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Monday, April 22, 2013


The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway will see local blues legend Dan Patlansky launch his brand-new acoustic album, Wooden Thoughts, at the venue this evening. (April 22).

Dan Patlansky has been described as a “conglomerate of charisma, charm and musical genius” and he’s back with his first acoustic album Wooden Thoughts. This album follows 20 Stones, released to critical acclaim last year, and is rooted in the blues with influences of country, bluegrass, world music and traditional Indian melodies.

It’s an album that Patlansky has aspired to do for a long time. “I’ve always wanted to do an acoustic album but finally decided to do it following my successful unplugged tour last year. I realised there was a demand for it. As a musician, it allows you to play something different and it is less flashy. It also lends itself to a wide range of genres that allowed me to stretch myself,” he explains.

On Wooden Thoughts, Patlansky sings and plays acoustic guitar, slide guitar, Dobro and the mandolin. He is joined by Clint Falconer on bass and Andy Maritz on Cajon. Wendy Oldfield does backing vocals on the track Miss Oowee as well as on The Weight.

Patlansky, who produced the album himself, is delighted that it was recorded in the Knysna forest by Howard Butcher – a specialist recorder who has produced among others Guy Buttery, Steve Newman and Nibs van der Spuy.

The show will start at 20h00. Tickets R120 pp. For bookings and enquiries phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045, e-mail, or visit and for more information.