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Monday, October 7, 2019


(Left: Jill Murraybrown)

The Jill Murraybrown It's All About The Bass Benefit Show on October 13 at The German Club in Westville will open their doors at 13h00 and the organisers assure patrons that it won't be just "all about the bass". They have included quite a lot of "treble" as well!

The programme includes singer/songwriter Beverley MacGregor on keys kicking off at 14h00 with a few of her extraordinary originals setting the stage for Martin Sigamoney & Friends with Martin on sax, Mark Royeppen on keys, Lenski Alfred on bass and Alwyn John Singh on drums.

(Right: Miriam Erasmus. Photo by Peter Turner)

Durban’s First Lady of Folk, Miriam Erasmus on acoustic guitar will then play a short tribute to Jilly.

This will be followed by the entertaining The Blue Suedes lead by Doug Weich on vocals, backed by Calli Housdon Thomson on keys, Jill Murraybrown on bass, Alec Mackay on drums, David Knott on guitar, Kirsty van der Linde on sax and Sandi Da Cunha on backing vocals.

Durban arts personality and artSMart editor, Caroline Smart, will talk about some of her fun television experiences with Jill Murraybrown.

The Tiffany Sheppard Band including Neil Ford on bass, Mark Swanepoel, drums and Graham Ellis on guitar will take the stage.

(Left: Melvin Peters)

Up next will be The Melvin Peters Quartet backed by Philani Ngidi (bass), Bruce Baker (drums) and Jeff Robertson (saxophone). They will be followed by Calli Housdon Thomson of Saxodelic with a short set featuring Marion Loudon on vocals and Kirsty van der Linde on sax.

The show closes with East Coast Basement Blues Band led by guitar maestro Keith Fordyce and backed by Adrian Wilson, drums, Ronnie McNamara on bass, Beverley Heath on upfront vocals and a possible guest appearance by Barry Thomson of The Reals on electric guitar.

Six hours of "a little bit of something for everyone".

Thanks to main sponsors Brett Kingsland of Kingston Sound for the PA system and backline equipment, sound engineer Bruce Eales, and Shelley Charmaine Venter for The German Club venue. Also Maria Carrasco of The Hair Bar, Jason JS Roberts of Jack Salmon Fish House, Magda Sharp of Nails By Magda, Karen Jorgensen of Sibiya Rockwood Theatre, Chantal of Hakuna Matata Charters, Janice Beneke of Pink Drive, a R500 cash raffle voucher from Richard Roberts, Senta Tapson, Sandy Roberts and Hilda Frank for working the door, and Don Clarke of Monkeyshine Music for endorsing this event.

Richard Roberts, who is among the organisers of the event, adds his thanks: “More especially, a huge shout out to all these world-class musicians for donating their valuable time and legendary talent.”

Entrance R100 pp. Great food on sale - cash bar - fun raffles and auctions. For best seat bookings call The German Club on 031 266 0836.