A WELCOME addition to the “Midlands experience” will be the launch of Balgowan Brewery on Saturday, 13 August, a one-day festival in the “Mill Sessions” series offering live music, craft beer and family fun.
The open-day launch will be from 11am until 6pm, accompanied by music from The Silver Band, Salty Dog, and Duncan Park. The music line-up will segue to discs from radio deejay, DJ E.
Balgowan Brewery is at Midlands Forest Lodge, between Nottingham Road and Howick, and is a company registered by two young entrepreneurs.
After months of experimentation they have scaled up and perfected their brewing process with recipes for several types of beers.
Balgowan Brewery creates quality and authentic beers using local as well as imported ingredients.
The Mill Sessions is a series of music-themed events that Midlands cornerstones Di and Terry Acres have been running mostly from their Caversham Mill for the past five years.
The Silver Band been formed by some of the country’s finest musicians and entertainers - Alistair Coakley (lead guitar, vocals - ex-Hotline, Stimela), Gary van Zyl (bass guitar, vocals - ex-Clout, Juluka), Derrick Dryan (lead vocals, harmonica, congas - ex-Ballyhoo) and Leon Shaw (drums, ex-Mean Mr Mustard).
The Mill Sessions has brought in Salty Dog, a Durban band who do cover versions of rock tunes from the sixties to the nineties.
Band members are Paul Fuhri (vocals - ex-Ritz and Stir), Errol “Smelly” Fellows (guitar and vocals - original Salty Dog member), Gordon Jackson (vocals, guitar), Avril Kotze (vocals) and Grant Halliday (drums - ex-Anarchy).
Guitarist Riki Rix (ex-Anarchy) will be performing with Salty Dog at the launch gig.
Duncan Park is primarily a guitarist and singer, who also plays bass, charango, banjolele, harmonica, penny whistle and percussion.
Elvis Gangiah “DJ E” is an accomplished club deejay, radio personality and dance music producer as well as a remixer.