Sound Advice: Gigs (Sept 27-Oct 2)

Not Fat Just Fluffy performs at Music in the Hills (MiTH) on Wednesday (September 27). The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including jazz in Ballito, dates by guitar ace Seb Goldswain and a Jim Croce tribute show.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

POPULAR guitarist Seb Goldswain has a series of performances lined up in KwaZulu-Natal this week, starting with his appearance at Durban’s Alliance Francaise,  22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday, September 28. Cost for this is R100 and bookings are by calling 031 312 9582.

Goldswain has a jazzy/rock sound blended in with a bit of acoustic finger-picking that ensures his original solo acoustic performances are always highly energetic.

Guitarist Seb Goldswain has a number of local performances this week. Picture by Kavo R Photography.

He will also entertain from 7pm on Friday, September 29, at The Dive at Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre, Golf Road, UKZN Campus. Admission is  R100 and nooking is by calling 033 260 5537.

Goldswain is also to perform at the Westville Theatre Club, 6 James Avenue (adjacent to Westville Swimming Pool), from 7pm on Saturday, Septmber 30.
Admission is R100 and booking is via:

Goldswain is also scheduled to perform from 1pm on Sunday, October 1, at Rocky Ridge, Fascadale Road, Ramsgate. Admission is R60. To book phone 072 473 6095

On the back of his debut album, Pictures of a Thousand Words, Goldswain has taken a bold step towards establishing himself as a new breed of original voices in South Africa. Encompassing influences from a wide range of genres and cultures, his first album is stylistically diverse, while carrying a sound throughout that is both unique to him and distinct to his home province.

The Durban-based talent is also proficient in bluegrass, blues, funk, heavy rock, country and Jazz styles and encompasses these, as well as a wide range of artistic influences, into his original electric material.


THE popular Music in the Hills (MiTH) weekly meeting in a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton, every Wednesday, will be held fortnightly from October, when artists will also be paid.

MiTH is evolving in two important ways – and we need to make all our musical friends aware. As of the beginning of October, it will become a venue that pays musicians (our door charge will go up to R30 to help facilitate this),” says spokesman and performer Charles Webster.

“At the same time, MiTH will become fortnightly instead of weekly. Our first meeting in October will be on October 11.”

The move is because while MiTH started out as a jam among amateurs and anyone else who wanted to join in, increasingly professionals are now performing, adds Webster.

“The organisers have decided, after three years of maintaining a purely amateur ethos, that it’s important to recognise this. Also, we have now purchased more or less everything we need in terms of equipment (which is why we charged in the first place), and we aren’t in this to make a profit – so we’d like to pay the musicians.

“At the same time, we will keep space for amateurs, too. So the first few set will be dedicated to open-mic and amateurs, and will remain unpaid, and the last few sets of each meeting will be for musos who get paid.”

Meanwhile, getting back to the week’s lineup… on Wednesday (September 27), the fun will start at 7pm with singer Erin Muirhead entertaining.

A singer-songwriter who uses keyboards to play indie, classical and modern music, she started composing from a young age and has been channelling what she sees around her into her songs and instrumental pieces ever since. Her goal is to eventually be involved in the scoring of movie soundtracks.

From7.30pm, MiTH will featuie 19-year-old Chad Lubber, who was a contestant on season two of The Voice South Africa. His debut EP has been released, and was written over four years by Chad himself. Each song tells a beautiful story of love, loss and the sometimes unkind journey towards finding oneself.

Not Fat Just Fluffy is the MiTH pick from 8pm, A Durban band, the members’ aim is to have fun while sharing their music. We can’t argue with that!

From 9pm the spotlight will be on Sleepy Hollow House Band, featuring Gerry Van Rensburg.

Whether you’re a ‘newbie’ looking for your first opportunity to perform publicly, or a more experienced/mature musician simply looking for people who are as passionate about music as you are – pop along and join the fun. Visit for more details and directions.


THE Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on the second level of the Shepstone building, presents the Peter Beets trio, from the Netherlands, from 6pm on Wednesday, September 27.

Brotherly rivalry is always a good thing in music and this aspect is what helps drive this Dutch jazz outfit. The brothers, Alexander and Peter (with friend Gijs Dijkhuizen), are currently touring South Africa.

Peter Beets of The Netherlands in action.

The trio is in the forefront of jazz music in Holland. The brothers have had a healthy rivalr, ever since their father, a keen jazz enthusiast with a passion for Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey, first introduced them to their instruments.

The Beets brothers were born to play music. Peter, who is a highly acclaimed musician with an international reputation, undertook 26 international tours in 2016 and there are no signs of him slowing down this year either.

He has toured Europe extensively, as well as the US and Japan. After college, Peter studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He combined his music studies with law school, but decided to concentrate exclusively on music.

The brothers performed together as The Beets Brothers, and their debut album was released in 1990. Two more followed and over the years they have built up an enormous body of work, many in collaboration with other artists.

Peter Beets (piano), Marius Beets (bass) and Gijs Dijkhuizen (drums) will perform from 6pm. Doors open at 5.30pm. Admission is  R70 (R45 for pensioners and R20 for students).

Contact Thuli at (031) 260 3385 for more information.


DURBAN all-woman band Heels Over Head have planned a concert at 7pm on Friday (September 29) at Sound Cafe, 5 Garlicke Drive, Ballito.

Durban jazz band Heels Over Head… Ballito date. Picture by Simanga Zondo.

From winning the Yamaha Young Talent Award in 2010 to independently releasing two music projects and being nominated for Sama Awards, Heels Over Head has kept its footing firmly on the ground, with new compositions, local city performances on their own budget, touring within the SA borders and the Southern African region, and connecting and building a fan base.

Recently the band got an opportunity to go to the UA in New Orleans for the 2017 Essence Music Festival. This has only added to the enthusiasm that fuels their passion for music.

Joining the women on stage will be pianist Taryn Kasaval and bassist Lee Ngidi.

Admission is R50 and booking is online at


A NUMBER of local musicians will congregate at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club in Glenwood’s Ferguson Road, from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, September 29, in tribute to the music of Syd Kitchen. Admission is R50.

Miriam Erasmus, Fiona Tozer, Daniel Wilson, Richard Haslop, Nux Schwartz, Richard and Graham Ellis, David Marks, Aden Hinds, Will Wallace Rick and Gill Andrew are among those who will perform at the Tribute to Syd Kitchen Concert.

A full cash bar will be available and steak and wors rolls will be on sale at what will be a musical celebration of Syd’s life, songs and poetry.  Donve Lee, whose book, Scars That Shine, has immortalised the legend we knew as Syd Kitchen, will also be there.

They will sing as many of his songs as they can remember, and embellish the evening with some of their own, so it will be a joyful celebration of home grown music.

There are others to confirm, so don’t miss this opportunity to see Durban’s finest singer-songwriters and other stars as they reminisce, and share their memories of the life of this extraordinary legend.


DURBAN singer-guitarist Rob Warren, of the popular band The Black Lapels, will perform solo with surprise guests when he presents his tribute to the music of Jim Croce this weekend.

The Jim Croce Tribute is scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday (September 29and 5) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (October 1).

Croce was an American folk and popular rock singer of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between 1966 and 1973, he released five studio albums and singles, his songs Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and Time in a Bottle reaching No1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On Thursday, 20th September 1973, Jim Croce and band mate Maury Muehleisen died tragically when their chartered light aircraft crashed during take off in Louisiana.

The Jim Croce Tribute will be an intimate performance featuring Black Lapels front man Rob Warren doing what he does best on acoustic guitar and vocals. He will be accompanied by long-time friend and former band mate Steve Murray on second guitar.

The set list will include Time in a Bottle, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, I Got a Name, Lovers Cross, Rapid Roy, Roller Derby Queen, I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a song, Operator, Next Time This Time… and more.

“Jim Croce has always been an enigmatic figure in my life, my father introduced me to his music at age 12, and I have played his songs ever since, from the earliest days of my musical journey. His music leaves me with a deep sense of nostalgia and comfort, I am looking so forward to sharing these stories with you,” says Rob.

Admission is R150. To book contact Roland at 082 499 8636.


SINGER Anthony Stonier presents music from the movies at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s branch at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, this weekend.

The Way We Were – Movie Music Memories will be presented at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1.

Stonier will sing songs such as Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Old Man River (Showboat), Witchcraft (The Joker is Wild), When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio), Feed the Birds (Mary Poppins) and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).

Other songs on the bill include As Time Goes By, The Glory of Love, Smile, All the Way and Singing in the Rain.

Tickets cost R150. To book contact Roland at 082 499 8636.


BBC Beats is held every week at the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, Durban, where one can enjoy a game of bowls (bowls and advice provided, if need be) from 4pm every Monday.

Visitors are encouraged to stay on for varied live music from 6pm to 9pm, with a different artist every Monday evening, when the club pub will be open and eats can be bought.

Kerry-Lee Cherry and David Langley.

On Monday, October 2, the spotlight will be on Durban singer Kerry-Lee Cherry who wowed recently with her Amy Winehouse tribute show at Kloof’s Tina’s Hotel.

She and keyboardist husband David Langley will perform Around the World in 30 Songs, offering a mixed bag of popular numbers.

The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). Different musicians perform each week.

If you require any further information contact Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.



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