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Friday, June 17, 2016


(Barry Thomson)

Back by popular demand with his show Up Close and Personal, guitar maestro Barry Thomson takes to the stage in Pietermaritzburg at the Allan Wilson Shellhole in an “un-plugged” salute to artists who have had a direct influence on his life – musically and personally.

Barry says “It’s a gentle, intimate show. I have chosen songs that are instantly recognizable hits and some that are not … but they all have musical or lyrical worth. The audience, hopefully, gets a chance to know a little more about me other than seeing me as an all-out rock guitarist.”

Barry’s musical menu includes many of the songs from his CD. It features the gentler side of artists like Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, The Eagles, Neil Diamond and Jethro Tull. There is also a tribute to the Sugar Man – Rodriguez. The show also features some of Barry’s original songs including Take It in My Stride and Walk a Mile.

“It’s not a show really. It’s about me and a bunch of people sharing an afternoon/evening of good music together. And that’s the word. Together”.

There will be two performances on June 19 – 14h00 and 18h30 – at the Allan Wilson Shellhole at 5 Durban Road in Pietermaritzburg.

Tickets R140 (R120 tables of 8 or more and pensioners). Bring food picnic baskets. A bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises) and there is limited secure parking. (The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner)

Booking is essential through Computicket or Roland on 082 499 8636, email : or