One Man’s Story tells the transatlantic tale of ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk, a world-renowned musician who grew up in New York and performed with the likes of Al Green and James Brown, before finding love and settling in Liverpool.
Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Eddie faced a difficult upbringing in 1950s America, where racial segregation and discrimination were rife. One Man’s Story depicts his struggles integrating in a new racially-mixed school in New York, the positive socio-political changes brought about by the civil rights movement, and his ascent to the top of the charts as a world-renowned percussionist and vocalist, performing with some of the most prominent black artists in history.
In the early 1980s, ‘Bongo’ Eddie joined Kid Creole and the Coconuts, a band which went on to secure international chart-topping success. This production portrays their vibrant life on tour and Eddie’s relationship with enigmatic showman and the group’s leader, ‘Kid.’
Eddie made Liverpool his home in the late 1990s, eventually settling down with his partner and creator of One Man’s Story, Carolyn Edwards. One Man’s Story illustrates their romance and life together, plus Carolyn’s arresting grief following Eddie’s tragic death in 2016 after a battle with cancer.
One Man’s Story is an account of struggle against racial prejudice, the tumultuous nature of life on tour with one the world’s most successful bands, and the harrowing loss of a woman whose soul-mate has passed away.