STROKING THE FRETBOARD: Rock and blues musician Albert Frost and the Blues Broers had the audience dancing and singing along at the Bathurst Arms when they performed their End of the World Concert on December 21 Picture: ROB KNOWLES
IF you thought the blues was just for listening to, you should have joined the 150-strong audience at the Bathurst Arms at the End of the World Concert on December 21 to discover that it is good for dancing and singing along to as well.
Blues and rock guitarist and singer, Albert Frost, joined up with his father’s old band and had the old-timers and youngsters in Bathurst on their feet. Frost’s dynamic style of guitar playing was perfectly matched by the musical stylings of John Mostert, Rob Nagel, Simon Orange and Dave le Warne, collectively known as the Blues Broers.
Frost began playing guitar when he was 13, way back in 1990, and has never looked back.
Son of legendary muso Frank D Frost, one of the original members of the Blues Broers, Frost has shared the stage with many of South Africa’s finest bands and musicians, among them Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mahlanga, Morris Goldberg, Nico Carstens, Ollie Viljoen, Theo Crous, Anton Goosen, Riku Latti, Gerald Clarke and the Springbok Nude Girls.
With the dates on the Mayan calendar having already run out by the start of their show, Bathurst, known among locals as the “Centre of the Universe”, was the last stop on the End of the World Tour by Frost and the Blues Broers.
While Frost’s guitar playing and raspy vocal resounded in the beer garden, the playful eccentricity of the Blues Broers only enhanced the atmosphere, making this one concert everyone present was glad to have attended.
From a sailor’s hornpipe, played expertly on the harmonica by the bearded Nagel, to the smooth and more eclectic blend of blues and rock, the show was definitely something not to miss.