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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


(Just Jinjer heads the festival line-up)

The hills around Baynesfield, on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, will come alive at the end of the month with the sounds of some of the province’s favourite musicians. A music fest with a legend behind its name, Poet’s Porch Music Fest promises a day of music and stalls, fun, food and farming hospitality.

Sponsored by Illovo Sugar South Africa and hosted at the Baynesfield Farmers Club, the second Poet’s Porch festival promises non-stop entertainment for all ages, with professional and amateur performers, talented individuals and groups, food and refreshments, a variety of stalls and limited camping available by prior arrangement.

Just Jinjer, one of SA’s top selling contemporary rock groups, recently returned from eight years in California, will head the festival line-up on April 27. The group has performed and toured with U2, Counting Crows and Def Leppard. It currently comprises the gifted Ard Matthews (vocals and acoustic guitar), Brent Harris (drums and vocals) and Denholm Harding (bass and vocals).

Kicking off at 10h30 and playing until late, the line-up also includes SA Idols Top 10 performer Erin Fourie, rock group Catlike Thieves, KZN’s favourite festive music-makers The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, the Gloucester Blues Project, Angus Burns and Friends, Knights of Insanity and some of the province’s top school bands - from Kearsney College, Maritzburg College and Voortrekker.

Darrell de Wet, marketing manager of Illovo Sugar South Africa, said the Baynesfield Farmers Club was a crucial facility to the local farming community. “Illovo is proud to be associated with this well organised community-driven event, which generates valuable revenue for the club and community,” he said.

Catlike Thieves has carved out a place somewhere between old-school rock and pop, taking the rules of rock ‘n roll, and turning it on its head. They have performed at most of SA’s major music festivals (Splashy Fen, White Mountain, Oppikoppi), at the Mr Price Pro, with the Parlotones and Zebra and Giraffe. They will entertain from 19h00.

Popular for more than a decade, Idols 2011 Top 10 contestant Erin Fourie has returned to her roots, performing acoustic folk whilst studying for her Master’s degree in Drama. She will take the stage at 17h00 whilst Angus Burns and Friends promise to entertain with their inimitable style of acoustic Celtic rock.

From renditions of blues standards to more unclassifiable originals, the Gloucester Blues’s emotionally charged lyrics and poignant compositions appeal to a wide-ranging audience. They have performed at Splashy Fen and the International Blues Festival in Durban, as well as with Dan Patlansky, Southern Gypsey Queen and Josie Field – and will perform at Poet’s Porch from 16h00.

Knights of Insanity, a fresh young band which won last year’s Battle of the Bands at the Kearsney College Upbeat Festival, promises to rock the stage with their amalgamation of original rock and blues. Also on the programme are folk artists Los Locos and Tyler & Pierre, Minor Adjustments playing popular ‘oldies’, blue grass specialists The Bandits with covers performed by Bifocals.

Take a blanket and chair, and enjoy a day of warm farming hospitality. The Baynesfield community will prove their organisational talents extend beyond ripening sugar cane, reaping cabbages, fattening pigs and logging timber. Sponsors Illovo Sugar will have a stall selling their delicious and sought-after pancakes; together with many other food and refreshment outlets.

Tickets R100 on-line or R120 at the gate (scholars R60 or R80 with under 12’s free) Camping is R30 pp. For further information and programme details or call 072 763 3673 or visit