WRITING a brand new song with the help of your audience is one way of ensuring they will get a kick out of how it turns out – but that’s just one of the innovative features of a show by singer and songwriter Faye Gatley.
The recording artist will be launching her new EP, Silver Lining, at the Music Kitchen in Port Elizabeth on Friday which follows on her debut album, The Way I Play which saw three tracks play-listed across the country.
Her band, The Soloflares, with Liska du Preez and Arthur Daniels, formed earlier this year and together the trio blend folk, pop and rock styles to form a mature “folksie pop” sound.
Gatley describes her new work as different, fun and very honest.
“Silver Lining is a quirky and honest look at love and life.
“I wrote the title track about my personal journey as an artist trying to look for the positive side of life. Another track on the EP, I Love You, was played on last week’s AlgoaFM Friday Music Club and is a fun pop song about being in love.”
Gatley said following the theme of love and life, audiences can expect fun, foot-tapping songs, strong vocal ballads and a unique blend of violin, guitar and vocals.
“Amongst the new material, we will be performing some of our favourite covers, as well as some power vocal duets with our guest star, [guitarist and rock vocalist] Wayne Kallis.
“I will be putting myself on the spot once again and writing a brand new song with the help of the audience which is both scary and fun at the same time!”
Classically trained violinist and vocalist Du Preez’s unique playing style fuses folk, rock and pop with classical elements, while Daniels joins the ladies on guitar and vocals and, apparently, this man really knows how to whistle.
“My next adventure is a visit to Cape Town where I will be introducing my music to Cape Town audiences,” enthused Gatley.
“And on July 31 I will be opening for SA Idol winner Jason Hartman at Woodridge High School, with my band, The Soloflares.”
Gatley said earlier this year, she performed in the Kiss My Country Bumpkin cabaret and, in between recording new material, has supported various charities that are close to her heart including the Missionvale Care Centre, Yokhuselo Haven for Abused Women, and the Rotary Club’s Medieval Fayre.
Tickets for Friday’s show are R60 and can be booked through the Music Kitchen by calling (041) 364-1964. The show starts at 8pm with a meal menu and bar facilities.
The first 50 audience members will also receive the Silver Lining EP.