Of a great song

Ver­sa­tile mu­si­cian Barry Thom­son is mak­ing his de­but at the f es­ti­val

Weekend Witness - - Mone Y - FES­TI­VAL FOOT­LIGHTS BARRY THOMS ON

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 roland@stansell.za.net 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

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Barry Thoms on will be perf orm­ing at

Hil­ton Art s F es­ti­val t onight.

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