Monday, 12 October 2015

Russ Barenberg - The Grammy Award Winning Guitarist from Nashville Gears up for Exclusive Shows in South Africa

‘The Nashville native Russ Barenberg is one of the best Acoustic guitar players in the world today. With a career spanning over four decades, five solo albums and a fifteen year residency as the house band guitarist for the BBC show, the Trans Atlantic sessions. Russ has long been at the forefront of the acoustic music scene, pushing the boundaries with experimental improvisation and crossing the cultural borders, by fusing styles such as Bluegrass, Calypso, Celtic and Jazz. All of the above makes Russ one of the greatest composers and players, but his genuine strength lies in his sense of melody. Russ’ songs truly transport you to a magical realm, where the authentic voice of roots and acoustic dance music still thrives.’ 

Grammy nominated acoustic guitarist and composer Russ Barenberg is known for his
melodic playing, beautiful tone and memorable instrumental compositions. Long at the
creative forefront of the acoustic music scene, he has collaborated with many of its finest
artists, including Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck,
Emmy Lou Harris, Maura O’Connell, Jesse Winchester and Tim O’Brien. Russ’s most
recent album, When at Last, adds to an “exquisitely original” body of work with
more vibrant new melodies and rich ensemble arrangements. The record earned
Russ a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance and was
nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album
of the Year. The album is described well by Nashville writer, Jon Weisberger:
“…while ensemble interplay is the foundation of When at Last, its heart and soul
ultimately is to be found in Barenberg’s tunes…and in his glistening playing. Few
guitarists so perfectly blend a mastery of roots music traditions with melodic originality,
or so finely balance muscularity with delicacy, and each moment of the album is shaped
by these artistic dualities…”

Skip, Hop & Wobble, the award-winning 1993 release by Russ’s long-time trio with
Dobro master Jerry Douglas and acoustic bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, influenced an entire
generation of musicians. Russ has also recorded with legendary jazz bassist, Charlie
Haden and with actor and Grammy-winning banjo player, Steve Martin. His playing has
graced numerous film soundtracks, most notably Ken Burns’ documentary, The Civil
War and the 2010 release, Get Low, starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Since
1995, he has been a member of the house band as well as a featured performer on
the acclaimed BBC television programs, The Transatlantic Sessions. Produced and
filmed in Scotland, the programs feature collaborative performances by top
musicians from America and the British Isles.

South African shows include Durban & KZN, Gauteng & Cape Town with guest performances & collaborations with Hinds Brothers Band, Richard Haslop & Wiam Otto to name a few.

For more info contact 0823712107

“This is new acoustic music of the highest order.” – Music Row

“Tremendously coherent and exquisitely original.” – Bluegrass Now

“A modern classic.” – listen!

Russ is a musician’s musician. For many years he made every film he played on for us
better. His talent and his heart always announce his presence.”Ken Burns

“Acoustic guitar maestro.” USA Today 

Monday, 24 August 2015

'Bone Tower' - The New Release by Thomas Krane

Thomas Krane is no stranger to the South African 'cult circuit', the new album Bone Tower, is the result over 5 years of song writing and 9 months of recording. The album has been 100% financed through a crowd source campaign run on; the band’s fanbase proving their loyalty through the pre-purchase of albums more than a year before the album’s release date. Bone Tower  is a very different animal to its predecessor, both Dan and the band have come a long way in their development as musicians and songwriters. 
The theme of this album shifts away from KRANE’s early development and follows the characters’ obsession with an unnamed love interest, as he rejects friends, family and God in blind pursuit, eventually resulting in marriage and divorce.
Hampton refers to himself as a character musician – musically untrained and everything is done by ear through a process of trial and error repeated often enough that it has become instinctual. Though this unstructured process of learning the craft is painstaking, it has resulted in a style and a sound that is exclusively his own – the beauty in its limitation. With diverse influences, the band’s sound contains elements of folk and classic rock, tied together by a pop sensibility.
THOMAS KRANE has had many members over the years. Every show has a different set of arrangements - one of the bands major appeals as a live act. Drumming prodigy Sheldon Yoko (Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois Van Coke) has been a regular feature of the band since 2012, and is the only other musician to feature on all 9 of Bone Tower’s tracks.
Other contributors to the new album include percussionist Bronwen Clacherty, guitarists Gary Jennings and Colin Von Berg (Us Kids Know), bassist Franco Schoeman (ISO), singer-songwriter Cherilyn MacNeil (Dear Reader), haunting songstress Faye Oakes (Faye & Wren) and spoken word artist Toast Coetzer (Buckfever Undergroundand produced by Dirk Hugo in Newlands, Cape Town. 
Bone Tower is available for pre-order here and tickets to the album launch (18th Sep @ New Space Theatre Cape Town) can be obtained here

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival All Set for The Baxter Theatre!

What happens when you mix South African folk music, country, boere musiek, classical, world music, acoustic rock, singer-songwriters, cape jazz, bluegrass, celtic music and a swamp of blues... Then throw in a few guitars, a piano, violin, banjo, ukulele, cello, piano accordion, steel pan, blues harp and voices from the heavens - all played by some of South Africa’s finest in these genres?

Yes folks, it's the 8th Installment of the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival taking place at the legendary Baxter Theatre from the 7th to the 8th August!

Over the last 7 events the festival has showcased 118 South African artists and bands and this Winter the festival has decided not to repeat any artist from the past 7 events!!

The evenings are set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of some of South Africa's finest songwriters and musicians in their genre.

The line up:

Friday 7th August: David Kramer, Valiant Swart, MacStanley, Tailor, Medicine Boy, Donovan Copley from Hotwater, Andra, Wren Hinds & Faye Oakes, Roger Lucey, Bill Knight , Fruit Vendor, Chris Verge, Jasmine Minter

Saturday 8th August:  David Kramer, Valiant Swart, MacStanley, Tailor, Donovan Copley from Hotwater, Nicky Schrire, Ariella Caira, Rocking Horse, Andra, Timothy Hutchinson, Jono Grayson, Tony Cedras, Dave Reynolds, Basson Laubscher

Ticket Prices: R175 to R195 per ticket.  Bookings at Computicket.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Guy Buttery Crowdfunds to Release Sixth Studio Album

Durban Multi-Instrumentalist and friend of South Sea Records, Guy Buttery is all set to release his 6th Solo Studio Album along with an all-star line up of contributing artists including Vusi Mahlasela, Will Ackerman, Piers Faccini, Nibs Van Der Spuy, Gareth Gale, Dan Patlansky, Shane Cooper, Derek Gripper, Chris Letcher & David Jen
kins (AKA Qadasi).

Buttery is running a crowdfunding campaign in support of this new album which happens to be his first solo studio recording in 6 years. It has been a long time coming. The basis of this campaign is to garner support from fans and music lovers in order to deliver the best possible version of the album. There's also a bunch of cool, exclusive merch and gifts based around the album and the campaign.

So far, this record has been a departure in many ways from Buttery's previous releases in that it is way more cinematic, ambient, groove driven and showcases his mild obsession with music from all corners of the globe. It is also a far bigger production with loads of guest artists, a pretty varied set of instruments from around the world and a new look at the acoustic guitar as a driving force behind the compositions.

Guy Buttery is no stranger to the world of music and has harnessed much respect from many of the industry's finest creatives.

Browse through Buttery's discography here.

Check out the full crowdfunding campaign here and never hesitate to discover new music!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Hinds Brothers & Friends Return to Durban for a One-Night-Only Show at The Westville Theatre Club

Hinds Brothers & Friends return to the Westville Theatre Club for 1 night only this Saturday 27th June after two sell out shows last month. 

Tickets available at the door at R100pp or R50pp for students & pensioners. Doors open at 7pm / music starts at 7:30pm.

The SAMA nominated group is fronted by singer/songwriter brothers Aden & Wren Hinds, who are also the founders of Durban based independent record label, South Sea Records. They released their debut album 'Ocean of Milk' in 2014 to much critical acclaim. It was soon nominated for a SAMA in the Best Adult Contemporary category. Don't miss this opportunity to catch one of South Africa's top singing and songwriting duos live accompanied by some first class musicians.

Great music always resonates with the trilogy of mind, heart and spirit and in this respect the creative work of the Hinds Brothers is an unqualified success, for their music will live long in the minds, hearts and spirits of all who are fortunate enough to experience their art.

"So very beautiful... 'Ocean of Milk' definitely up for album of the year." - Diane Coetzer (Rolling Stone SA)

"Hinds Brothers are up there with the best songwriters in the world" - David Marks (3rd Ear Music)

"My favourite acoustic duo" - Syd Kitchen

“One of the most beautiful duos around...” - Nibs van der Spuy

“What a package! Soothes and caresses the soul... instantly engaging with breathtaking harmonies. Pure velvet, effortless and a delight to the senses.” - Gloria Rhodes (Whats On SA)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Julian Redpath's debut - 'Maiden Light' on the Shelves of South Sea

Shinning bright:

Julian Redpath's "Maiden Light" is one of the most assured & exemplary 
folk albums to come out of South Africa in recent memory, 
writes Nick Mulgrew.
“I hope you don’t get fired for trying to make a story out of the most boring human in musical history.”
Granted, on the surface, things don’t paint Julian Redpath as particularly exciting – and he seems to know it.
Another reclusive singer-songwriter with a day job, 29 years old, who has just released his
debut full-length album – of acoustic guitar-driven folk – independently. About as vanilla as it gets, in other words.
But from the first minute of Maiden Light, an 11-strong suite of restrained and resonant heart songs,
something clicks. Redpath’s voice is clear and sonorous; his lyrics poetically concise; the production warm
and clean. The opener, Nightingale, exhibits everything good about Redpath’s music: assured songwriting
embellished only by passages of bright piano and cello, rich with reverb, and hinting throughout at some intimate, primal longing.

Such studied simplicity is the culmination of years of work and the corralling of experiences of a young life spent between Mthatha, Nottingham Road, Johannesburg and a few others in between.
Redpath recorded his parts for Maiden Light primarily on a farm in Dullstroom in 2012 and, since then, to coax the heart out of his compositions, has brought in a host of collaborators, including virtuoso instrumentalist Guy Buttery, cellist Clare Vandeleur (whom Redpath met on Facebook) and United States-based musician Prism Tats.
Even in the album’s (very) few weak moments, the nature of Redpath and Buttery’s production means that
something interesting is seldom far away. Whether a sudden orchestral moment, a burst of anti-folk fuzz and
sheet-metal shimmer, or a burst of poetry from Mpapa Simo Majola, there are pieces for magpies in every track.

Stream, Download or order the album here

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Rigtingbefok- Gary Herselman & Die Lemme

DIE LEMME is Gary Herselman and a host of South African artists including Arno Carstens, Chris Letcher, Die Gereformeerde Blues Band, Francois van Coke , Andre Geldenhuys ,Guy Tillum,the Kalahari Surfers, Valiant Swart, The Radio Rats, Paul Riekert, Willim Welsyn, Toast Coetzer, Albert Frost, Frank Opperman, Rian Malan and Nechama Brodie, Victor S. Wolf and Tonia Selley, The Trees, Nux Schwartz, Ampie Omo, Kathy Raven, Sannie Fox and Robin Auld. 

Together this all-star collaboration have made the album, “Rigtingbefok” comprising 16 Herselman originals and versions of the Johannes Kerkorrel and Gereformeerde Blues Band's "Liefde" and the Radio Rats' "ZX Dan." 

Gary first came to prominence in the late 1980’s at a time when a real protest-music culture emerged from the Afrikaner community in South Africa. The sentiments articulated by these artists resonated with a lot of young South Africans and the popularity of the music grew exponentially. This “movement” had a name: Voëlvry, and it was born at Shifty Records’ home-studio, south of Johannesburg. 

Herselman had a trio around this time, The Kerels, that used to perform at Jameson’s in downtown Johannesburg alongside James Phillips and the Cherry Faced Lurchers. The Kerels released their debut, “Ek Se” in 1988 on Shifty Records and a year or so later the landmark Voëlvry compilation album was released and a tour to promote the album was undertaken. Gary was by then the bass player for Johannes Kerkorrel’s Gereformeerde Blues Band and was renowned for wearing tiny rugby shorts onstage, irrespective of the weather. 

Sometime after the Voëlvry tour, Gary invented a “whisky sodden ou” who he called Archie Pelago and in 1991 the Archie Pelago album, “City Country” was released on Underground Records. Gary referred to it as having been “made with mostly bubble gum and elastoplast.” As he put it in his as yet unpublished memoir: - “As far as songs in the traditional sense of the word go, I think some of my best ones appear on that cassette. Of course it’s all heartbreak and snot and stuff but hey, it’s a country record.” Jannie ‘Hanepoot’ van Tonder and Willem Moller, both fellow Voëlvry survivors and ex-GBB appeared on the album. 

In 2003 he collaborated with ex-Kerels drummer Neil Fishwick (with whom he grew up and attended the same primary and high schools in Germiston) on the critically-acclaimed Blomkrag project and released the album “Boerecountry”. The album featured Willem Moller, a guitar-slinger of note who has appeared with Rodriguez, Big Sky and Nataniel to name a few and with whom Gary appeared on Koos Kombuis’ “Niemandsland” album. 

Gary worked for twelve years at Hillbrow Record Centre after which he was employed for two years at a compact disc wholesaler. Herselman also founded South Africa’s first truly independent music distributor, Tic Tic Bang, in the 1990s. Tic Tic Bang was very successful in representing South African artists such as Henry Ate/Karma, Koos Kombuis, Johannes Kerkorrel, James Phillips, Mzwhake Mbuli and Jennifer Ferguson amongst others.

Limited Edition cardboard digipak of the 18 track collaborative release now available on South Sea Records and Bandcamp.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

South Sea Records to Launch in Cape Town

Durban based independent record label South Sea Records will soon expand it's presence into the Cape.  Co-founder of South Sea, Wren Hinds (who is also a founding member of the SAMA nominated group The Hinds Brothers) will be heading to Cape Town in February 2015 to set up a South Sea Records branch and distribution in the mother city.

Founded by Hinds Brothers in late 2013 primarily as a means to independently release their highly acclaimed debut album 'Ocean of Milk', South Sea Records soon began to embody the wider musical vision of the brothers Hinds, Aden & Wren.

'Volume 1'- the debut EP by Faye & Wren was released in early 2014 exclusively on South Sea Records and in September 2014 South Sea brought internationally acclaimed folk hero Willy Mason to Durban for 2 concerts with The Hinds Brothers.

November 2014 saw the label announce that they had been busy setting up a distribution network unlike any other, focused around trendy Durban coffee shops and tea joints where you can find the distinctive South Sea Records branded bamboo stands. Burnt into the stands is the simple phrase- “Discover New Music”. 

Artists currently being distributed by South Sea include Guy Buttery, Madala Kunene, David Jenkins, Faye & Wren and of course The Hinds Brothers.

South Sea Records will now embark on their next adventure, which will see the setting up of a
similar distribution network in Cape Town over February and March 2015, and later this year in Johannesburg.

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