Line-up of Durban’s finest

2009-10-16 00:00

TOMORROW night, three Durban artists arrive at Cliffy’s in Lincoln Meade. The line-up includes Shannon Hope, Roly Struckmeyer and Dave McMillan.

Hope is a South African, ­piano- based vocal artist who writes her own version of art pop. In the first six months of launching her solo career, Hope recorded and ­released her ­debut solo album titled S T I L L, gained playlisting on radio stations across the country, and embarked on national promotional tours, performing on some of the country’s premier music platforms with some of its most popular artists including Prime Circle, John Ellis (Tree63), Josie Field and Plush. Her extensive musical journey has seen her grace The Barnyard Theatre, Splashy Fen Festival, Woodstock SA, White Mountain Folk Festival, ­Oppikoppi, Music at the Lake, as well as The Metro Theatre in Chicago.

Struckmeyer will be familiar to audiences through festivals and his stints at the ­Stagecoach pub. Having been a fixture on the KwaZulu-Natal music scene since the late eighties, the ­Pietermaritzburg-born acoustic guitarist and vocalist started playing the guitar at the age of seven. His ­music career began when he returned from England in 1989 to form a band known as House On The Hill. During his career as a performer, he has toured and performed with names such as Wonderboom and Landscape Prayers. He has also been a member of some of South Africa’s top bands including Butternut, ­Arapaho, Deluxe, the Farryl Purkiss Band and Perez to name a few. His debut solo album About Time is now available at his shows or at the ­Corner Cafe on the Berea, Durban.

McMillan is a Durban-based musician who has been involved in the South African music scene for as long as he can remember. He has shared the stage and studio with some of South Africa’s finest bands and solo artists including Farryl Purkiss, Matt Wilkinson and Nibs van der Spuy. His influences include the above-mentioned names, as well as Neil Young, The Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, The Strokes and any other artist with an affinity to writing soulful music. His debut solo album, Trying To Find ­Rewind, will soon be available for free download on his official website

• Cliffy’s is situated at 117 Grimthorpe ­Avenue in Lincoln Meade. The evening starts at 8 pm and entrance is R30. Inquiries: 033 396 6710.

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