Nibs’s patch of paradise

2014-09-12 00:00

NIBS van der Spuy has acquired a little “patch of paradise” in Portugal, from where he plans to travel and perform in Europe.

But his decision to base himself near Lisbon doesn’t mean he’s deserting his army of local fans. In fact, he’s travelling around the province this month performing solo and with British folk duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The two musicians won the best duo 2014 title at the 15th BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year thanks to their “haunting mixture of English, Irish, Indian and Celtic textures”.

Talking about his decision to put down roots in Portugal, Van der Spuy says: “I always wanted to buy a place somewhere … I would have loved to have a flat in Paris but it’s too expensive. I thought about the south of France because I’ve played a lot of gigs there; and I thought that Italy would be lovely too.

“Then I went to visit my sister in Portugal and just fell in love with the country all over again. The weather is great, the cost of living is good and my place is near the airport. I can just lock it up and go.” Van der Spuy has a massive fanbase in France and it was that knowledge that helped him decide to relocate to Europe.

“I love KZN,” he says, “but for what I do, there is just so much more happening in Europe … I’ve been doing more and more work there. But, that doesn’t mean I won’t be coming home. I will be back and will come and play.” Van der Spuy is currently working on a new album and says he hasn’t ruled out recording something with Henry and Martin. “I’m writing like crazy,” he says. “My last album was kind of a way of closing a chapter on my life. Moving abroad is a new start, a new direction. It’s exciting.”

• September 16: Nibs van der Spuy and folk duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, perform at the Popular Music (CJPM) on Level 2, Shepstone Building, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus in Durban at 6 pm. Doors open at 5.30 pm. Entry is R40 (pensioners R20 and students R15).

Inquiries: Thuli at 031 260 3385

• September 17: A special one-off guitar workshop and performance with Phillip Henry (featuring Hannah Martin and Nibs van der Spuy) at TOMS Music, 11 Browns Drift Road, Durban. Bookings: 031 573 1818 or e-mail

• September 19: Nibs van der Spuy and folk duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, perform at Alliance Francaise, 22 Sutton Crescent, Durban at 7.30 pm. Tickets R120 (R100 members). Bookings: 031 312 9582.

• September 20: Nibs van der Spuy performs at Bellevue Cafe, Kloof, at 7 pm for 8 pm.

Tickets R300, which includes the show and a three course meal. Booking essential at 031 717 2780.


NIBS van der Spuy is performing at Caversham Mill Restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands tonight and tomorrow lunch time.

Also on the bill are Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, an award-winning folk duo from the West Country in the United Kingdom. Tickets for the show are R120 and dinner is available from the al a carte menu at the restaurant. Dinner will be served from 6 pm tonight with the show at 8.30 pm. Please note: there is no show-only option.

Tickets for tomorrow’s concert are also R120. Lunch is available on the al a carte menu. Lunch will be served from 11.30 am with the show at 2 pm. There are no show only tickets. To book call 033 234 4524 or e-mail:

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