De Admiral is a founder member and veteran of the ABC, having been one of those recruited to the cause by Mighty Astronaut back in 1991.
‘Play We Tune’ ‑ a call for the local steelbands to play local calypsos for the Panorama competition ‑ earned him third place in the 2008 Groovy Soca competition and his 2010 calypso ‘They Love My People’ took him to third place in the Calypso Monarch Finals, receiving much acclaim. A true carnivalist and a true gentleman, Admiral is a keen tenor pan exponent for Rhapsody Steel Band in Reading and played a vital role in the development and running of the Reading Community Carnival from 1985 to 2002; he is also a regular masquerader at Notting Hill Carnival.
Admiral became interested in calypso as a child and in 2000 he organised Reading’s first calypso tent, featuring calypsonians such as Dave B and David Brewster, who later performed at the ABC Tent. He established his regular AJ’s Calypso Tent in 2003 and is a member of the ACUK Executive Committee.
Photo: Stephen Spark