Sound Advice: Gigs (Apr 24-30)

Sebastian Goldswain promotes his new album in Durban on Wednesday, April 24.


A FUNK-ROCK trio with jazz, neo-soul and indie-folk influences takes the 9pm headliner spot at the next gathering of the fortnightly Music in the Hills (MiTH) event in Hilton, scheduled from 7pm on Wednesday, April 25.

The group is Shackles and Bones which, formed nearly a decade ago, explores music that makes people “get down and squeak tekkie”, but it is said that their drive for “dancey bops” is not at the expense of contemporary dialogue.

Subjects and themes from Shackles and Bones include an exploration into toxic masculinity, race privilege and gender fluidity.

The team comprises Dave Glover on vocals and guitar, Julian Arenzon on vocals and drums, and Steven Ellery on bass and vocals.

John Ellis performs in Hilton on Wednesday, April 24.

MiTH is is a semi-open mic music club which holds all events in a barn at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton. Doors open at 6pm. Admission is R40 at the door.

Take along your own booze. Food and soft drinks are available for sale.

The 8pm slot at the April 25 gig will be filled by former Tree 63 singer-guitarist and songwriter John Ellis, who relocated back to his hometown, from America, after many years of international success, to pursue a solo career.

In 2010 he released his debut solo album, the politically charged Come Out Fighting, which garnered him a Sama nomination. In 2011, in addition to his production work for other South African artists, he recorded his follow-up, an acoustic album. Titled Rural, it saw Ellis accompanied by Johnny Clegg drummer and percussionist Barry van Zyl.

Ellis has featured on numerous American and British recordings, as well as on albums by South African artists such as Ernie Smith, Farryl Purkiss and Ard Matthews. He John also lectures English literature, politics, communication, English as a second language and academic literacy.

The MiTH 7pm attraction is Khethelo Madondo and Igolide, a  Durban-based band playing jazz, soul, neo-soul and traditional Zulu music. Their influences include Stimela, Caiphus Semenya, Robert Glasper and Busi Mhlongo.


DURBAN guitar ace Seb Goldswain launches his new album, The Road Ahead, at 6pm on Wednesday (April 24) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music on the second level of the Shepstone Building, on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Road Ahead is the second album from guitar-virtuoso and composer Goldswain, following the positive critical response from the acoustic songs on debut album, Pictures of a Thousand Words.

The core concept of The Road Ahead is that of the primacy of storytelling in songwriting. All the songs are personal in nature, relate to experiences and attempt to veer away from titles like “guitar music”, and towards a positive listening,

Seb is not afraid to wear his influences proudly, and as such can be heard on the Django Reinhardt-influenced Grim FanDjango, the undeniably Jackson Five-like Motown, an original arrangement of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Finlandia, as well as an Andalusian take on the finger-style standard, Avalon.

Doors will open at 5.30pm. Admission is R80 (R50 for pensioners and R25 for students). For more info call Thuli at (031) 260 3385.

For my recent interview with Seb Goldswain click here:


Still talking music, note that excellent Durban singer-guitarist Barry Thomson, of The Reals, is presenting final performances of his fine solo acoustic show at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Durban branch in Cunningham Road, Umbilo.

Times Like These is its title and you can see it at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday (April 26 to 28).

The informal show has Barry reflecting on past and present personal experiences with some interesting song choices while the second half focuses on hit songs from shows with which he has been associated in the past year or so.

Barry Thomson… solo show in Durban this weekend.

Expect songs associated with Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, The Eagles, Sonny and Brownie, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Neil Diamond and others. For my full review click here:

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646.


SONGS from Abba to Amy Winehouse, Tammy Wynette to Adele, Carpenters to Tracey Chapman, as well as popular songs from musicals, are on the songsheet of a show to be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Durban branch in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this and next weekend.

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is its title and you can see it at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday (April 26 to 28). It will also be staged at the same venue, at the same times, next weekend, May 3 to 5.

The show, directed by Peter Mitchell, focuses on songs related to break-ups, breakdowns, heartbreaks and breakaways. It stars Pietermaritzburg singers Erin Fourie and Tanya Nicolson backed by musicians Helen Vermaak and Daniel Rossouw.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8646.


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