Thursday, August 27, 2015

Andy's Acoustic Forum, August 2015


Time once again for Andy's Acoustic Forum
The August edition.


Kicking off the evening,
Wendyhouse...


Wendy Niehaus bringing a touch of country to the evening


Together with Ashley Hendricks
they really set the bar for the acts to follow,
even though their set was shorter than expected.


Michael Plaxton-Harrison,
enthralled the appreciative audience with some virtuoso guitar work.


He was then joined by Ivan Oberholster on electric bass.
An instrument not regularly seen at these acoustic evenings


And, just to complete the line-up,
Dave Delaney (from Beukes and Delaney) joined on fiddle


All the way from Canada.
Ex Yeoville boytjie, Brian Litvin


Although Brian was meant to play a solo set,
he decided to call for reinforcements


First, bass player Ivan (remember Ivan?)
joined in...


And he was followed by Dave Delaney on penny-whistle,
and also fiddle.


And, for me, the jewel in the crown of the evening.
A talent that I have not seen before.
From KZN, Rowan Stuart...
A talent to watch and nurture!


His lyrics and guitar work
was not what I was expecting.
Not a note out of place.
A true professional in every sense.


And not only did he get the attention of the audience...


He also got to do an encore...
And had there been time, I am certain that the crowd
would have been keen to hear another song or two.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d6oWUdOUeE
This is one of the songs that he performed.


And last, but by NO means least.
Legendary folk singer, Paul Clingman


Looking like Paul Simon or Leonard Cohen,
depending on you music preference.
But he has a style all his own.
A first at Andy's Acoustic Forum...
a PROPER acoustic guitar!


Paul has not performed at this venue before,
neither has he recorded for a while.
Perhaps it is time for him to get back into the studio?


And finally, a surprise guest from Swaziland,
Bholoja.
When I left he was doing Bob Dylan covers
and the audience was really enjoying his talent.


Andy, you have to make certain that there
is always a fiddle in the band!
The next evening will be on Wednesday, September 23
At Marks Park as usual.
Don't miss it as I have it on good authority that it is a special lineup

         

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Monday, August 24, 2015

GIG, a first of its kind in Linden.


In a first for Linden,
this event was recently held on the sports field of the local primary school.


Considering the fact that there had been a wonderful
Highveld thunder storm the night before,
the skies, on the day, were clear with not a cloud to be seen.
The MC for the program, Hendrik van Deventer
and joining him in praise, Danielle Petzer.


The event started at 13h00, and, as I had to be at another event,
I could not stay long.


This was a first for me.
A blessing for the first act before they began...


Audio doing what they do best...
fiddling.
If there is a problem, it is ALWAYS the sound department that gets the blame.


Opening act, Helene & Cobus Bester.
A great set with some thought provoking lyrics


A view of the early audience from the stage.
I am certain that the venue filled up during the course of the afternoon
and early evening


Either he worked through the night to set up the stage,
or he was overcome by emotion.


Some of the youngsters in the "Golden Circle" area


Not all were sitting quietly,
several were burning off extra energy


Mum was keeping a watchful eye on Junior


Young and old were in attendance.


The pancake/pannekoek truck attracted the most attention,
and had the longest queue for the entire time I was there.
I did not get to sample any of the food...unfortunately.


Bilingual signage...
But what about the other 9 official languages?


In case people needed some "help" or became overwhelmed,
this "task team" was on hand to help out with prayer.


Normally there is a star on the Green Room door.
Here it is a cross and a green tent that had to suffice


"Can I have an amen?"


This young girl read a passage from the scriptures
and then went on to explain what it meant to her


See, women can multi-task...


Chris Chameleon was act number two.
As I was heading off to an awards ceremony,
I was unable to stay but if what I witnessed was anything to go by,
then the rest of the event must have been awesome


The reason for holding this GiG event
was to raise money for this church,
the Gereformeerde Kerk,
on the corner of 3rd Ave and 7th Street, Linden.
They have a program that is run from the grounds
and the funds from the event will bolster the work that they do.
Well done to all concerned.
And I have to make mention of the community in Linden,
for NOT filling Facebook with negative comments.
This is how a suburb should be behave...

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...

         

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The 17th Absa Jewish Achievers Awards, 2015


Alan Committie hosting the 17th annual
Absa Jewish Achievers Awards at Vodaworld in Johannesburg


Entertainment was provided by 1st Project.
A great drumming group


Legendary political cartoonist Dov Fedler
and his wife Dorrine...my in-laws.
Dov was nominated for the award with the second longest name;
Jewish Report Art, Sport, Science & Culture Award.


I am uncertain who was having more fun with the interview,
Dov or the interviewer, Dina Kaplan Diamond


Awaiting the outcome of the nomination.


And the winner is...
Dov Fedler!
Here he is, receiving the award from Steven Koseff of Investec Bank.


"Let me tell you"...


"So much to say, and only three minutes to say it in"



The cartoon that Dov is proudest of.
And given the subject, one that he will never replicate


"I have never visited Brakpan" says Dov proudly.
But then again, he has never been to Europe either!


" But on a more serious note"...


Dov with host Alan Committie...
two very funny men in their chosen professions 


This is the type of image that begs the question,
what was long time friend David Williams saying?
Answers on a postcard please...


Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela won the award with the longest title.
The Chivas Humanitarian Award in honour of Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, Z"D
Two very worthy winners.
Well done.


Dov's recently released memoir is currently available
at leading bookstores.


Hail, hail the family is all here...
L-R: Laura Kaufman, Dorrine Fedler, Dov Fedler,
Carolyn Fedler-Batzofin and David Batzofin
Image thanks to Jewish Achiever Award page

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