Sir Alan and the Calypso Ponzi Sch ers

Sir Alan and the Calypso Ponzi Schemers are a classic calypso music trio who play calypsos from the two great hubs of calypso music—the Caribbean and New York City. The bare bones ensemble includes Sir Alan (MacEwen) on guitar, vocals, and trumpet; Lord Daniel (Schwartz) on percussion and ukelele; and The Mighty Carol (Arthur) on Trinidadian steel pan. The group was founded in 2009 when the trio’s success in the world of high finance gained th the leisure time to pursue their love of Caribbean music. Sir Alan was briefly a Trinidadian from 1969 to 1970. He gained his original stake in calypso music at the height of the big band calypso era in the days when the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener battled it out for the calypso crown. The Mighty Carol invested heavily in calypso futures during her time with the Oberlin Can Consortium. She leveraged that experience as a member of Arms Akimbo Steel Band, later using those dividends to found the Stateside Steel Band. Lord Daniel studied percussion at Ohio University and is a Wammie award-winning sound engineer. On a recent excursion to the Caribbean, he discovered that the young ladies can’t get enough of the calypso beat. That fact alone was enough to send him down the vagabond path of the calypsonian.