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Saturday, July 1, 2023


Well-known musician David Marks will be featured in Mondays at St Clements programme on July 3, 2023.

Pieter Scholtz and friends invite music lovers to this special St Clem RAP* (as in rhythm & poetry). The legendary David Marks will bring his guitar, his mouth harp and himself and continue, as promised, where he left off when he kicked off the 2023 Monday soiree series. Same as last time, given his iconic status as a singer-songwriter, musician and storyteller, expect to be entertained, delighted and surprised (even as he surprises himself).

*RAP as in rhythm & poetry... “not the digitally driven zeroes ’n ones variety…” — David Marks

Same as last time, when he gave us “David ‘Groucho’ Marks without the X: The Strange World of **Master Jack”, he will “pull in, plug in ‘n play — an interactive set” with a few earlier and maybe some new songs. There will be some tall tales and some tunes.

“Remember,” he says, “I am your typical garden variety ‘Folk Singer’ — not a vocal gymnast — and because my songs are simple poems, as such I set them to a touch of guitar picking.

Also, for my dear elder friends in search of ‘the good old daze’, I don't live in the past. I just do enjoy working there. (It's good to be here in the now!)”

David Marks will likely “rap up the past in 4 or 5 chords”, as in more tales from his days working underground on the Free State gold mines. Then on to “my Hidden Years, as the Present”. Time frame “1963 to the present”.

Backgrounder to The Hidden Years: David Marks, South African-born songwriter, singer, producer and music archivist, has gathered an impressive collection of materials documenting South African music from the mid-1960s to the early 2000s. In 1990 he launched The HYMAP (Hidden Years Music Archive Project) and in 2013 donated his documentation to the Documents Centre for Music at the University of Stellenbosch.

Entry is free but when the donations box is passed around, a minimum of R50 per person is suggested.

The event will hopefully be outdoors. Weather permitting.

Bookings limited to diners in support of St Clements restaurant and staff. (They stay open specially for these events.)

Be there in time to order before the performance, scheduled to start at 18h00.

Please cancel if you book then can’t make it, as they often close booking due to space constraints.

Table Bookings Essential: RSVP St Clements 031 202 2511

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays @ Six run between 18h00 and 19h00.