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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


(Marvin Nethononda)

Bonfire Hearts - a moving tribute to acoustic, unplugged and Celtic rock - takes to The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway’s stage from July 21 to August 23.

It promises a spectacular show of beauty, power, emotion, rhythm and harmony. The talented 10-piece cast of musicians and singers represent some of the greatest sounds and voices, starting with evergreen hits from the 60’s and 70’s from the likes of The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash. Audiences can expect to sing along to modern day acoustic legends such as Mumford & Son, The Lumineers, James Blunt, Bruno Mars, Avicci, American Authors; and South Africa’s own home grown acoustic music from artists such as Johnny Clegg and Mathew Mole. Women in acoustic rock are also featured with tributes to Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, Carol King, and Taylor Swift.

Bonfire Hearts features all-time classics such as Hotel California, Sweet Home Alabama, Sweet Caroline and The Devil Went To Georgia. The show introduces lesser-known instruments such as the banjo, the mandolin and the fiddle, in addition to the piano, and acoustic and electric guitars. Instrumental highlights include the all-time audience favourites Duelling Banjos and The Lord of the Dance.

From the beauty of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, to the heart rendering Story of My Life by One Direction, Bonfire Hearts offers musical quality; a show of beauty, power, emotion, rhythm, harmony; and mostly a show featuring music that is everlasting and will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Bonfire Hearts runs at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway from July 21 to August 23. Tickets R145 pp from Wednesday to Saturday (R110 pp every Tuesday night and R100 pp for Sunday matinees) For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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