Crème da le crème at MMC

2010-09-17 00:00

THE Maritzburg Musicians’ Club (MMC) host the crème de la crème of singing guitarists — Craig Martens and Mike Raftery — at the Pietermaritzburg venue next week.

Martens, of the Bandits fame, has a remarkably accessible voice and sings songs that are easily recognisable. Following him on stage is Durban singer-songwriter Raftery, who has been described by folk doyenne Miriam Erasmus as “the best male voice in South Africa”.

Raftery has been performing in folk and acoustic music circles for many years, is a former chairperson of the Durban Folk Club and performed at the original Splashy Fen Music festival. His influences range from the sixties folk sounds of Simon & Garfunkel and Bob

Dylan to the acoustic songs of Jethro Tull.

He also lectures on the history of folk music of the protest movement, and his mission, both in performance and lecturing, is to expose acoustic songs to people who might not otherwise discover them.

The MMC is hosted at The Red Door from 8 pm. Entry is R20.

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