By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the second of an eight-part feature.
IN the early 1990s a team of physically challenged dancers formed the group, Father and Son.
For a while, the one-legged duo dominated the concert circuit with their acrobatic moves before Father's death in 2000.
His spot was filled by another amputee, Stepfather, who had been an unofficial part of the set-up for several years.
Though they are no longer regulars on the show scene, Stepfather and Son told the Jamaica Observer they have not stopped performing. In fact, most of their time is spent on the north coast hotel circuit with a new addition -- The Holy Won.
"Holy Won was around even before Father died, but he was involved more in deejaying. We have now decided to put the thing together and move on to a higher level," said Son (real name Frederick Wallace).
Patrick Dayes (Holy Won) hails from the Grant's Pen community and is no stranger to the entertainment beat. He has been around since the early 1990s when he was known as Daddy Irie.
He initially worked with Father and Son as Holy Ghost, but after sustained criticism from Christians he changed his stage name to Holy Won.
Stepfather (born Morris Nelson) lost his right leg in an auto accident when he was in his early 20s. Son lost his left leg to bone cancer at age 17. Both are in their 40s.
Stepfather says the group enjoys their time on the north coast where they play pirate characters at the Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios and in cabaret with the Sandals chain.
They also perform at the Grand Bahi Principe in Runaway Bay. Stepfather spoke about the gig Dolphin's Cove.
"They were looking for people to take on pirate roles. Following our dance routines that was it," he said.
Father and Son have also performed their pirate routine throughout the Caribbean. Musically, they are working with Holy Won on new songs which will hopefully be released this year.
Barry Sewell, their manager, says there is more to Stepfather and Son than performing on stage.
"My plan is to help them motivate people who are disabled, I don't want the world to see them as two one-foot dancer but rather as dancers."