IT’S not surprising that blues and rock supremo Dan Patlansky – having just won the National Arts Festival’s top accolade in Grahamstown – believes the Eastern Cape has been good to him.
But his gold Ovation Award apart, this acoustic guitar wizard is actually talking about the fan base he has developed in the region and their longstanding loyalty.
Which is why he can’t wait to get to the Port Elizabeth and East London legs of his 2013 Winter Tour, having just wowed audiences in the City of Saints.
The only gold Ovation awarded at the festival this year was to Patlansky whose acoustic performances, according to organisers, played to both critical and audience acclaim while his collaboration with Karen Zoid “left the sold-out crowd mesmerised”.
Considering the field at the national arts gathering, this is no mean feat.
“It’s a great honour for me because there is so much great stuff happening during the festival, and sometimes it’s tough to get noticed,” Patlansky said.
“The attendance at the shows was awesome despite this, and the show seemed to go down great. So receiving this award came as a big surprise. It’s always great to get this sort of recognition.”
Patlansky described the vibe and audience reaction at this year’s festival as “wonderful”.
“It’s a very cultured fest with knowledgeable audiences. It’s always great to connect with other performers that I don’t often get a chance to see and hang with. All round, a great fest this year!”
He said audiences could look forward to a dual acoustic/electric show on his latest tour.
“Our normal in-your-face blues rock style mixed with a lot of material from out latest acoustic album, Wooden Thoughts.
“The two seem to go together very well, and we’ve had great reactions from our Gauteng and Free State tour dates thus far.” Last year’s album release, 20 Stones, was voted the 10th-best blues rock album of last year by the Blues Rock Review based in the US.
Patlansky said the Eastern Cape had always been great to him.
“[It’s] one of my favourite regions to play in. Epic and loyal fans.”
And projects in the pipeline?
“Well, we start writing soon for our next electric album that we are hoping to release early next year. Besides that, just touring the Wooden Thoughts and 20 Stones albums around South Africa and parts of the UK and Europe.”
Patlansky has been invited to perform at the Horsens Blues festival in Horsens, Denmark in November this year and will then be extending his tour into the rest of Europe.
He will also be in the UK in September with well-known finger-picking guitarist Nibs van der Spuy.
“Nibs has been kind enough to invite me for some dates that side in the UK. [I’m] very keen to co-lab with him. “It also gives me a chance to pre-promote our November dates with the full band tour on that side.”
Patlanksy will be performing at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth on Saturday July 20 at 7pm and at the Old Selbornian Club in East London on Friday July 19.
In Port Elizabeth, the opening act is The Cottonfields and tickets at R120 are available from Computicket.
For more information, phone 083-471-8893.