Coffin Dodgers to slam it

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A NAME like The Coffin Dodgers says it all because despite their age these guys still know how to deliver a very lively performance. The group – which specialises in folk and country folk and rock – will be performing at the Music Kitchen in Newton Park on Saturday night.

The band is a product of the Four Winds Music Club, formerly known as the Four Winds Folk Club.

The club, which was established in 1969 in Port Elizabeth, is one of the oldest music institutions in the country and is still going strong.

Guitarist and vocalist Alasdair Gillies said the mission behind the folk club was to promote local artists and people starting out by offering them a platform.

“For people who are starting to play music it’s a platform where they are able to play in front of people.”

The band’s wide repertoire includes music from the ’60s to the ’90s, with some Irish folk thrown into the mix.

Gillies said the group had performed various tributes to the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan and The Byrds.

“The music this time has been taken from many different iconic bands of the previous decades, so it is not stereotyped into one genre.

“Expect to hear some songs from the likes of Pink Floyd, Styx, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Nelson and Jennings, Ozzie Osbourne, Tom Petty, Blind Faith, The Band, The Beach Boys, Stealers Wheel, and yes, some Dylan and CSN.”

The group is made up of Ken Collier on keyboards, vocals and guitar, Tony Stark – who played with 4 Jacks and Jill in the early days – on percussion and vocals, Don Lindheim on bass guitar, guitar and vocals, and Gillies on guitar, vocals and mandolin.

Tickets are R50 per person and are available at the door. The show starts at 8pm.

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