Sound Advice: KZN gigs (Nov 8-14)

Seb Goldswain performs as the headliner at MiTH in Hilton on Wednesday, November 8.

BILLY SUTER reports on gigs in and around Durban this and next week – including a gig by guitar wizard Seb Goldswain and three supper theatre productions.

POPULAR guitarist Seb Goldswain will perform from 9pm on Wednesday (November 8) at the Music in the Hills (MiTH) gathering, now being held fortnightly in Hilton.

The venue is a former barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Road, Hilton.

At the age of 24, Goldswain is already being considered by many of South Africa’s elite professional musicians as one of the top performing guitar players in the country.

Seb is a highly versatile musician, having studied jazz guitar and composition up to honours level at UKZN. Apart from performing with his own original electric band, as well as regularly working with some of SA’s top artists.

“MiTH is evolving in two important ways – and we need to make all our musical friends aware. As of now, it is a venue that pays musicians (our door charge will go up to R50 to help facilitate this),” says MiTH spokesman and performer Charles Webster.

The move away from free evenings 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.”

Starting off the fun on Wednesday, at 7pm will be Shelley McLean and members of the Cowan House Music Department.

A seasoned Durban songstress, Shelley has moved to the Midlands to lead the Cowan House music department. She is bringing a selection of her best pupils to sing and play various instruments.

From 8pm, the bandstand will be occupied by T Christian, who started singing when he was 11. He is also a songwriter and has performed at the Maritzburg Jazz festival, Sprytz, weddings, business functions, hotels and parties.

Admission to MiTH is R30, and one take one’s own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

Musicians who want to play at MiTH should contact Bill Pocket (076 684 7647), Charles Webster (082 331 7271) or Doug Borain  072 340 7034).


THE  popular The Black Lapels of Durban present their tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 10 and 11) and 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday  (November 12).

Rob Warren, Garth Warren and Gareth Gale, together with guest guitarist  Rusty Red, offer a fun show featuring such hits as Someday Never Comes, Fortunate Son, Looking Out My Back Door, Down on the Corner, Up Around the Bend, Bad Moon Rising and others.

The Black Lapels.

Tickets cost R150 and booking is at Computicket outlets or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

Meanwhile, The Rhumbelow Theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg, presents father and daughter singers Danny and Danielle Fisher at 2pm and 6.30pm on Sunday (November 12).

The show is It Takes Two, featuring popular duets associated with Johnny Cash,  Kenny Rogers, Meatloaf  Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Joe Cocker and Nat King Cole, among others.

Tickets cost R150 for each of these three shows and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.


JAZZ trio Kinsmen present numbers from their debut album, Window to the Ashram, at two Durban venues this weekend, in association with Concerts SA.

The band, after performing in Cape Town, will entertain at Durban’s Alliance Française at 6.30pm on Friday, November 10. The venue is at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside. Tickets cost R100. To book, or for more details, contact (031) 312 9582.

Also catch the trio at The Chairman, 146 Mahatma Ghandi Street, Durban, from 11pm  on Saturday, November 11, when there will be no couvert charge.

Call (031) 268 2133 for more information about this gig.

Released on June 16, Window to the Ashram is a collection of narratives, poetically woven together with the creative use of space afforded by their trio. The album was presented on the National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown to great success.

The Kinsmen. Picture by Natasha Laurent.

Kinsmen was founded by Dhruv Sodha (sitar), Shailesh Pillay (tabla) and Muhammad Dawjee (tenor saxophone), all originally from Laudium – on the outskirts of Pretoria.

Their work explores the intersection of culture, tradition and modernity through composition and improvised music.

The musical language of Kinsmen draws on influences including Indian classical, avant-garde jazz and South African jazz.


DURBAN guitarists Barry Thomson and Andy Turrell pool talents for Thomson & Turrell, to be performed at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, 14 Beryldene Road, Kloof, at 8pm Wednesday to Saturday (November 8 to 11) and also 2pm on Sunday (November 12).

Enjoy an evening of whacky musical fun, featuring Barry on acoustic and electric guitar and Andy on a variety of instruments.

Andy and Barry have been colleagues since 1999, and have played many shows together at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, The Durban International Blues Festival, various Barnyards and The Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest.

Andy is a multi-instrumentalist, with a crazy sense of humour, perfectly suited to add a fun twist on Barry’s repertoire. Andy’s drumming and guitar talents will be showcased alongside Barry’s, and they will share funny stories about life and their times on the road. 

Expect a variety of music genres from Cajun to Irish Folk and from Delta Blues to all-out rock ’n’ roll. This show features music from Joe Bonamassa, Keb Mo, Tom Petty, Sunny Landreth, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt and George Ezra, to name a few.

Seating is at tables of six, and tickets cost R150. Book at Computicket or phone Roland at 082 499 8636.


IF YOU are after a sundowner and some good music, varied sounds to wash away the Monday blues each week, consider popping in at Durban’s Berea Bowling Club, on the corner of Brand Road and Ferguson Road, every Monday.

People can attend and play bowls from 4pm (they have floodlights) There will be members in attendance to assist anyone new to playing bowls. They also have bowls available. The music, by different acts each week, flows from 6pm to about 9pm.

A full bar is available and food can be bought at the venue.

This Monday (November 13), the attraction is singer and guitarist Rusty Red. The cost is R50 for the music, which includes the bowls (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). If you require any further information call 082 499 8636.


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