BY BILLY SUTER
THE regular weekly mix of tennis and tunes at Durban’s Windsor Tennis Club, opposite Glenwood High School, is ticking over rather nicely, with a good variety of acts performing from 6pm to 9pm every Monday.
The music flows in the clubhouse after visitors arrive from 4pm on a Monday to play, if they wish to, a friendly tennis match (racquets and balls can be provided) – and the sport, whether you opt to watch or play it, is included in the R50 admission fee.
No booking is involved for Tennis & Tunes. Simply rock up and pay your R50 on the night – and consider buying a wors roll or toasted sandwich, or two, from the club kitchen while you listen to the music in a casual environment. Drinks must be bought at the club pub.
This coming Monday, February 6, the spotlight will be on Durban’s popular Calli Thomson, keyboardist, backing singer and musical director of many Barnyard Theatre shows.
The wife of popular guitarist Barry Thomson, of The Reals band, Calli will pay tribute to the like of Nina Simone, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Sting and Bonnie Raitt.
The attraction on Monday, February 13, performing from 6pm to 9pm (after the tennis) is a special one for Valentine’s Day week. Lovely Haylea Hounsom-Heynes (who played the title role in the KickstArt festive season panto, Sleeping Beauty) will team with seasoned pianist Melvin Peters, who often performs with Platform Jazz.
Thereafter the venue will present Richard Haslop, Mike Raftert and Will Wallace (February 20).
Then, on February 27, ebullient The Voice contestant, Chloe Clark, will sing a mixed bag of songs alongside pianist Burton Naidoo.
The entertainment at the Windsor Tennis Club is arranged by Roland Stansell, who is also the hard-working entertainment co-ordinator at the popular Rhumbelow theatres.
This weekend he has lined up Barry Thomson to perform at the Rhumbelow’s new branch at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof.
Singer-guitarist Thomson will present Up Close and Personal at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (February 5).
Barry says: “It’s a gentle, intimate show. I have chosen songs that are instantly recognisable hits and some that are no … but they all have musical or lyrical worth. The audience, hopefully, gets a chance to know a little more about me other than seeing me as an all-out rock guitarist.”
Barry’s musical menu includes many of the songs from his CD. It features the gentler side of artists like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, The Eagles, Neil Diamond and Jethro Tull. Also on the bill is a tribute to Rodriguez as well as some Thomson originals.
The venue opens 90 minutes before the show for drinks (for restaurant reservations contact 031 764 7843).
Tickets for the show cost R150 each and seating is at tables of six. To book or for more details phone 082 499 8636.