Barry Thompson at Heritage Theatre

2010-10-08 00:00

DURBAN guitarist Barry Thomson returns to the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest with his hit show A Taste of Thomson 4. Fresh from the White Mountain Folk Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival, Thomson will perform at the venue until October 17.

Said producer Gary McKenzie: “This is the fourth year that Barry has staged his ‘rock favourites’ tribute show. It was sold out in April and the demand was so great that we had to stage a re-run. A short two-week season will give all those who missed the show another chance to catch it.”

During the show Thomson will pay tribute to artists like Procal Harem, Mark Knopfler, Jethro Tull, The Eagles, Grand Funk Railroad, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn. There is also an acoustic segment featuring some of his original songs including Take It in My Stride and the haunting Walk a Mile.

It’s an intimate show,” says Thomson. “I have chosen songs that are instantly recognisable hits and some that are not … but they all have musical or lyrical worth. The audience, hopefully, gets a chance to know a little more about me.”

Joining him on stage are Heritage band musical director Dawn Selby (keyboards, Hammond organ and vocals), Mali Sewell (drums) and Jason Andrew (bass guitar). And in keeping with Thomson’s quest to introduce new young talent, Westville Boy’s High matric pupil Jason Bottomley will be paying tribute to Joe Satriani, John Mayer and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R165 Tuesday dinner (7 pm) and Sunday lunch (12.30 pm) and R190 Wednesday to Saturday (7 pm). Phone 031 765 4197 to book.

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