Cape Town – In two weeks time the 8th instalment of the Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival, featuring an array of top South African artists, will be taking place at the Baxter theatre.What is the Cape Town Folk 'n Acoustic Music Festival? Well, it’s a show featuring top South African artists who will perform completely acoustically in an intimate, concert-style setting. Artists set to perform include David Kramer, Valiant Swart, MacStanley, Tailor and Donovan Copley (Hot Water). Their performances will be stripped down to the essence of the songs.
We got to ask Jono Grayson, Andra and Lucy Kruger a few questions ahead of the show...
Channel24: Are you looking forward to playing this year’s Folk fest and why?
Jono Grayson: Yes I am. I'm always keen to perform and get my music out there. I think it's going to be a great festival!
Andra: Yes, absolutely! It will be great to hear all the artists share their music in such a legendary venue.
Lucy Kruger: Yes, very much so. I played the festival a couple of years ago and had a wonderful experience playing amongst extremely talented musicians, in a beautiful venue, to a lovely audience. I look forward to doing that again.
C24: What can people expect from your performance at the festival?
JG: I'm going to be jamming some of my tracks so I hope that people will really enjoy my music and I hope that I can move them with my music.
A: Sounds born in the Namib Desert.
LK: For this special, intimate performance, the band will ditch the fuzz pedals and primal drum rhythms for a toned down set of dreamy psychedelic freak-folk.
C24: What’s the one thing no one knows about you?
JG: I think most people don't know that I also play a bit of piano and drums.
A: I really enjoy my solitude and secrets...
LK: I tore down my roof so I can look at the stars all night.
C24: If you could give up and coming musicians advice, what would you tell them?
JG: I would say if this is really your dream, don't let anything get in the way .You just have to have determination. Things aren't going to always go your way but that's life you know. Nothing worth doing comes easily. You just need to surround yourself with good people who believe in you and you always need to believe in yourself .
A: Gratitude. Welcome the joyful experience of expressing your art as much as possible. Put in the hours. Gratitude!
LK: Keep your music sacred.
C24: What’s next for you?
JG: At the moment I'm just trying to write more music, so hopefully I will have a few new tracks coming out soon.
A: More music. Another album. Touring and meeting all those amazing people on the road :-)
LK: We're just about to arrive back from a three month tour around Europe and the UK. It's been a pretty inspiring trip and we're going to pour all of the energy we've gathered into creating a full length album.
Friday 7 August: David Kramer, Valiant Swart, MacStanley, Tailor, Medicine Boy, Donovan Copley from Hotwater, Andra, Wren Hinds, Faye Oakes, Roger Lucey, Bill Knight Fruit Vendor, Chris Verge, Jasmine Minter.
Saturday 8 August: David Kramer, Valiant Swart, MacStanley, Tailor, Donovan Copley from Hotwater, Nicky Schrire, Ariella Caira, Rocking Horse, Andra, Timothy Hutchinson, Jono Grayson, Tony Cedras, Dave Reynolds, Basson Laubscher.
Tickets cost from R195 to R175 per ticket and are available through Computicket.
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