Solo artist brings tour to province

Thulani Gqirana

ACOUSTIC artist Gary Thomas will have back-to-back performances in the Eastern Cape as part of his South African tour next week.

Thomas, a Durban-born Capetonian, is bringing his show to Port Elizabeth on April 18, Grahamstown on April 19 and East London on April 21.

The solo artist has just finished tours in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Thomas said he had decided to come back to the Eastern Cape after having previously enjoyed shows and audiences in the region.

“I like the Eastern Cape. These shows are part of a 12-date tour I am about to start. I’ll be travelling all over the country.”

He said his music had a broad range of styles, moods and techniques. “There will be some percussive tapping, ambient atmospheres, fast finger-picking, trashy metal strumming, violin-bow- on-guitar playing and a few things you might never have seen before. I use two vocals mics with different effects to deliver a multi- textured singing style.

“I’m arranging the sets to have a nice mix of the past, present and future.”

The Port Elizabeth show will be held at the Friendly Stranger from 7pm and tickets are R70. In Grahamstown, he will be at The Lowlander at 8pm at R50 a ticket, and at the Murambi Country Kitchen in East London for a lunchtime concert at R60 a person.

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