Bluesy bar-stool ballads

2010-11-26 00:00

NEXT Tuesday is the final Maritzburg Musicians Club meeting for 2010. “It’s been a memorable year with plenty to keep the country entertained and, once again, another year of fantastic music at The Maritzburg Musicians Club and the Red Door,” say the organisers, who promise to continue 2011 with more stellar acts. “We will begin 2011 in mid-January with, once again, a fine line-up of some of our most talented musicians. We will keep you posted.”

As a special treat, and back by very popular demand, the MMC features the South Jersey Pom-Poms, a band which has been one of the MMC favourites over the last couple of years.

The band was born in early 2006, when guitarist Jochen Zeller teamed up with vocalist Eva Jackson and bassist Ben Murrell to play some of Jochen’s songs. In October 2006, Grant Emmerich joined the trio, and the four quickly built up a set, consisting mostly of their own material (including tunes in French, Italian and German). Their compositions — written by Jochen, with Eva contributing some of the lyrics — have been described as laid-back, bluesy bar-stool ballads from forgotten decades, “pavement café ruminations on lost love and longing combined with playfulness in musical arrangement” (Niren Tolsi in the Mail & Guardian). They released their first CD in January 2008 and played at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July 2008. In January 2009, Ben moved to Cape Town and had to leave the band. He was replaced by Sean Stewart. The Pom-Poms are currently working on their second album.

The support act will be newcomers with a Latino sound, “Los Amigos De Jesus”, featuring Alonso Jesus and Nirvernie Elder on panpipes, chirango and guitar.

Entry is R20 and the evening takes place at the Red Door.

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