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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


(Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin)

Tonight (September 16), The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present acclaimed South African guitarist and songwriter, Nibs van der Spuy and exceptional West Country duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin at Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. This concert is a part of the Centre’s “Twosday” series.

Nibs van der Spuy made his first profiled performances 25 years ago. From his humble beginnings at the Durban Folk Club to international stages, it has culminated in the newly released, deluxe (2CD) anthology album Crossing Borders, Driving North.

His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following. He has been nominated seven times at the South African Music awards, performed with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and shared stages across the world with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal, Kelly Joe Phelps and Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 2012, Nibs recorded the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.

Exceptional West Country duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have proved they are in a league of their own after clinching the coveted Best Duo 2014 title at the 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year.

Announcing the win Steve Knightley said: “This duo have brought something quite original to the genre with their haunting mixture of English, Irish, Indian and Celtic textures. It’s taken them from busking on Sidmouth seafront to playing with us here at the Royal Albert Hall in two short years.”

Sometimes mournful, often haunting and always compelling, each Henry and Martin song is a fresh journey of discovery – twisting, curling melodies and eclectic rhythms wrapping themselves around perceptive lyrics.

The concert takes place tonight (September 16) at the Centre for Jazz on the UKZN Howard College Campus - Level 2, Shepstone Building. Doors open at 17h30 and music starts at 18h00. Entry fee R40 (R20 pensioners and R15students). More information from Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email

Crossing Borders, Driving North is available on CD and digital download at and on iTunes and will be available at the concert.

See Phil and Hannah perform The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn at