When I started this blog nearly three years ago, I had no idea it would become a place where I could do some serious life stock taking. In fact, I thought why would anyone blog in the first place? It started as an assignment on personal branding – which I suppose you can say turned out moderately successful. Now, it’s more like a sobering, personal activity. That said, it hasn’t been easy finding the time to write a blog entry this past month!

Inside the Fat Suit
Inside the Fat Suit

Since my last hefty entry, a lot has happened! I did 5 shows with the kids theatre show Tjiff en Tjaff (one at the opening of the Maskam Mall in Vredendal and 4 at Kidz Skouspeel at Tygervalley Mall). Kidz Skouspeel happened directly after I got back from Grahamstown where I attended the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. There I was once again exposed to an intense week of nothing else but amazing jazz music. I also ended up singing in a Circle Songs ensemble led by Cape Town songbird Monique Hellenberg (former vocalist with electro-jazz group Goldfish). Circle singing is a type of improvisatory activity where participants spontaneously compose a group song from scratch. I did two performances with the Circle Song ensemble, both of which were magical. On the last day of the festival I woke up with a double dose of flu which wracked my body for the next week. Now imagine arriving home to less than a day of rest and having to get inside the big, green, alien mascot suit and then doing two days of solid rehearsal! Add to that the heaviness of the alien head – get the picture?

Tour Poster3 days after Kidz Skouspeel I got on a plane headed for Johannesburg – where Brother & Brother had planned a 3-venue tour of Gauteng – one at The Bohemian in Westdene, one at Railways in Pretoria and one at Acoustic Cafe in Randpark Ridge. Of the three, the Friday night at The Bohemian was the best and most well received. We shared the stage with Carri Wolfe, Sheldon Payne & the Blue Veins and Barking Trees. Over 150 people packed out the place and we had an amazingly, unforgettable show. The same can’t be said for the poorly managed Railways, who did not even supply the tech rider we requested or provide adequate sound. Because of that, audience members began walking out mid-set and we ended up playing to our manager and 3 friends. It was a serious let down. How do you go from having one of the best gigs ever to one of the poorest gigs ever in one day? However Sunday’s gig at Acoustic Cafe lifted our spirits as we played a mellow and intimate sundowner to family and friends with Dave playing his drums jazz style on brushes. I also received some great feedback on the illustrated poster I did to advertise the tour.

Here are some pics of our show at The Bohemian courtesy of Distorted Reality Studios:

Acoustic Fest AuditionBrother & Brother will be doing an acoustic set at De Kreeft Stamkafee at Saronsberg Theatre in Tulbagh on Friday night if you’re keen to join us.

Tonight I’ll be playing 3 songs as an audition for the Cape Town Acoustic ‘n Folk Music Festival at music instrument retailer Music Experience. Getting selected to play at the festival means I’ll be able to share the stage with some of SA’s biggest singer-songwriters/acoustic musicians. I’ll also score a free guitar. So, I’m trying to rally support as it’s a live audience audition – but most of my friends seem to be bailing on me. However, I have to thank Expression Session Kuila for once again including me in the July installment of their newsletter. Read it here. Big love to Jerome Rex, Ashleigh Davids and Rene van Niekerk for the inclusion and positive support.

Upcoming Gigs

23 JulyFruit Vendor Acoustic ‘n Folk Music Festival Audition at Music Experience, Cape Town

24 July – SAICA Roadshow at Westerford High School

25 July – Brother & Brother at De Kreeft Stamkafee at Saronsberg Theatre, Tulbagh

27 JulyKuila Expression Session at Christian Family Centre, Kuilsriver

28 JulySAICA Roadshow at La Rochelle Girl’s High School, Paarl

30 July – Fruit Vendor at Rhenish Girls’ High School Superstars Competition

31 JulyFruit Vendor at Expression Session Worcester

5 – 7 August – Pinelands Primary School Cabaret

16 AugustBrother & Brother at Aandklas, Stellenbosch with Elevated Motion and The Young Folks

25 August – 7 SeptemberRockville 2069 at Artscape Opera House, Cape Town

24 September – Solms Delta Soetstemme at Solms Delta, Franschoek

20 November – Solms Delta Soetstemme at Solms Delta, Franschoek

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