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Ralph Beeby

Sat 5 August
Albert Meintjies

Sunday 6 August 18h30
Johan Smit Jazz Trio

Sat 12 August
Gerald Clark

Sat 19 August
Pete Stanford

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· Earlier shows 2010

periGators features live music on weekends by upcoming new talents, well established acts and aging legends lured back for intimate evenings of Blues and Rock

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The Blues Broers

Blues/Rock legends The Blues Broers are reuniting with one of their founder members, Netherlands-based guitar player Johnny Frick, to join them on stage for 5 concerts

Formed in 1990, the Broers quickly garnered a loyal following amongst Cape Town music fans, but their success at the 1995 Grahamstown Jazz festival was pivotal in spreading their message. Soon they were performing their unique blend of Blues and Boogie all over the country

The band released 5 albums, including 'The Cellar Tapes', recorded live over 3 sold-out nights at the Hidden Cellar in Stellenbosch

The line-up for the shows: Albert Frost (at right, guitar and vocals), Simon Orange (keyboards and vocals),
'Big' Bob Nagel (left, bass and harmonica), Tim Rankin (drums), Dr' John Mostert and special guest
Johnny Frick (guitar and vocals). Clayton Frick will be flying in from Australia to guest.
He will be remembered for his appearances with the Broers, notably on the Cellar Tapes

After the death of drummer Frank Frost in 2000 the band began to perform less and less and eventually the members moved on to other projects

Blues Broers · Images by LouisVorster.com

However, the mounting pressure from their fans to perform again took its toll. The Broers have thankfully kept those black suits in storage and now they're ready to ride again!

Ella se Perde a Play by Charles Fourie

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Klein Karoo Arts festival production previews in Pringle bay

Writer and director Charles J. Fourie’s play Ella’s Horses will be performed at Perigator’s in Pringle bay during the school holiday before the productions tours to the KKNK arts festival in Oudtshoorn.

Actress Mary Dreyer

The production featuring award-winning veteran actors Mary Dreyer and Neels Coetzee tells the story of the Overberg’s eccentric horse lady.

Ella Gordon asks her preacher to help her draw up her testament, and her request to take her beloved horses to heaven leads to a comical and endearing conversation around the afterlife and forgiveness.

Diane de Beer describes the production in her review for the Star Tonight; “Charles Fourie’s new script, is a gem and starring the talented yet little seen Mary Dreyer, it’s a glorious and spirited telling of an unusual life.”

During performances at the Aardklop Arts Festival Mary Dreyer was nominated as best actress. The play was also published in 2008 and is set to become a prescribed work for Grades 10 to 12.

Writer and director Charles Fourie

Charles also recently received the Maskew Miller Longman drama award for his play The Lighthouse keeper’s Wife.

The performance will be held on 1 April at 20h00 and tickets cost only R40. For bookings and more info contact Ali 082 457 9403


Charles J. Fourie in conversation with Anton Krueger

Charles Fourie has always been interested in exploring marginal figures. In his past plays he’s often written about outsiders who define the liminal zone between the inside and the outside; between acceptable behavior and scandal. He describes the protagonist of his new play, Ella se Perde, as part of a through-line of characters he’s written about in pieces like Stander and Florence Foster Jenkins. “It’s amazing,” he says, “how if you take a character that roams on the periphery of society you can access the core”.

Ella Gordon Dove Colston was born in Edinburgh and came to South Africa with a French circus. She ended up working in theatre at the Tivoli and then she bought the Braemar farm in the Overberg. Fourie goes on: “She started picking up problems with the local farmers because they found her too masculine. She was very independent and did all the work herself and this was the late 1800’s. She moved to Hermanus, but she left the dorp because she was politically liberal and gay and didn’t really fit in there.

So eventually she bought this farm and built a school and a church for the people who worked for her. What was also interesting about her was that she had this incredible love for animals, especially horses. She left the farm to the Monrovian mission and I’ve developed a hypothetical conflict between her and the priest who helps her to draw up her will, where they disagree about the role of animals in the after-life.”

At the moment the dialogue is in both English and Afrikaans, but Fourie hopes to develop the play further and eventually rework it only in English. This will make it easier to tour the piece in the UK, but, he also points out that since Ella was Scottish it was sometimes difficult to convey her properly in Afrikaans.

Fourie is unusual in that he writes with equal fluidity in both English and Afrikaans. He’s also incorporated Xhosa into past work, saying that since all of these languages are spoken by South Africans, he thinks its important to work in “crossover” genres. I ask him whether he experiences a difference between English and Afrikaans audiences, but Fourie says that he finds a greater difference in regions: “Each audience is different in terms of the environment that they inhabit,” he says, “So I think audiences up here in the North-West and Johannesburg are definitely different from audiences in Cape Town, but I think any play should be generic enough to transcend that sort of cultural specificity.” He elaborates further on new South African writing, saying that he thinks “South African writing should move beyond the local – we’re involved with the world now, so it’s a waste of time to only play to South African audiences, even if its about South Africa.”

I point out that Fourie’s own plays – of which there are now about 40 – have always been very firmly rooted in South African soil. He was also part of an initiative to publish a collection of new South African plays in London last year, but Fourie insists that although the work is born here, it doesn’t need to confine itself to South African “issues”.

For example, there were many different directions his new play could have taken, and many ways of telling the story about this fascinating character, but Fourie says that he tried to keep it subtle. “It’s a tight, condensed little play,” he says, “one tends to over-write and I really made an effort to see if I can’t do the Hemingway thing – just stick to the path and leave the avenues to echo.” So he’s focused on the dynamic between this vibrant, fiery individualist and a representative of organised religion.

Being the sort of person that she was, Ella wouldn’t have been too happy with any form of dogmatic religion, and the fact that she also had a love relationship with the niece of the reverend couldn’t have endeared her to the church. Then there’s their disagreement about animals in the after-life, and what it means to long for heaven. So although this is not a polemical piece, Fourie says that “the whole concept, in a very subtle way is also looking at the premise of transition and transformation. And I kind of see that as political as well, cause it’s where we are now. South Africa now is supposed to be in “heaven”, post-1994.”

Fourie didn’t want to give too much away about the twists of his plot, so audiences will have to wait for the play to open tonight before they discover whether Ella’s horses make it to heaven.

(This article by Anton Krueger first appeared on Litnet and in SPAT)

Albert Frost

Albert Frost blues and rock guitarist 
image Liam Lynch

Rocking the Blues for two decades! Albert Frost made a name for himself in the early nineties as the 15-year-old guitarist for the seminal band the Blues Broers

He is an all-round master guitarist with a passion for music that reflects happiness over any audience and for lovers of all genres. He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s best musicians including Ali Farka Toure, Vusi Mahlasela, Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Valiant Swart, Riku Latti, Louis Mhlanga and Simon Orange. He has shared stages with The Rolling Stones, R.E.M. and Simple Minds and performed for Nelson Mandela. Alongside Arno Carstens, he shared the stage with Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and the Pixies

He’s played all major festivals in South Africa as well as having had the honour of performing solo at the famed Isle Of Wight festival, where he also did a collaboration with James Walsh from ‘Starsailor’. He’s played 11 Grahamstown Festivals, 8 Oudtshoorn KKNK festivals, 6 years at Aardklop, did a 4th performance at Woodstock, Splashy Fen – and incredibly, 2009 year marked Albert’s 23rd Oppikoppi Festival performance

Devile and Gods image - Albert Frost's 2009 release

He effects success into the albums of many artists and is loved by crowds all over the world. Frost has just released his first solo studio recorded EP, “Devils & Gods” and plans for 2010 are focused on re-inventing himself as a solo artist.

Albert is currently working on new material and with the latest South African super-group, “The Gods”, whom you’ll be able to see at the Up The Creek festival in February.

“The music could speak volumes more, but the man (Albert Frost) is a veritable living legend at 30 and fondly dubbed “SA’s best blues guitarist” by way too many people to be denied a bit of hero worship” – Jess Mitrani – Levi’s Music Mag 2008

Albert Frost started playing the guitar in 1990, when he’d barely turned 13. He was voted as Best Blues guitarist in South Africa by Stage Magazine. This fact, however, shouldn’t let you underestimate the man’s serious Rock abilities

In 1994 he started playing alongside his father, the legendary Frank D. Frost, in the awesome blues band, the Blues Broers. Frosted Orange was created in 1996 with artist Simon Orange, who played keyboards and vocals for the Blues Broers

Albert performed with Valiant Swart from 1999 to 2003 and recorded Blou Kombuis with Koos Kombuis in 2000. In 2004, he played with the Belgian band, Blues Lee at the internationally acclaimed music festival, Pukkelpop, in Belgium. Daniel Lohues, an international blues performer from Holland, collaborated with Albert at an electrifying Oppikoppi show during the same year

Recording a live solo album in 2002, titled Catfish, created a new spectrum with his performances of original songs and Frost-versions of the classics from Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters to name a few. Albert is a mood-man who can perform intimate solo shows and an electrifying fusion of blues and rock and roll funk with his Trio band

Arno Carstens’ New Porn was formed in 2003 when Albert joined forces with Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls) Albert collaborated with Arno in the making of both Arno’s solo albums, on lyrics and in defining the essence of how the album sounds. “Another Universe” went gold and Arno won Best Rock Album Award at the SAMA Awards in the same month they supported REM on their world tour in March 2005. He brought a raw quality to the music and his extended blues background gave it a delicious flavour. With the successes of the Internationally released, “The Hello Goodbye Boys”, he spent most of 2006 and 2007 touring with some of South Africa’s finest musicians, the legendary Brendan Jury (Urban Creep & Transky) on strings and keyboard, Jerome Reynard (OHM & Nine) on drums and Warren Leicher (Plum) on bass guitar

Albert's first solo studio album, “Devils and Gods” was released in 2009 on Seed and is available in stores now


Tony Cox

Three times SAMA award-winning acoustic guitar maestro, Tony Cox is returning to South Africa from the UK this August. He left SA with his family in 2008 to settle in the UK and has since been very busy on the world's stages performing to an ever-widening audience and appreciation.

If this guitar player plays anywhere near to you, make every effort to see him and experience a home-brewed and nicely matured 56 year-old guitar phenomenon like no other. Bring your family, bring your friends, and drag the young heavy-metal heads along by threat and force
because they too will be simply blown away and will never look at their guitars the same way ever again.

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Tony has made steady in-roads into several countries since moving to the UK in 2008. Canada in particular has seen a steady increase in awareness of Tony's musical abilities; witnessed by the increased attendance figures at many of the venues he has performed in and visited for
the second and third times. His album 'The Best of Tony Cox' has been released through the retail outlets in Canada.

Italy too has proved to be an exciting new audience with his one performance at the Madame International Guitar festival last September in Tricessimo, resulting in several creative, musical friendships and a return journey just months later to the Emmas festival in Sardegna which
has then led to other festival offers for 2010.

The USA is also now proving to be a good playing ground for this African guitarist with his last tour there, covering Colorado and California, yielding many invites for a return in 2010. His visit also led to an interview and performance filmed at the Red Kiva in Chicago for the africa channel on Sky TV in the UK and cable across the US.

Several recording projects lay ahead for the guitarist. In Canada he will begin work in June on new guitar music with extraordinary Canadian guitarist Ryan le Blanc. Ryan and Tony have toured together several times in Canada and have sparked a unique friendship that has also resulted in a unique guitar collaboration.

While in Italy, another strong friendship was formed with one of Sardinia's finest guitar players, Alberto Balia. Neither can speak the other's language but no matter, because the music they make together knows no boundaries. They collaborated at the Emmas festival and appeared on stage together after a single day's rehearsal to a wild and appreciative audience. Recording and touring with Alberto is set for late in 2010.

The UK for the last 2 years has become home to Tony and his family. He has already performed extensively across the isle at festivals, arts centres, folk clubs and other music venues and has just completed a delightful collaboration with young Scottish fiddlers at the
Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Video links

Tony Cox – Celtic Connections Festival, Scotland, performing 'All Change' - Jan 2010

Tony Cox – Old Town School of Folk Music, performing 'Slap Chips'

Tony Cox – Old Town School of Folk Music, performing 'Hummingbird'


The strength and precision of what emerges from this man's Mervyn Davis guitar is quite breathtaking - Andrew Smith, The Press and Journal, Scotland, Jan 2010

Accomplished acoustic guitar players are everywhere these days. There’s a whole calendar of festivals dedicated to them and as they mingle and influence each other, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for one to arrive with a totally individual ‘voice’. Tony Cox, however, may
just have managed this. His guitar style has as distinctive a South African tang, with added tones from his native Zimbabwe, as his accent -
Rob adams, The Herald, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland - 2009

Tony on the web

Tonycox.co.za    Myspace.com    Youtube.com

DiamondBack Blues band

Rooted in the blues, the band's original songs are clearly reminiscent of the glory days of vocal-based blues, and they even manage to rework a couple of classics along the way. Originally formed in 2006, Diamondback has undergone several member changes up to this point. The current line-up's energy and originality is the band's best incarnation yet. A must see for vocal and blues fans. Facebook

Diamondback is: Charlene King - vocals; Ian Gordon - guitar; Dave le Warne - drums; Anton Marshall - bass.

Gerald Clark and Peter Hoven

On the web

Gerald Clark, front man of Delta Blue has teamed up with brilliant singer-songwriter Peter Hoven to form a duo that has everybody in the music industry talking. It is rarely that you hear music performed with the kind of honesty , fearlessness and exuberance that grabs your soul

Stefan Dixon

Cape Town born Stefan Dixon has been edging onto the local music scene for sometime now. His musical journey started at the tender age of seven, tinkering on the ebonies and ivories. He is highly influenced by Dave Matthews Band, as well as South African musical marvels Vusi Mahlasela and Johnny Clegg. He also draws inspiration from nature, and the curses that humans have afflicted upon it. His songs are highly emotive and thought provoking.

His career kicked off way back in 2002 as a support act for the critically acclaimed Henry Ate, and he has been jogging steadily towards international recognition ever since. In 2003 Stefan played at South Africa’s Oppikoppi Easter Show, the infamous megafest’s baby sister. His set was well received by the crowd, and was the beginning of an inspiring musical journey for Stefan. Since then he has played with South African music legends Tidal Waves and Stealing Love Jones, both of whom have been internationally recognised and lauded. In 2005 Stefan collaborated with Tidal Waves’ Jacob “Zakes” Wulana at the main Oppikoppi Wired Festival for a number of gigs. This was a definite career highlight for Stefan.

Stefan’s original acoustic melodic rock is currently tantalising tympanic membranes from the shores of the Cape to the heart of Europe. One review said “Stefan performs songs that speak of his heart and mind, and the world outside. He has a uniquely South African sound, reminiscent of a new age Johnny Clegg… but without all that kicking.” He has recently returned from a well received tour of Belgium where he exhibited his skills from braais to small rock festivals, from the diamond encrusted village of Antwerp, to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Brussels.

Stefan Dixon has recently completed the recording of his much anticipated debut album at Dockyard Studios. He is currently touring both nationally and internationally to promote the album, and is planning another tour to Belgium later this year.

“Stefan performs songs that speak of his heart and mind, and the world outside.He has a uniquely South African sound, reminiscent of a new age Johnny Clegg… but without the loincloth and all that kicking.” - chew magazine

Steve Van

Tim Parr, Steve Van

Before going solo, Steve Van had formed two previous bands, “Junglebook Vultures” (1995 - 2000) and “Rust” (2000-2002). The Cape Argus Newspaper later accredited the Junglebook Vultures as pioneers of Acoustic Rock in South Africa

Steve went on to record two solo albums, “Getting Stronger” and “The River”. Both albums were well received with a number of the tracks receiving airplay on various radio stations and television shows in South Africa

Steve is currently performing with good friend and fellow musician, Tim Parr. Together they have formed the band "the Vans". Tim is also producing their new album, "In the shadow of the sun", due for release in February 2010. Included on the new album is Steve's song "Into the Sky" as seen on the VW TV ad, Saying goodbye to Citi. myspace.com/stevevan

Tim Parr myspace.com/timparrandhisguitar

Pete Stanford

Natasha Meister Sat 17 April

Canadian born Natasha Meister has already attracted a following thanks to the power of her voice and artistry of her guitar work. One can hardly believe that this powerhouse is only 19 year’s old Natasha Meister Band on FaceBook

Piet Botha

November 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the band known as Jack Hammer. This South African band has always stayed true to its original brand of Rock 'n Roll, and has toured and recorded over the years, never seeking the limelight but always playing their hearts out. Read on, ...jackhammer.co.za

Barry Klopper

Traveler, writer, wordsmith, musician, mortician, barman, craftsman, baker, bouncer and pizza chef. Once ran a biker bar. Built and operated two recording studios and was always going to be really famous in fifteen minutes

Remembers seeing nearly all of Pink Floyd at Wembley. And Allen Ginsberg howling in Munich, as well as the artist formerly known for writing really great songs. Survived the 80's. Dragged out Naked Lunch through several languid breakfasts and still thinks that Terry Pratchett should be prescribed for every ailment Lobsang Rampa couldn't cure barryklopper.com

Peter Vanne

Peter's wide repertoire spans decades of music in most popular genres. He has the ability to gauge a crowd and play accordingly. His target audience is 30 year olds and older. Peter also does a ”tribute to Eric Clapton” in a duo. On the Web

Ralph Beeby

Ralph Beeby live at aliGators

Jasper Dick

Jasper Dick’s been kicking around the Cape Town music scene for a while, but has lately been picking up steam and playing more venues in and around Cape Town. One can often catch him at the playing at gatherings of the Barleycorn Music Club. This group of folk and blues musicians and fans meets every Monday at the Villager Football Club in Claremont, so if you feel like an evening of good folk tunes, with a bit of blues and jazz thrown in, you should go and check it out. Jasper’s played at the Up The Creek, Zeekoevlei and the Annual Barleycorn Music Festivals.

He’s been going his own way for quite some time now, and has built up quite an impressive body of material. Unlike most solo artists and bands in Cape Town, Jasper also allows fans to download his songs for free from his web site, all he asks is that you add yourself to his mailing list

Jasper’s music is a mixture of smooth, original folk, blues and a little bit of jazz, and he counts as influences artists like Tracey Chapman and John Lennon. The result is melodic, easy to listen to acoustic music that’s great for playing in your room, but even better live

Jasper on the web: www.jasperdick.co.za, Facebook

The Jeremiah Brimstone Band

Jeremiah Brimstone Band

Jeremiah Brimstone Band is a five-piece acoustic band that performs what might best be typified as alternative folk, albeit laced with strains of country, bluegrass and the blues

Songs like “Matsulu & the Fall,” “Song of the Furtives” and “Mistah Kurtz (he dead)” evoke those implacable forces that impinge upon our lives and ensure the perennial strangeness of existence. Songwriter and vocalist Dawid de Villiers (also on guitar and banjo) is joined by Elmi Badenhorst (accordion and harmonica), Heine du Toit (bass, slide guitar and hang), Natalie Mason (viola) and Hendré Retief (percussion) to perform a darkly soulful and at times agitated take on the folk genre, with a sound that registers the influence of the music of Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits and Sixteen Horsepower.

The band’s first album, From the Wrong Side of the River, was released in November 2009 on their own label, MUTEHORSEMUSIC. jeremiahbrimstoneband.com



amaBhulu?—’n folk band uit die Boland uit—gooi 'n allegaartjie van folk, kwela, blues, reggae, country, gypsy en melankoliese ballades saam, so vêr as moontlik vermeng met 'n lekkie boeremusiek

Die band se oorspronklike komposisies is gebed en gebodem in Wes-Kaapse Afrikaanse spreektaal en die lirieke raak slaags met al wat ’n groot vraag is, van alleenlopery, die liefde en verlies, tot eietydse spanninge tussen kultuurvervreemding en -affiliasie, tuiswees en weg-wil-wees ... alles met 'n stewige tong in die kies

Musikale invloede is divers en uiteenlopend—van David Kramer en Nico Carstens aan die een kant tot Pink Floyd en verskeie wereldmusiek, veral van Afrika aan die ander kant

amaBhulu? “die ewige soeke na die klankflans van basterwees”

amaBhulu? hails from the Boland and presents a jumble of folk, kwela, blues, reggae, country, gypsy music and melancholic ballads mixed with a bastardized, alternative boeremusiek

The band’s original songs are rooted in vernacular Western Cape Afrikaans and jitterbug with every question that bedevils human existence—including cultural alienation and affiliation, love and loss and the ever elusive search of our probable spiritual nature – all presented with tongue in cheek

Our influences are wide and diverse, ranging from David Kramer and Nico Carstens to Willie Nelson and Pink Floyd, as well as a variety of world music (with a strong bias in favour of the African continent).
amaBhulu? reflects an eternal search for the sound-weft of bastardy