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Thursday, October 4, 2012


(Gary McKenzie, Grant Bell & John Didlick)

Remember the good old days of ... ”Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and....”

The Gee Jays (Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell) have compiled their brand new show Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se’ as a tribute to the number one hit songs of the seventies that we all remember, from a South African perspective, with fondness. Which “tune” did you like.? Cos they’re gonna “tune” you!

The line-up, together with the usual madcap antics of The Gee Jays promise to have audiences rolling in the aisles as well as remembering what they were doing when these discs were being spun, back in the day.

“If these songs take you back ... Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon and I Can See Clearly Now, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Rhinestone Cowboy, Let Your Love Flow and Have You Ever Seen the Rain jog a fond memory for you (or your kids), then this show is for you. They are all the tunes we have a soft spot for – even if we never admit it!” says Gary McKenzie.

The line-up includes songs by great 70’s artists like Johnny Nash, Albert Hammond, Paul McCartney and Wings and, of course, The Village People as well as The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Bellamy Brothers and Cliff Richards, and the great Neil Diamond. Not to mention some of the many top South African bands who made it big in the 70’s, like The Bats, Clout, Charisma, The Dealians and Jeremy Taylor.

The Gee Jays are backed by some very talented musos in Andy Turrell (guitar), Jill Murraybrown (bass), Francois Hardy (drums) and is musically directed by Calli Thomson on keyboards.

“It’s an evening of pure South African nostalgia not to be missed,” adds McKenzie. ”Oh yes and... Bring your laughing tackle.. Ek se’…”

Don’t Tune Me – Ek Se’ runs at The Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest from October 9 to November 11. Tickets R195 pp Wednesday to Saturdays (R165 pp Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtime.) All prices include Heritage Theatre’s excellent two-course meal. (Lamb shanks are also back on the menu at a slightly extra cost). A non-dining “show only” option is also offered at R120 pp. Bookings on 031 765 4197 or online at