Saturday, July 1, 2017

Andy's Acoustic Forum, June 2017


On a cold mid-winter evening,
Andy welcomes the small, but appreciative crowd...

FRED HERRMANN
A newbie at one of these evenings.
His guitar playing, for me, was extraordinary.
As a player rather than a singer he set the tone for the evening.

This particular guitar was hand made by Andy McGibbon.
A beautiful instrument, with a sound to match.

Frank had an interesting style, different from most of the players that I have watched before.
Depending on the height of the chairs, Frank uses the ball of rope as a foot rest.
The chairs at Marks Park are low enough for the ball not to be required

The problem with a dry, cold night...
The instruments tend to lose their tuning.
But with modern electronic aids, it is quick and easily rectified.

SHOTGUN TORI
Back after a long maternity break.
Good to see her on stage this evening

Doing what she does best...
And for those who have seen her before, 
they will know that she always performs without shoes.

As you can see from her stage attire, it was chilly.
She brought her husband and daughter with her to the gig.
(Both of whom behaved very well)

She and her husband have spent time in Europe and
some of her experiences were reflected in one of the songs she performed.

Marks Park...a performers perspective.

CHRISTOFF BEUKES
One half of Beukes and Delaney.
He says that he suffers from ADD...or perhaps he just wants to do as little as possible.
(His quote, not my words)

He mentioned that he briefly (3 weeks) worked for Exclusive Books.
He was fired when a a customer asked for a book on astrology.
Christoffs's retort: 
"Why add to the confusion"

A pity that the opening act of the evening chose to hold a conversation while Christoff was on stage.
At the Blue bird Cafe in Nashville,Tn they have "Shhhhh" evenings.
If you are discovered chatting during performances you are asked to "Shh".
If you continue to talk you are asked to leave.
Perhaps Andy should put a similar policy in place?

Christoff in silhouette...

SEB GOLDSWAIN
Last but by no means least...
Seb had driven up from Durban to perform at several gigs in Johannesburg.
A guitar player opened the evening, another closed it.

I think that it is a great idea to have pure guitar players in the line-up.
They remind us of how this instrument can sound when played correctly

If you want to learn to play the banjo and the instrument costs R8000.00 what do you do?
You tune your guitar to open G and pretend that it is one.

Seb mentioned that he was a HUGE Chet Atkins fan,
so he closed off his set with a medley of Chet's music.

The July event will be held at Marks Park
 on Wednesday, 26th starting at about 19h30.

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