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2014-08-22 07:00

Cape Town – Having toured the world over with three studio albums under his belt, Farryl Purkiss is no newcomer to the South African music scene.

With his folksy acoustic driven tunes he has won over audiences all around the world and has opened for international acts such as Crowded House, Finley Quaye, Missy Higgins and The Violent Femmes.

His songs have also been used in many ad campaigns as well as twice on the American TV show, Private Practice.

And on 30 August, which is next Saturday, SA fans will be able to check him out live as he will be performing at the Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival. We can’t wait!

We were very lucky and got to ask him a few questions ahead of his performance, so check it out here:

Have you played the Folk and Acoustic Music Festival before? Are you looking forward to playing this year and why?

Yes, I have, this will be my 4th. It’s always an absolute pleasure to play the festival. Firstly, because of the venues they select each year to host them, and secondly getting to watch some of my very own inspirations all in the same night. This year is at the Baxter which I have played before, and next to Kirstenbosch, it is my favourite venue in the country.

The theme for the Folk Fest this year is collaboration. Who are you collaborating with and what can people expect to hear?

I am collaborating with Digby and the Lullaby. They are so good at what they do, and instead of overcomplicating a song with intricate guitar pieces, we are choosing to colour in the spaces with simple guitar textures and three-part harmonies. It’s going to be beautiful!

If you could collaborate with any international artist in the world, who would it be?

Bob Dylan.

What is the one thing no one knows about you?

For my eighteenth birthday, instead of getting a car I got a parrot.

What is next for you?

I am off to New York in November for two months to record and get my album ready for my American release next year.

You can catch Farryl Purkiss at the Cape Town Folk & Acoustis Music Festival on Saturday, 30 August at 20:00. Tickets cost between R165 - R185 and are available from Computicket.

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