Folkify comes to Saints
After a successful run of shows in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, Kevin Abraham brings his acoustic ensemble, Folkify! to Grahamstown, this Sunday.
Abraham describes it as “uncomplicated, unaffected acoustic music played well”.
Abraham’s original songs and ballads will resonate with audiences who enjoy melody and meaning. He also interprets a range of favourite pop and rock songs re-imagined within his style of Folk music.
“Musically, Folkify is collaboration,” Abraham says.
He’s accompanied by Janet Sklar on violin, and Kristo Zondagh on percussion, both acclaimed artists in their own right.
Abraham began playing ukulele at a very young age, progressing over time to acoustic guitar.
His first real introduction to performing acoustic music was at the Queens College Folk club, under Hennie Van Der Mescht, who currently runs the Acoustic Café performances in Grahamstown.
Later, as a young adult, he became involved in the iconic Four Winds Folk Club, an institution that nurtured many excellent players over the years. It was here that he began to develop his strong finger picking and signature vocal style.
Time spent in Cape Town as a student consolidated his position as a top performer in the many clubs, pubs and restaurants which offered live music in those days.
While there, he was scouted by Mountain Records, resulting in national attention for his hit song, More than Just a friend, from the album Inside.
As a result of the album’s charting, Kevin had the opportunity to play and tour extensively. The demands of bigger stages and audiences resulted in a move towards a full band sound, and for a while he concentrated on delivering pop- rock shows.
However, he always sustained a separate solo career, with strong emphasis on vocals and acoustic guitar.
In the mid-80s, he left SA to try his luck overseas and created a highly successful career as a solo artist.
On a visit to SA in 1991, Kevin, with his wife, Michal, decided to “stay awhile” in his home town, Port Elizabeth.
It wasn’t long before they were putting down roots. Abraham now performs three or four times a year, mainly for local fans.
Folkify will be at Saints Bistro on Sunday, 26th March with Rain Abraham as the opening act.
Food and drink will be available; however, you should book ahead for planning purposes.
“Please be aware that this is quite an early show,” Abraham said. “Doors will open at 5pm. Show starts at 6pm, and will end at around 8pm.”
Pre-booked tickets R80 and at the door R90. Students and scholars R55.
Call 046 622 3007 for bookings.