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Thursday, November 4, 2021


(Above: Rowan Stuart)

Arguably the KZN Midlands’ best-loved music venue, Music in The Hills (MiTH) is an opportunity for beginners, professionals, and passionate music fans to share the joy of music at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.

South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Rowan Stuart returns to the MiTH stage on November 10, 2021. With an Alternative Folk sound that recalls Sting’s imagination, James Blunt’s honesty and John Mayer’s command of the electric and acoustic guitar, Stuart has steadily built a reputation as a captivating storyteller and an accomplished musician.

The Durbanite began playing guitar at the age of 11 – a naturally creative child; he fell in love with the instrument and the magic of song-writing as a doorway to the worlds of his imagination. He soon became a sought-after session musician in theatre shows around South Africa, before taking a leap of faith and stepping into the spotlight as a lead vocalist and front-man, with the release of his first solo album A Thousand Brand New Places in 2008. Since then, he has toured South Africa regularly, and his music has received heavy rotation on major radio stations countrywide, most notably with singles Survivors, Silver Balloon, and The Kingdom Of Leaves. Stuart will appear at 21h00.

Performing at 20h00 will be The Name on the Drum. This is an alternative rock, folk and indie band that focuses on playing original music but they also insert a variety of covers into their live shows. Ranging their sound from full electric to simple acoustics, The Name On The Drum uses all the tools at their disposal to create a unique blend of honest, thought provoking song-writing with absorbing musical performances.

With influences that include, Rise Against, Bob Dylan, Frightened Rabbit, The National, Angus & Julia Stone and Gregory Alan Isakov, their song writing also creates awareness of current world issues. Current performing members are brothers Ben and Nat Bruzas who, in July 2019, released their independently recorded and produced second EP Souvenirs.

Starting off the evening at 19h00 will be Rhiannon Reid. Well known to MiTH from performing with the Reid Family Band, he is a local musician and now a published author. Previously a student of Kech Sanchez and a singer in the Howick High School band, she has honed her skills over the years on guitar and vocals. For this event she will be accompanied by her father, Vince, who has had an interest in music from a young age and is mainly self-taught. He plays keyboard, guitar and, recently, tin whistle.

MiTH takes place every second Wednesday at The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Knoll Drive, Hilton.

This next event takes place on November, 10th, 2021. Doors open at 18h00 and the music starts at 19h00. Entrance is R50 cash or zapper at the door. Bring your own drinks. Food and soft drinks are available for sale. For more information contact 082 331 7271.


Directions To Mith: Take the N3 to Hilton, take the Hilton turnoff and go South into the Village (away from Hilton College). Travel 5,2km along Hilton Avenue (past two sets of traffic lights and Crossways Pub) and keep going straight as Hilton Avenue turns into Dennis Shepstone Drive. At the 5,2km mark, Knoll Drive will be on your right – the entrance to MiTH is the *second* entrance on your left into The Knoll Historic Guest Farm.