Sensitive and breathy songs

2012-10-19 00:00

NIBS van der Spuy and Minor Adjustments will be performing at Maritzburg Musicians’ Club next Tuesday.

Van der Spuy is an acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, whose virtuosic acoustic guitar style and a whispering voice have attracted a widespread following for its intelligent folk, world and African overtones.

His 2008 offering, A Bird In Hand, received accolades and five stars from across the globe.

Germany’s Jazzthetic publication cited it as a future classic of the folk genre while Britain’s Guardian newspaper praised Van der Spuy for producing the most sensitive and breathy songs and instrumentals on the continent.

A House Across The River was released in April 2010 in South Africa, with international releases following in September of the same year. On its release, Van der Spuy had a full page article in one of France’s newspapers, Liberation, and won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Most recently, Keith Tamkei from the Sunday Times gave the album a five-star review.

This year Van der Spuy collaborated with his old friend, and former student and finger style virtuoso, Guy Buttery.

They recorded In the shade of the wild fig, with extensive touring in South Africa and Europe.

They are set to release a live DVD featuring a performance with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Minor Adjustments is a group of four amateurs who meet in a garage once a week and make music for fun. The group is relatively new and has no track record, other than a recent performance at the Captain’s Concert for Barry Meintjies.

They play mostly covers, but Warren Shone has written some songs, which they perform as well.

The group consists of Shone (vocals, guitar and bass), Ron Gevers (percussion), Eugene Kroukam (guitar and bass) and Heiko Bron (Uke and harmonica).

The concert takes place at the Red Door in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets cost R30 and the evening starts at 8 pm.

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