On Tuesday (February 28), the Maritzburg Musicians Club will host the skilled musos of The Gloucester Blues Project who have 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 Gloucester Blues Project plays regularly in KwaZulu-Natal and has performed with the likes of Dan Patlansky, Southern Gypsey Queen and Josie Field. The band has represented the blues 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.
From renditions of blues standards to more unclassifiable originals, the band’s emotionally charged lyrics and poignant compositions appeal to a wide-ranging audience. They draw influence from a multitude of musicians including early blues pioneers like Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, electric guitar gods Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, and more rock-based outfits like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.
The group comprises musical siblings Andrew and Ian Dickinson; songwriter, rhythm guitarist and vocalist John Goodall, and bassist Mark McTaggart.
Musical nomad Joel Karabo Elliott will also grace PMB with his travelling band Roots Grown Deep, who use their music and friendly acceptance to spread the consciousness of protecting Mother Nature. Roots Grown Deep’s 2016 double album entitled Grow Within And You Shall Not Go Without, connects the landscapes of three rivers: the Limpopo of Southern Africa, the Colorado of the Grand Canyon, and the Bluefields of Jamaica. Grow Within features the musical voices of more than 20 South African and American artists, including Msaki, Nono Nkoane, Naftali, Nkoto Malebye and Stompie Selibe. Both albums of the Grow Within musical novel will be available for sale at the concert (R200 and R100 respectively).
The performance takes place on February 28 at La Casa. Doors open at 19h00 and entrance is R50 (all the money from the door goes to the bands). The home of the Maritzburg Musicians Club, La Casa (formerly The Red Door) is situated in Quarry Road, off Victoria Road, in Pietermaritzburg. Car guards on duty. More information from Roger O’Neill on 083 230 6562