Acoustic maestros

Pericles Anetos

WHILE there is something to be said about the variety of electronic music and its versatility, the same may be said – even more so – about the raw and natural sound of a musician strumming an acoustic guitar.

This is what a particular ensemble of three homegrown Port Elizabeth talents will be undertaking when acoustic maestros Rob Thompson, Dave Goldblum and Tim Sedso play an “acoustic only” show at the Music Kitchen in Newton Park tonight.

Thompson, who is generally known for his Jimmy Hendrix-style of music, came up with the idea for the combined acoustic performance.

Thompson has been influenced by the early blues style of music from the ’20s and ’30s when there were no electric guitars.

“I have wanted to do it for a while but generally when I write all my songs, it’s me sitting in my bedroom at home with my acoustic guitar,” he explained.

“I am trying to put that element in this show and I really like that element of blues – the rawness.”

Thompson has just finished recording his album, Only Time Can Tell, with hopes of releasing it early next year. He has let some of his acoustic passion influence his new album with three of the tracks being acoustic.

During tonight’s performance, each of the musicians will do about four solo songs following each other.

Then after a short break, all three will return and perform together accompanied by a drummer and a bass guitarist.

Sedso is on a break from touring with the hugely successful Jersey Boys which has just completed runs in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The singer-guitarist, who is passionate about acoustic music with an eclectic range of influences, spoke about the uniqueness of the acoustic sound. “It has a very real organic and raw sound to it,” he said.

Jersey Boys will have its next performances in Seoul, South Korea, but Sedso still enjoys performing in his home town.

“I love playing in PE. It’s my home crowd. It’s where I started playing music,” he said.

The third member of the trio is singer-songwriter-guitarist Goldblum, who will be performing his song Say Africa at the concert. It was performed at the opening and closing of the Fifa World Cup by Vusi Mahlasela. Goldblum is currently working on his upcoming album, Oasis Adrift, and said tonight would be a solo/collaboration performance using their own material but then coming together as a group.

“PE is kind of my home crowd – I have a lot of old fans in town.”

The performance will start at 8pm at the venue situated at 69 Mangold Street. Tickets cost R50.

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