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Sunday, April 4, 2021


(Above: Trevor Donjeany, Mali Sewell, Dawn Selby & Barry Thomson)

The Traveling Wilburys happened by coincidence. It was never planned.

Over dinner with Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, George Harrison asked Jeff for his help to get a song together for his Cloud Nine solo album. Roy said he would like to come along and watch. They called Bob Dylan and asked if they could record in his garage studio. George went to fetch his guitar from Tom Petty who asked if he could also come along to the session. George wrote a little part for Roy to sing and thought he may as well involve Bob, Tom and Jeff. Trying to think of a song title, George saw a box in the studio and it was marked ‘Handle With Care’ which inspired the title and lyrics for the song.

George thought that if they only took one day to record the song, all they needed was nine days to record an album. With huge international success, their first album was released in October 1988 selling over five million copies. Five guys with star stature in their own rights enjoyed an ego free collaboration. Everybody sang, everybody wrote, everybody produced and had great fun doing so.

Join Barry Thomson & The Reals as they pay tribute to the Traveling Wilburys at Rhumbelow Theatre from April 9 to 18, 2021. The group comprises Barry Thomson on guitar and vocals, Dawn Selby as Musical Director on keyboards and vocals, Mali Sewell on drums and vocals, Trevor Donjeany on bass and vocals with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt.

In the repertoire will be hit songs by the supergroup Traveling Wilburys, including Handle With Care, End Of The Line and She’s My Baby. The show also features the individual talents of each band member Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra), George Harrison (The Beatles), Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. .

The Travelling Wilburys has performances from April 9 to 18 with shows at 19h30 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 14h00 on Sundays. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

“Whilst we are not changing our 2020 pricing, we would ask that if you are able to please assist us and the performers by donating a higher ticket price,” says Rhumbelow Theatre’s director, Roland Stansell.

Tickets R160. With the current Covid levels, capacity is limited to 50 people max. Booking is essential on email: or via Computicket

All seating will be at separate tables and the management will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members.

Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Durban. Limited secure parking is available and there is a cash bar (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Kevin.

All Covid-19 protocols will be observed.

For more information contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or visit