live singer performing at the Chelsea Flower Show, least of all a Rastafarian from the Caribbean – so this was big news. David Kirton performed a selection of music from all three of his albums, including Green Camouflage, Time for change and Free to Fly, as well as several songs yet to be released. The BBC, Australian Television, CNN, Architectural Digest, The Guardian and Sir George Martin (legendary producer of the Beatles) all took careful note, drawn by the music, flowers and personalities.
At the end of the day Kirton was invited to do a live performance and interview on BBC radio at their on-site radio booth. This live broadcast was carried on numerous regional BBC radio stations as part of their Chelsea coverage. David Kirton was accompanied by Andre Jonson, his musical director/lead guitarist from California. While in London, Kirton also enjoyed other successful showcases, BBC interviews and small club performances.
This combination of organic art disciplines was the brainchild of Keith Miller, of Miller Publishing, endorsed by the Barbados Horticultural Society, Virgin Airlines and The Barbados Tourism Authority, who sponsored the musician’s trip to the Chelsea Flower Show.