Three guitar maestros perform

2013-05-14 00:00

NIBS van der Spuy will be joined by two old friends — Guy Buttery and Rodney Branigan — at a gig at Caversham Mill in the Midlands on May 18.

The three guitar maestros will play individual sets from 2.30 pm. Patrons can enjoy a lunch from noon, before enjoying the music in a Barnyard-style setting.

The gig is part of Van der Spuy and Branigan’s tour of KwaZulu-Natal and promotion of the Durban singer-songwriter’s new double album, Crossing Borders, Driving North, which takes a look back at what Van der Spuy considers to be his best music from 1998 to 2010.

The two-disc set also has a selection of live solo performances from his tours around Europe.

“It’s pretty much a retrospective look at what I’ve done for the past decade and a half.

“The songs, I think, are the best from my albums,” Van der Spuy said.

Fans can expect to hear gems like Counting Stars, Beautiful Feet, Anna Rosa, Felix, May You Shine and Cry For You at the Caversham gig.

There are also likely to be songs from In The Shade of the Wild Fig, the South African Music Award (Sama) nominated album that he and Buttery released last year after more than a decade of writing, recording and touring together.

They went on to perform together around South Africa, and at festivals and venues throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.

They won the prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award for best music at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

In The Shade of the Wild Fig showcased their deep love for world music and different folk movements featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tampura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.

Joining them will be Texan-raised, London-based guitarist, Branigan, who met Van der Spuy in London in 2011.

“We’ve been wanting to tour together for ages and have finally managed to organise this combined tour,” Van der Spuy said.

Branigan has an extraordinary talent.

Sometimes he plays two guitars at once, and at other times he plays the piano and guitar at the same time.

His style of acoustic wizardry lies second perhaps only to the music itself, which is heartfelt, organic-progressive folk, with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz.

Since his British debut at Hampton Court Palace in 2007, Branigan has performed alongside Jethro Tull, toured with double award-winning Show of Hands and been featured at Glastonbury, the Acoustic Festival of Britain and the Isle of Bute International Guitar Festival.

Inquiries: Clint Pavkovich at 033 940 0145, 072 125 3392, 083 777 6550 or e-mail cavers

• Van der Spuy will be performing with Rodney Branigan on May 17 at 7.30 pm, at The George in Eshowe. Tickets cost R70 at 035 474 2298 or e-mail office.eshowe@

On May 16, Branigan will be giving a workshop performance at Coastal Music, 11 Brownsdrift Road, Durban North, at 6 pm. Book at 031 573 1818 or e-mail coast

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