Lepak’s final SA show

2011-09-16 00:00

FOLK songstress Jaspar Lepak teams up with poetic pop artist Rowan Stuart to give her final ­KwaZulu-Natal performances.

On Monday night, they will be performing at Gateway’s Barnyard Theatre, and on September 23, Lepak and Stuart will take to the stage at Chris Duigan’s Music Revival evening at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone.

After nearly two years of sharing her songs with audiences across KZN, Lepak is headed back to her home in Minnesota, United States — but not before performing a final ­celebratory show with one of her ­favourite KZN songwriters.

Since her temporary move to Durban in the spring of 2009, Lepak has been captivating audiences across KZN with a remarkable gift for melody that is only surpassed by her poetry.

Playful, intimate, heartfelt, and intense, Lepak’s lyrics expose a brave vulnerability as well as an art for storytelling, while her clear, strong voice penetrates the heart.

Accompanied by her husband Kale Lepak on accordion, Bryan Eaton on banjo, Sean Ross on bass, and Richard Haslop on dobro and mandolin, this clever nightingale’s boot-tapping, soul-stirring, ­acoustic-guitar-driven musings will draw your heart out onto your sleeve and make you want to keep it there.

Stuart has been impressing KZN audiences for years, and while he is no stranger to the Barnyard’s stage as a session guitarist, this is the first time he will be bringing his original music. He is excited to share both new material and old ­favourites such as Late Starter, Miles Away and She’s Music, which have all received radio play across South Africa.

Critics have described Stuart’s music as “a sound in a class of its own — soaring, lyrical vocals underpinned by virtuoso guitar work,” and with this year marking a shift toward more stripped-down live performances, Stuart is taking the lyrics and essence of the song even more to the fore.

Lepak and Stuart have been performing shows together since the beginning of 2011, and while their styles range from old-time country to pop rock, their commitment to the song is what makes their dual performances engaging, meaningful, and entertaining events. Their collaboration is a delight for all audiences. — Gig Guide Reporter


• Monday: Jaspar Lepak and Rowan Stuart at the Gateway’s Barnyard Theatre: Tickets are R100. To book, phone 031 566 3045 or e-mail gateway @barnyardtheatres.co.za


• September 23: Jaspar Lepak and Rowan Stuart at 7.30 pm at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets are R100, which includes soup, crusty breads and gluhwein. Take your own wine. To book, phone Music Revival at 033 342 3051 or e-mail booking @musicrevival.co.za

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