Of a great song
Versatile musician Barry Thomson is making his debut at the f estival
The Witne ss WHAT Y OU NEED TO KNO W • Cat ch Barry Thoms on with Marion L oudon and Jas on Andrew in Behind the Nois e at The Witne ss Hilton Art s Festival. The sho w is being staged in the Art Bl ock at Hilton Coll ege t onight at 8.15 pm.
Tickets ar e R100 at www.hiltonfestival.co.za • Barry Thomson’s Up C lose and P ersonal is at the Rhumbelow The atre at the All an Wilson Shellhol e in Al an P aton (Durb an) R oad, Pie termaritzburg, at 2 pm and 6.30 pm on Sept ember 2 4. Tickets ar e R120 (R100 f or pensioners and bl ock bookings o f eight or mor e) at Compucticket and Shoprit e and Check ers s tores.
The v enue opens 90 minutes be fore sho w f or a picnic dinner, s o tak e picnic b askets but no drink s, as ther e is a cash b ar. Inquirie s: R oland at 082 499 8636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rhumbelow.za.net ence, hopefull y, g ets a chanc e t o know a lit tle more about me other than as an allout r ock guit arist.”
Fans can look forward to hearing music by Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, Sheryl C row, Blink18 2, R odriguez, The E agles, Pink Flo yd and mor e.
“I’ve taken a few folktype songs and rocked them up and done more acoustic v ersions of r ock song s. I need to be able t o play something different as an artis t and the audience needs to hear something different, I think, ” T homson said.
“It’s not a show really. It’s about me and a bunch of people sharing an evening of good music together. And that’s the w ord. Together.”
Thomson is also k een t o do a more theatrical sho w, ha ving jus t had a “r eally fun time” on T hemi Venturas’s Air Guitar at the Catalina Theatre in Durban. “It’s the funnest show that I’ve done. We laughed every single night. I would be very keen to do something like this again. I reckon Durban needs another Air Guitar!” he added.
As for the closure of the popular Heritage T heatre, T homson sa ys that while he misses performing at the venue, he has managed to turn a ne gative int o a positi ve. He and The Reals have invested in their own PA s ystem and lighting rig , which means the y can g o t o school halls and mini theatres to perform, something w hich w ouldn’t ha ve been possible before. “It forced us to find smaller, out of the way venues, and having us perf orm ther e has gi ven them a boos t as w ell,” T homson said, “but I do feel sorry for the people living in Hillcrest because there are no v enues f or them.” • To k eep in t ouch with Barry Thomson, s ee his F acebook p age: barry.thomson
Barry Thoms on will be perf orming at
Hilton Art s F estival t onight.