Hairies surprise shoppers

2008-07-17 00:00

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters have been on the South African music scene for 17 years now, with their brand of profound understanding, tolerance and love.

Liberty Midlands Mall and the food court restaurateurs were given a taste of them last Sunday. A full stage and lighting was set up near the waterfall in the food court and visitors to the mall were in for a treat when the Hairies took to the stage and entertained them with great songs.

“Unabashed by convention and constraint, we found and recognised each other through a natural percolation process, which had been set in motion by the fundamental changes that were seeping into the societal and political landscapes of the time. Religion versus spirituality, politics versus power and, of course, vegetarian versus carnivore pulled us together,” said the mastermind behind the band, Brian Bedingfield.

The band members were energetic in the performance of all their songs, but they paid more attention to chanting, satire and comedy. They were downright crazy at times.

Violinist and Folk Club stalwart, Mark Schonau, encouraged everyone to clap or sing along and the crowd was more than willing to do so.

The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters are far more than a band, they are a movement, and their free show ended on a high note at sunset.

• The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters will be performing again on Sunday at the Hillside Concert in the Botanical Gardens with Magna Carta. They will also be at the Sunset Soiree on July 26 and July 27 with their Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute.

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