Auld to give local fans a bluesy treat

Louise Liebenberg

MUSIC legend Robin Auld has been given the best kind of Bay welcome: both of the local shows he is doing with Centrestage this week are sold out and an extra show has been added to the line-up in order to meet demand.

“We’ve had the most incredible response to the show,” said Centrestage’s Gary Hemmings, adding that The Blues Rockers was the company’s first proper foray into the blues rock genre.

The show is presented in association with Frontier Events, with Auld fronting the new-look Centrestage band line-up as a special guest.

Since tickets for tonight and tomorrow night’s shows at the New Cash Store are sold out, there is now also a show on Wednesday at 7.30pm. It will be staged in a bedouin tent at the Cash Store in Sardinia Bay Road, where seating will be cabaret-style with chairs around tables. The venue will have a limited menu and a bar.

The Blues Rockers then moves to The Venue at Hemingways in East London for one night only on Tuesday January 28.

Auld ventured into a contemporary mix of blues and roots several years ago in contrast to his earlier work as a musician when, “back in the 1980s, pop rock was what everyone was expecting”.

He said performing with Centrestage was “a bit of a reunion”: “Gary promoted a few shows for me at the Grahamstown festival in the 1990s and I’m thrilled that our paths have converged again – The Blues Rockers is a great project.”

Auld’s newest album, Fingers in my Pocket, was recorded in London where he has spent much time in recent years, when not at his home base of Kalk Bay where he is recording his 21st album, set for release in May.

Auld describes the collection of roots and blues songs as a “walkin’, credit card, institutional failure, mean women and a sore head” kind of album.

In The Blues Rockers he will demonstrate his rocking, soulful vocals on a range of loved blues rock standards, besides also performing some of his own material. Patrons will see him blending his African blues guitar stylings with slide guitar and harmonica – and for those who remember the pop-rocker of “Auld”, this is likely to be an exciting new experience.

Hits like All of Woman and Baby You Been Good to Me, for which he is best-known in South Africa, are also likely to make the mix.

Auld will be joined by ace guitarist Donovan Hattingh, blues maestro Rob Thompson, Wesley Keet on keyboard, Andrew Warneke on bass and Kevin Mattheus on drums. Wayne Kallis will bring his own searing vocals to the show with a salute to John Mayer, while songbird Lelane Fourie will take on Janice Joplin.

Tickets at R120 for Wednesday’s show and for the East London show are at Computicket. For block bookings at discounted rates call Wendy on 082-661-6921.

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