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Sunday, December 22, 2013


(Brian Finch)

One of South Africa’s most seasoned and respected musicians, Brian Finch, will showcase 40 years of song when he treats Durban audiences to one show only on December 23 at the Barnyard Theatre at Gateway.

The legendary country-rock musician, who has been performing professionally since 1968, had his first regular gigs at the old Al Fresco, the Lonsdale and Four Seasons in Durban. After performing in these Durban venues in the late 1960’s, Finch made a name for himself at the Troubadour and Nite Beat venues in Johannesburg, while also taking part in folk festivals that were enormously popular at the time. He also developed a popular professional partnership with the late Kenny E Henson - “I met Kenny in Durban in 1970, when he was performing with Lee Men Limited, and I was still doing folk gigs. We performed as Finch & Henson from 1970 until 1981 – and then got together for various concerts, right up until he passed.”

Career highs, he says, were being a support act for Richie Havens in Cape Town, meeting Cat Stevens, and having Durban’s Dave Marks believe in him enough to co-produce (with the great Mutt Lange) his first album, Bringing Back the Good Times, which was released in 1974. “That album is still in demand on sale at gigs and on iTunes.” A self-taught guitarist and harmonica player, Finch owns four guitars – a Dobro, a Fender Strat, an Ovation and a Takamine acoustic.

Home for Brian these days is Prince Albert in the Karoo, where he has built a stone house he shares with his wife of 40 years, Marion-ann. “When not travelling to gigs, we run our own home theatre and present ‘up close and personal’ concerts with dinner cooked by me,’’ he says. “We are also involved with an events venue called Mustang Sally’s in Prince Albert, and put on music concerts there. We have successfully hosted Wendy Oldfield, Tigger Reunert and Radio Kalahari Orkes Band to sold-out audiences”.

Brian is currently working on his 11th solo album, and will perform his favourites and fan favourites from his 10 albums, as well as new material. He will be appear at The Barnyard Theatre with Dan Chiorboli on percussion, Anton Cawthorn-Blazeby on violin and Wayne Coughlan on steel guitar. He has also managed to obtain his entire CD collection, spanning 40 years of music in the industry, which will be available on the night.

Tickets R100 and seating will be as for normal shows, with no standing room. The theatre will open at 18h30 and the show will start at 20h00. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit