At 100 years old, Nathaniel “Piccolo Pete” Saunders of Bimini, Bahamas deserves our applause as this year’s recipient of Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Saunders has been entertaining Bahamians and visitors for more than 80 years. On November 7, 2014, Mr Saunders or as he is more affectionately called Uncle Natty Saunders, celebrated his 100th birthday making him one of the oldest Bahamian.
Catch Nathaniel “Piccolo Pete” Saunders in this 2010 short documentary exploring most famous and popular story, of how Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway captured the hearts and minds of the Bimini residents.
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Uncle Natty Saunders songs have a timeless quality that document the life and times on a small Bahamian out-island. He is the excellent storyteller–he even acted as Hemingway’s fishing guide on many a trip and contributed key sections to his Nobel prize winning book “Old Man and the Sea.”
Every once in a while Uncle Natty Saunders lets off with a wonderful riff on the banjo, reminding that there’s plenty to pull from this often-forgotten instrument.