Don’t miss Nibs van der Spuy and Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby at the Hexagon Theatre

Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby (left) and Nibs van der Spuy

Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby (left) and Nibs van der Spuy

NIBS van der Spuy is joining forces with his old friend and Landscape Prayers bandmate, Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby, to perform two shows at the Hexagon Dive at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus, at 7 pm for 7.30 pm on August 21 and August 22.

Guitarist Van der Spuy and violinist Cawthorn-Blazeby, are performing in the city for the first time in 12 years. It promises to be an incredible reunion of two KwaZulu-Natal musical icons.

Landscape Prayers went their separate ways 12 years ago and since then the two men have met only on one occasion. It took another five years before they decided to play together again — the result was a series of very successful North Coast shows in April.

The chemistry and the synergy was so strong, in fact, that Van der Spuy and Cawthorn-Blazeby decided to do an August tour and to record a new album. Titled Ant & Nibs, it will feature duo compositions from Landscape Prayers, Cawthorn-Blazeby’s virtuosic reels and Van der Spuy’s Afro-classical world music.

Van der Spuy said: “When a musical friendship runs deeper and bigger than the wood and steel, we believe we still have something to say which was unfinished 12 years ago.”

The two musicians began working together in early 1995 in the acclaimed acoustic instrumental band Landscape Prayers, formed by Van der Spuy in 1993.

The magical musical partnership was to last for nearly a decade. Together with Logan Byrne on bass and Bruce Baker on drums, their journey together encompassed thousands of kilometres of travel and touring, four critically acclaimed albums, three of which were nominated for South African Music Awards, two trips to Europe, many festival appearances, and a collaboration with Modena City Ramblers from Italy.

After Landscape Prayers parted ways, both men had successful careers, with Cawthorn-Blazeby heading in more of a Celtic direction with neo-Celtic outfit Celtis, and other collaborative projects along the way.

He has worked and shared stages with Robin Auld, Steve Fataar, Brian Finch, Greg Georgiades and Madala Kunene, to mention a few, and done session work on other recording projects.

Van der Spuy has travelled all over the globe, releasing a number of internationally acclaimed solo albums, among them Beautiful Feet, A Bird in the Hand, Flower in the Rain, as well as a double album, Catching Trains, Crossing Borders. In addition, he has released two collaborative albums, one with Gito Baloi, Sweetthorn, and In the Shade of the Wild Fig, with long-time friend Guy Buttery.

Van der Spuy continues to travel around the world as a successful solo artist and has appeared with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Piers Faccini and Shawn Phillips.

Tickets for the concert at the Hexagon Dive are R100. To book, e-mail hexagon@ukzn.ac.za Take picnic baskets and food, but no drinks. There is a cash bar.

Directions to the theatre: The entrance to the campus is off Golf Road, opposite Hutchinson Road. Look for the UKZN Golf Road campus sign. The theatre has free, safe, off-street parking. 

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