Thursday, August 31, 2017

Andy's Acoustic Forum. August 2017

For the guitar enthusiast, these were on display...
Either to drool over, or perhaps to drop a hint for a Christmas/birthday gift?

The inimitable Andy Mac kicking off the evening in his usual fashion.
This evening he was "caught short" as he was not expecting drums and keyboards.
But he rose to the challenge.

A regular to start the evening off.
Richard Bruins has performed here many times,
usually with a band.
This time he was flying solo...

I thought that a lap-steel guitar was only used in country
or Bluegrass music...I was mistaken.

Many thanks for showing the audience just how versatile this instrument is.

A new performer...Stefan Jester.
And boy did he rock the venue!
I am a sucker for an acoustic guitar and a harmonica,
so he certainly ticked both those boxes for me.
An awesome new talent, one to keep an eye on.
I believe that has an EP in the works at the moment,
I hope that it does really well for him.

As if singing alone was not enough,
he brought in Jan-Louis van den Berg on tambourine, kick drum and backing harmonies.
And the two of them were having a LOT of fun together.

Enter Richard Blignaut on keyboards.
The trio did one number together...I could have listened to them for a couple more songs.
I do hope that Andy will bring all three of them back again

And now for something completely different.
This is Susan who is a pancreatic cancer survivor.
She has been in remission for nine years.
She was there selling  items to raise money for the work that she does.
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Another regular...Herman Bergman.
He did a mixture of instrumental and Afrikaans songs

I particularly liked the lyric that he wrote about people at a gathering,
leaning on their cars and talking about engine sizes.
Have we lost the art of proper conversation?
Seems that way...especially when we marry, have children and drift away from
former friends with whom we no longer have anything in common.
Sad but true.

L.Son...a finger playing guitarist from South Korea.
I have seen him perform on a couple of occasions
and I am always in awe of his playing style.

If you can't pick it, beat it.
Strumming and playing on all the surfaces of the guitar body,
makes him sound like (his words)
"A one man band".

I have never seen a shark as a capo...
but now I have!
Many thanks to all the performers as well as Andy
 for putting such an awesome line up together.
The September event will be on Wednesday, 27th at marks Park.
Usually kicks off at around 19h30ish.

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