(Eland Gray. Pic by Simon Weller)
After a year and a half of living and performing all over Europe, South Africa´s ground-breaking indie-acoustic musician Gary Thomas has returned home as Eland Gray.
Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, Eland Gray (aka Gary Thomas) was classically trained in school and later studied Jazz at University. His unique style blends rich, moody song writing with a vast array of alternative guitar techniques and precision multi- tasking.
His diverse musical background shows in his combination of fingerstyle picking, rapid virtuoso strumming and percussive playing. Singing with two microphones with varying reverb effects, he uses his voice in the orthodox manner as well as textually layering extra tones over the music. Add all of this to his wooden stomp box and violin bow playing and you have something that sounds a lot like Eland Gray.
In conjunction with the countless South African shows and festivals, the last couple of years have included sell-out runs at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, touring with Ninja Tunes artist Fink in South Africa, full endorsements from Ernie Ball and Proel and a European Tour in 2012.
After officially relocated to Spain in April 2015, Eland Gray's fifth album Minortide and the Banished Sea was released in July 2015. The 10 track album was recorded between Cape Town, South Africa and Granada, Spain. Following its release, he embarked on a full tour of Spain between September - November 2015, performing in ten cities including the MUV festival in Valencia.
Eland Gray recently completed a 20 show European tour through The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Denmark and England between May and July 2016.
He will give a concert in Durban on November 18 at 20h00 at Love Coffee, 484 Lilian Ngoyi Road,. Tickets R80 at the door. 100 Capacity, no bookings. For more information contact:084 493 2802 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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