ShortStraw make waves at coast

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

INDIE folk music is all over the South African music scene and ShortStraw are making some waves of their own.

The MK best indie award winners will be performing in Jeffreys Bay and at St Francis Bay later this week.

The Johannesburg-based band play simple melodies and some catchy tunes and have performed at some of the biggest venues and shows in the country.

The group defines their music as “indie-bele jangly goodness met eish”.

The band released their second album Good Morning Sunshine in April this year and the title track has received some airtime on national radio, as has Couch Potato and the collaboration with CrashCarBurn, Kings of Summer.

Good Morning Sunshine will get you singing along after the first chorus and the cheeky tune Bikini Weather is definitely going to get partygoers moving at the two popular holiday destinations in the Eastern Cape.

Lead singer Alastair Thomas says the summer tour has been a great success so far, kicking off at Manila Bar in Cape Town and then on to Gecko Bar in Hermanus.

They then played at gigs in Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

“Manila was a hot, sweaty mess, which was a perfect way to start off a summer tour! And Gecko Bar was so much better than expected.

“[We] can’t wait for the rest,” Thomas said. “Fans can expect great music and a rad party.”

ShortStraw are touring as part of the Puma Happy Holiday Summer Tour.

They will be performing alongside Desmond and The Tutus, Gateway Drugs, Beach Party and the Happy Holiday DJs in Jeffreys Bay.

In St Francis Bay they will share the stage with Jeremy Loops, Al Bairre and many others.

ShortStraw will be performing at The Mexican at 19A Da Gama Street in Jeffreys Bay on Thursday at 9pm. Tickets are R50 at the door. Inquiries (042) 293-2966.

The group will be at Billy’s Beach Bar, St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay on Friday from 3pm. Tickets range from R100 to R300 at

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