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Sunday, August 9, 2015


(Gloucester Blues Project)

The Maritzburg Musician's Club is back in action after a winter break with the news that the Folk Club will be held at the new La Casa - a beautiful, clean venue situated in the same position as The Red Door that will be sure to put Pietermaritzburg on the map for live music!

Kickstarting the beginning of a prosperous future will be none other than the much-loved cover-band The Bifocals and locally-renowned Gloucester Blues Project from Durban.

The six-piece Bifocals perform music of the‘60’s and 70’s and comprises a “mixed bag of middle-aged lawyers, teachers and engineers” put together and led by Ant Jenkins, who focus on the harmonies and tight renditions of this timeless era. Given the ages, they all require bifocal specs to read their music and interact with their audiences - hence the name of the band! They have entertained patrons at various music Festivals and private functions for a number of years.

With a sound that is deeply rooted in traditional blues melodies and infused with contemporary rock and roll flair, The Gloucester Blues Project plays regularly in KZN and has enjoyed performing with the likes of Dan Patlansky, Southern Gypsey Queen and Josie Field. The band has appeared at major South African festivals including the Splashy Fen Music Festival, the International Blues Festival in Durban, the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg and a tour to Maun in Botswana entitled the Rockavango Blues Tour as well as taking to the stage in a host of smaller music venues across the province.

Experienced musical siblings Andrew and Ian Dickinson, on guitar and drums respectively, are joined by rhythm guitarist and vocalist John Goodall and bassist Mark McTaggart. The group has just completed their first album - Blackridge Sessions – a self-produced record that showcases the band’s years in the rehearsal room and on stages across South Africa.

The Bifocals and Gloucester Blues Project appear on August 11 at 20h00. The R40 entrance fee goes straight to the musicians. The home of the Maritzburg Musicians Club, La Casa (formerly The Red Door) is situated in Quarry Rd, off Victoria Road, in Pietermaritzburg. Car guards on duty. More information from Roger O’Neill on 083 230 6562