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Thursday, February 21, 2013


(Steve Newman)

Coming up in the Maritzburg Musician’s Club at the Red Door in Pietermaritzburg next week will be Steve Newman, Matt Woosey and Peter Tennant.

Needing very little introduction to music lovers, Steve Newman is an accomplished South African acoustic guitarist, and was a founder member of the popular African group Tananas. For 30 years, he has been collaborating with fellow South African guitarist, Tony Cox. Steve has played at music festivals on most continents and is one of the most uniquely gifted guitarists to come out of South Africa.

Matt Woosey is a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter currently on tour from the UK. During the last eight years, Matt has toured the UK and Europe non-stop, cementing his reputation as one of the hardest working musicians around. Matt is a young contemporary blues artists from the West Midlands, UK, who combines an explosive slap-and-pick right-hand guitar technique with big-range blues vocals. Following his success at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, Matt was interviewed by Sky News and appeared on TV in the Netherlands. He has played some of the largest blues festivals in Belgium, France and Holland.

Supporting the likes of Gerry Macavoy (Rory Gallagher), Mark Flannigan (Jools Holland) and Jan Akkerman (Focus), Matt has steadily built up a following which he hopes to capitalise on for the launch of his recently-released new album, On the Waggon. Matt will be performing solo and will play material spanning his first albums, including On The Waggon.

Getting the evening off to a vibey start will be guitarist Peter Tennant who has been a staunch supporter of music in Pietermaritzburg. Classic and Flamenco styles are his forte.

The performance takes place at The Red Door on February 26 at 20h00. Door charge will be R50. The home of the Maritzburg Musicians Club, The Red Door is situated in Quarry Rd, off Victoria Road, in Pietermaritzburg. Car guards on duty. More information from Roger O’Neill on 083 230 6562.