Friday, July 1, 2016

Andy's Acoustic Forum, June 2016



Andy Mac kicking off the evening.
He was a VERY tired host, having stepped off
an International flight earlier in the day


Even though it is an "acoustic" evening,
there is a lot of cabling required to get the audio to sound great.
It also seems that the "standard" acoustic guitar
can be made to sound like a full orchestra with the
addition of a variety of foot peddles


Shmiddy
As a youngster, he used to work in Andy's shop.
And he even referred to Andy as "Sir"...


He is now based in Cape Town
and he no longer calls Andy "Sir".
For an opening act, his set was fresh and exciting.
It also set the tone for the evening.
One of the best line-ups that Andy has put together.


Bruce Dennill
A man of many talents,
the songs that he performed were truly awesome


I have "followed" Bruce's musical journey over the years,
and in fact I interviewed him after his first CD was published.


Tonight was definitely his finest hour...
well not really and hour, more like 20 minutes or so.
Both his guitar work and his vocals have matured
and his lyrics reflect his life experience over the past few years


He did have a "senior moment" when he got up
to collect a cappo from his guitar case...
and forgot that his guitar was still plugged in!
But aside from that, and frozen finger syndrome,
his set was superb.
Find his current EP on iTunes.
Called "Exit Strategies" it features
one of the best songs he has written to date.
The song...called "Whole".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ray00Jl_XUA
Thanks to Bruce for allowing me to use it on this posting.


Yohan Song
From South Korea originally,
he now lives in Pretoria.
His guitar work was "jaw-droppingly" spectacular.


As he told the audience, his English is not great,
but his playing is!
He did an instrumental set featuring the four seasons,
that had me enraptured.


This particular guitar, hand made by an Italian,
is Yohan's secret weapon.
I have NEVER heard a guitar sound this pure before.
It sent shivers down my spine,
and it got the audience shouting for an encore.


Rowan Stuart and Andy...
Based in Durban, this duo does make an occasional foray to Gauteng.
They are currently on a nationwide tour.


Rowan Stuart.
I have heard this singer/songwriter before
and I do like his music.
People who know more about music styles than I do,
have compared him to Jackson Browne.
High praise indeed.


and Andy.
There is something about bass players...
Andy did not say a word the entire set!


L Song
Also from South Korea,
but no relation to Yohan.


As two of the earlier acts did extra songs,
L had to wait, patiently, for his turn on stage.


And for those audience members, myself included,
who stayed on, we were rewarded with another fine instrumental set.


I have NEVER seen this cord before,
but the sound that he was able to produce,
almost defied description.
He had the crowd begging for more,
a tribute to his virtuoso performance.
It was his first time at one of these evenings,
and I hope that it will not be his last.


Well done to Andy for putting together such a superb line-up.
It is going to be very hard to beat!
The next event will take place at Marks Park
on Wednesday,27th July.
Please remember the new start time of 19h30.
Wrap up warm and please bring torches to aid with the lighting.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Travel & Things, the guest list. 02/07/2016


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 02/07/2016

1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi


10.00 - 11.00:
I am joined in studio by my ex colleague from Talk Radio 702,
Aki Anastasiou.
We will be chatting about his favourite local and international destinations
as well as devices he cannot do without.
It is going to be a fun hour.



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This is "the" team that helps put my show on air.
L-R: Nkululeko, Siyanda and Ndaba...
Thanks guys...


 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A return visit to the Clico Boutique Hotel restaurant, Rosebank,


A cold winter evening in Johannesburg,
but that was about to change as we drove into
the parking lot at the Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank.
Situated on the periphery of this bustling suburb,
the restaurant offers a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Even the music that is played in the dining area
is subtle and not intrusive.


This awaits guests...
There is nothing like a "real" fire
to warm the cold extremities of the diners.


Fresh flowers make guests feel welcome.


Part of the main dining area.
There is a section that can be closed off for private functions.


Power outage?
What power outage...
The hotel does have a generator,
however, dinner by candle light is romantic
(As an aside, there was electricity when we were there)


The table decoration is simple.
The cutlery and crockery are utilitarian,
but do guests require any more than that?


Fresh Norwegian salmon with Wasabi and home made mayonnaise
to begin our wonderful dining experience.


My starter...
Roast tomato soup with basil mozzarella tortellini, 
aged balsamic and olive oil foam.
In a word...delicious.
There was an atheistic aspect to the foam,
but, that being said, it did add another flavour layer to the dish.
The tortellini was perfectly prepared and an unexpected addition.


My wife's starter...
Root vegetable Gnocchi, beetroot & butternut,root chips,parmesan,
oyster mushrooms mushroom truffle custard and assorted seeds.
Her verdict...beautiful.
At first she thought that there might be too many elements on the plate.
However the balance of flavours was such that it was not the case.


My wife's main course.
Sea Bass with leeks, celeriac and lemon-grass puree,
pac choy, braised fennel, verjuice gel,ash
aubergine puree, baby aubergines and a red wine fish sauce.
Again, many elements that made up this dish,
but all well balanced.
So much so that my wife almost licked the plate clean.
Not a morsel left!


My mains...
Lamb shoulder, slow braised rolled, parmesan shortbread,
confit tomato , olives, artichoke, green bean puree and yoghurt panna cota
This is a cut of meat that I have not had before.
At around 180gms, it was the perfect portion size.
The rest of the dish added to my enjoyment of the hero element.
I even tried some of the artichoke...not something I usually do.
The parmesan shortbread was a "surprise" element.


At first I thought we were being offered
a dish of meringue.
It turned out to be paper serviettes.
They looked so beautiful
that I did not want to destroy the presentation by taking one.


This looks like an ice sculpture.
In fact it is one of the water features outside the entrance.
Yes, I braved the cold to take the image.


My dessert...
Pina Colada with caramelized pineapple,slow baked meringue, roast lime puree
honey custard,salted coconut jellies,butterscotch & buttermilk ice cream.
I was not going to have a dessert,
however, for "research" purposes, I decided that I must.
And I am truly glad that I did.
The dish was not too sweet and the ice cream was delicious.
That is not to say that the other elements were not,
merely that the ice cream, for me, was the hero.


This is what my wife had waited patiently for.
Chefs Bleeding Heart,
Chocolate fondant, strawberry centre, champagne jellies
and sugar work.
When the dish arrived, the heart was whole
and it looked like a chocolate brownie...
not something to get too excited about.
But when it was opened, the magic happened
and my wife's eyes LIT up.
A dish that would have made the Masterchef Australia judges proud.

Executive chef Peter Van Schaik...
He has every reason to look pleased.
His menu and the service that the staff offer are superb.
His "theme", if it can be called that seems to be
adding multiple elements on a plate.
Which, when you read the menu might seem like overkill.
However, when the plate arrives at your table,
your senses are enthralled by what you are about to eat.
Peter is a great addition to this establishment.
Well done to all concerned.
For bookings visit:
http://clico-boutique-hotel.co.za

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