Sound Bites: Dave Monks

Dave Monks and Marion Loudon in The Swinging Sixties, to be staged in Pietermaritzburg at 2pm on Sunday, October 13.

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BILLY SUTER with an occasional column in which he chats to popular musicians about their musical likes and dislikes. The spotlight is on Irish-born, Durban-based multi-instrumentalist and singer DAVE MONKS. He and guest vocalist Marion Loudon will reopen the newly revamped Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, in the Allan Wilson Shellhole, at 2pm on Sunday, October 13. They will revive their hit show, The Swinging Sixties, for which booking is at Computicket or by calling 082 499 8636. Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners).
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Marion Loudon and I will perform The Swinging Sixties at 2pm on Sunday, October 13, when we reopen the newly revamped Pietermaritzburg branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre. We will present the same show, which features songs associated with more than 20 artists, at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Kloof branch, at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, from November 8 to 10. Call Roland at 082 499 8636 to book for either of these shows.

What is your favourite song right now?

Me by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie.

The last album you bought?

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Two of your favourite songs of all time?

Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

Three of the finest albums ever?

The Wall by Pink Floyd, Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 by The Traveling Wilburys and Neck & Neck by Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins. All three of these albums are timeless and can be enjoyed by all generations.

Worst song in history?

A Winter’s Tale by David Essex.

Song you most associate with your teens?

Sunshine of Your Love by Cream.

Song you most associate with your early childhood years?

There’s a Hole in My Bucket.

The size of your music collection and the artists represented most there?

I don’t collect CDs anymore but have thousands  backed up. Most represented are Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who and Mark Knopfler.

Favourite radio station and DJ?

SAFM and Elvis Preslin.

The local artists you most admire?

Claire Johnston and Johnny Clegg.

Artists from abroad that you most admire?

David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Mark Knopfler.

Most over-rated person in the recording business?

Robbie Williams .

Pet hate about the music scene in South Africa?

A general lack of support from the public.

The one music act you would give the world to see perform live?

AC/DC.

Ever asked a music personality for an autograph?

No.

Music acts you have seen live and loved?

Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac, Rolling Stones and Roger Waters.

Best singing star ever?

Freddie Mercury.

The greatest musician of all time?

Gary Moore

Best band in history?

Pink Floyd.

The styles of music you most enjoy?

I most enjoy rock and country music.

The most embarrassing artist represented in your music collection – and why is it there?

Something by Rolf Harris. It was a gift.

The one song that will always be guaranteed to get you on to a dancefloor?

Thunder by AC/DC.

The musical teaming you would most like to see?

Roger Waters and Mark Knopfler.

Your choice of karaoke song (and why)?

Daydream Believer… because I know the words.

The first song you ever performed for an audience?

For Your Love by The Yardbirds,

Guilty pleasure: a song you really feel you shouldn’t enjoy, but secretly do?

An Englishman in New York by Sting.

Worst decade for music?

The 2000s.

Hottest-looking music celebs?

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

Instruments you can play?

Guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, pennywhistle and harmonica.

The song you’d like to be played at your funeral?

I Watch the Sunrise.

The song you find the saddest?

The Old Man, an Irish song.

Two dead music icons you’d most like to invite to dinner?

Gary Moore and Phil Lynott.


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