Un­plugged, but not unim­pres­sive at all

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE 10th Cape Town Folk Acous­tic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val takes place in the Bax­ter Theatre con­cert hall next Fri­day and Saturday. Twenty-two artists will per­form in an un­plugged, in­ti­mate set­ting. These con­certs are al­ways a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence of mu­si­cal sto­ry­telling by some of our finest song­writ­ers and mu­si­cians.

“If you re­mem­ber bands like Z-As­taire, Ella Men­tal, The Usual, Delta Blue, Sweat­band, HAMMAK, Spring­bok Nude Girls, Just Jin­jer, Zen What, and SA’s most renowned guitar duo Steve New­man and Tony Cox, then this year`s fes­ti­val is go­ing to be a treat for you,” says or­gan­iser Gavin Min­ter from Real Wired Mu­sic.

“We will fea­ture all the singers from the men­tioned bands, plus a few more ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented artists have been added to this year’s in­stal­ment.

There will be a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween two leg­endary mul­ti­ple award-win­ning acous­tic gui­tarists, New­man and Cox, who will be per­form­ing on both nights. They have toured the world and played ev­ery ma­jor fes­ti­val, and be­tween them have re­leased more than 30 al­bums. Cox says: “An acous­tic guitar has to be one of the most emo­tively driven in­stru­ments on the planet, a small orches­tra in your lap.”

Far­ryl Purkiss says that as an artist one never re­ally truly masters an in­stru­ment. “There is al­ways some­thing more to learn.”

The blues in­fused vo­cal-rock of Josie Field con­nects with the in­ti­mate folk and coun­try styles of Lau­rie Levine, who will be per­form­ing to­gether to cre­ate a unique and in­ti­mate mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. Levine says: “It is rare to be on a line-up with such a large ar­ray of lo­cal artists. There’s some­thing beau­ti­ful in the com­ing to­gether of a col­lec­tive of mu­si­cians.”

James Ste­wart (for­merly from The Usual) is look­ing for­ward to play­ing acous­ti­cally.

“It brings the song right back into the space it was when it was writ­ten.”

Robin Auld says play­ing a stripped down set has cer­tain prac­ti­cal ad­van­tages: “It’s al­ways nice to play at an event where you know the mu­sic would sur­vive with­out elec­tric­ity.”

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