20 acts for ‘Bands for Barry’ event

KZN Midlands musician Barry (The Captain) Meintjes, for whom Sunday’s concert at The Knoll in Hilton will be a fundraiser for his ongoing medical costs.


ALL KwaZulu-Natal music fans should head for the hills on Sunday for a day of great music for a good cause – raising funds for the ongoing medical costs of ailing, popular Midlands musician Barry (The Captain) Meintjes.

More than 20 music acts will contribute their talents to the concert which will run from noon until early evening at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm in Hilton (directions below). 

The event is billed as Bands for Barry II, as it has been 10 years since The Captain’s first benefit concert, after he fell off a wooden deck and lost the use of his legs, explains concert spokesman Charles Webster.

The performers will entertain with a variety of old favourites and original compositions at the family-friendly event, for which tickets cost R100 for adults and R50 for patrons aged 12 to 16. Under-12s get in free. Food and soft drinks will be on sale, although visitors may take their own drinks.

“A gentle friend to all, Barry is possibly best known as the long-standing bass-player of the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, proprietor of Marshall Music Midlands and (in the latter capacity) as a patron and/or benefactor of the now-retired Midlands Musicians’ Club and its successor, Music in The Hills,” says Webster.

“More than that, he’s just a much-loved human.”

The concert is scheduled to open with a noon performance by Byron Love, followed about 15 minutes later by Just Two Bad (Gordon Deeves and Denis Botha), then Nick Pharazyn at 12.30pm. The spotlight will be on Paul Nijs from 12.45pm, then Jes Bedingfield and Josh Strydom will entertain from 1pm.

From 1.20pm Jonathan Handley will be on the bandstand, after which there will be appearances by Erin Fourie and Kath McClennand (1.20pm), Dave Rossouw (2pm), Roly Struckmeyer (2.20pm), The Undaunted (2.40pm), The Mottled Crew (3pm) and Tracing Circles (3.20pm).

At 3.40pm Colores (Kech Sanchez and Neil Rossouw ) will entertain before blues guitarist Rusty Red performs at 4pm. Scrapyard Junkies take to the stage from 4.20pm, followed by great duo Qadasi at 4.40pm, Fugly at 5pm and, finally, The Captain’s Pickup Band at 5.30pm.

To get to The Knoll, long a popular venue for local music talent, take the N3 to Hilton, then take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College).

Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to the venue is the second entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

For any further details contact Charles Webster at charlesjwebster@gmail.com or 082 331 7271.

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