Digby and the Lul­laby to woo the East Cape

Indie mu­sic duo says their one-night only shows are ‘per­fect date nights’, writes Za­man­dulo Malonde

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

FOR any East­ern Cape guy try­ing to im­press his girl with the per­fect date night, book­ing a seat for the Digby and the Lul­laby show might just do the trick, reck­ons band mem­ber Darren Peens. Peens said he and his mu­si­cal part­ner and wife, Rouchelle Hub­sch, would bring their best with them as they re­turn to per­form in their home prov­ince af­ter a stage ab­sence of about a year.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited to be play­ing in the East­ern Cape again. It’s our home [they live in St Fran­cis Bay] and we haven’t been on a stage here for about a year now,” he said.

The Digby and the Lul­laby Indie-folk band, con­sist­ing of Peens on gui­tar and back­ing vo­cals and Hub­sch on pi­ano and lead vo­cals, will play one-night only shows in the East­ern Cape, start­ing in Cape St Fran­cis, fol­lowed by East London and then Port El­iz­a­beth.

The East­ern Cape tour will be the band’s of­fi­cial come­back af­ter tak­ing a break from per­form­ing to fo­cus on their baby boy, now aged six months, and write new material.

The pair won the Gra­ham­stown Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val Stan­dard Bank Ova­tion Award in 2014 and con­sider the achieve­ment as one of their most mem­o­rable.

How­ever, their proud­est mo­ment was hav­ing been in­vited to per­form and record in Bahrain and work with the late Michael Jack­son’s record­ing engi­neer.

“A friend of ours was called and asked if he could put for­ward a few names of South African artists to pos­si­bly come and film and record a few songs at a record­ing stu­dio in Bahrain,” Peens said.

Among other things, the cou­ple was mes­merised by the cul­ture, the treat- ment they re­ceived while there and the stu­dio in which they recorded.

“There was noth­ing lack­ing . . . any­thing you could dream of was avail­able in that stu­dio. Se­ri­ously, we worked with an amaz­ing crew,” Peens said.

Be­fore form­ing a band, the cou­ple met when Hub­sch au­di­tioned for a mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion in which Peens was one of the judges.

“She sub­mit­ted a song for a com­pe­ti­tion I was judg­ing and she won. One of her prizes was to come and work with me in my record­ing stu­dio and a few years later, we got mar­ried,” he said.

The duo recorded their first al­bum, The Some­where Wind, in 2011 in New York. They have since re­leased two EPs and will be per­form­ing some of the new material they wrote while on break, as well as some of their old mu­sic.

Digby and the Lul­laby gen­er­ally com­mu­ni­cate a range of life ex­pe­ri­ences through their mu­sic, in­clud­ing re­la­tion­ships and any­thing that is in­spi­ra­tional enough to write and sing about.

“The audience can look for­ward to an in­tense per­for­mance be­cause we will give it ev­ery­thing and pro­duce a heart­warm­ing show.”

The band will per­form at the Rock Lily Mu­sic Bar Grill, Cape St Fran­cis, on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 30, fol­lowed by East London’s Le­gends Show­case on Fri­day Septem­ber 1, and the Mu­sic Kitchen in New­ton Park on Thurs­day Septem­ber 7.

Tick­ets cost R250 (R220 for early book­ings) for the Cape St Fran­cis show, R120 for East London and R100 for Port El­iz­a­beth.

Book­ings for these shows can be made on (042) 940-0174, (043) 721-2794 and 072-994-5096 re­spec­tively. All shows start at 8pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Peens on 072-352-4591.

THE RE­TURN: Digby and the Lul­laby band mem­bers Rouchelle Hub­sch and Darren Peens are per­form­ing in the East­ern Cape from next week

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