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While having your Cayman Islands holiday, be sure to attend a show by the 'Barefoot Man'. George Nowak (the Barefoot Man), was born in Germany (or Austria, depending on the source) but is now as much a part of the Cayman Islands as many locals. He has lived and played there since 1971 after a period of island hopping which included Hawaii and the Bahamas.

His songs are mainly a risqué parody set to calypso, reggae, country or pop music. If you have seen the film 'The Firm', then you would have heard Barefoot's music. He wrote the song 'Money, Money, Money' and is singing in the background while Gene Hackman was dancing.

Barefoot not only writes and performs his own songs, he also owns the record company that records and sells his CDs (found in most stores on Grand Cayman). He has also branched out to the Bahamas, where one of his albums was in the Top Ten for 4 years.

His songs include 'Ship Faced', 'Ship Song', 'Save the Lap Dance for Me' and 'Thong Gone Wrong'. He also sings about Cayman current affairs and wrote 'The Gay Cruise Ship Song' after the visit by a Gay Cruise. One reviewer stated that the Barefoot Man won a Grammy Award for 'Gone Coconutz', which was written after the devastating Hurricane Ivan, although I have been unable to find this album or artist listed in the Grammy Archives.

No Cayman Islands holiday is complete without catching a show by The Barefoot Man. He can be found at The Reef Hotel every Tuesday and Thursday night. The Reef is the only 100% beach front hotel on Grand Cayman.

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