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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


(Pic: Ryan Calder)

The Ryan Calder Band in at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg.

Ryan Calder's debut album Better Days released in 2005 received high praise from fans and critics for its optimistic, positive lyrics, catchy melodies and quality of musicianship. It's the trademark of musician who believes that music should leave an audience feeling encouraged and upbeat about the state of the world.

It is in this spirit that the Ryan Calder Band presents The Better Days Show - a multimedia production which combines big screen images and animation with an energetic live performance. "The current economic and political climate puts a constant dampener on the general South African mood," says Calder. "But we think the best medicine is some good original music combined with a few laughs."

Having performed around the country as the Ryan Calder Band over the past two years, Calder brings this new show to the Hexagon Theatre accompanied by Rudi Engelbrecht on drums, Roberto Hemmero on bass, Jon Calder on piano and Tammy Calder on vocals. The band will be performing hits off the album including I'm Alright, Chin Up Young Heart and Better Days, as well as some new songs, with the occasional nod to the likes of Ben E. King, Chuck Berry and Cole Porter.

The Better Days Show takes place on March 13 and 14 from 19h30 in the Dive venue at the Hexagon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus. Tickets R40 (R30 pp for bookings of 10 or more). Take your own picnic supper. Bookings at 033 260 5537 or e-mail Secure parking is available off Golf Road.

Visit to catch the regular blog updates on the band's preparations for the show.