Outdoor midlands music

2010-07-30 00:00

ON the afternoon of August 8, the picturesque Swissland Cheese hosts a stellar line-up of some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most prolific musicians. Tickets are R70, and the format is a picnic lunch on the lawn, with cheese, wine and boerewors on sale.

The line-up includes three Durban acts — John Ellis, Shannon Conolly and Rob Warren.

A seasoned singer-songwriter with a long career in the local and international music industry, ­Ellis is currently going through a rebirth of identity on the music scene with his new album Come Out Fighting.

Ellis continues to win over audiences with his high-energy guitar-driven rock, classic songwriting and natural showmanship, always providing an exciting live-music experience.

Conolly cut her teeth as one half of the Pretoria-based acoustic duo ­Syrens at the tender age of 16. In 2004, Syrens disbanded and Conolly went to Europe where she tested the waters in London, busked the chilly streets of Galway, Ireland and spent two summers playing on the picturesque Greek island of Ios. Returning to her home town of Durban in 2006, Conolly immersed herself in the ­local music scene.

Experimenting with different sounds for her original material, the result is an eclectic blend of folk, blues and country glistening with Conolly’s sometimes quirky insights into life and the world around her. She ­released her debut EP, titled Little Seed in early 2009, featuring four original acoustic songs and one cover. She hopes to record a full-length ­album within the next year.

Warren is a familiar figure in the KZN music scene, having fronted the rock trio Thirty Three for the past decade as well as performing in various shows and collaborations. The red-haired Warren, who also appeared in a previous season of M-Net’s Idols where he made the top 20, is a real treat in the live context and completes a stellar afternoon line-up.

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