The final stop of our Cape tour had to pinnacle with the couple without whom there would be no RCB – Rob and Pam Calder. Continue reading 2015 House Concert #Thornton
The third installment of the #RCBHouseConcert December Cape tour found us at the reinvented White Water Farm – a beautiful guest house establishment just outside Stanford. Our brothers Rob and Alex have spent 2015 hard at work creating a beautiful environment just off the R326 between Hermanus and the N2, and the farm forms part of a thriving community of hard-working and delightful people. Continue reading 2015 House Concert #WhiteWater
On the Saturday morning of our #RCBHouseConcert in Pinelands, Jon and I stopped by the home of one Graeme Smith. THE Graeme Smith – not the ex-Proteas dude.
“It was kinda like: put an offer on the house, and then ‘Jon! Concert!?’…” he explained as we stood in their garden and Continue reading 2015 House Concert #MrMrsSmith
The last time Jon and I were in Plettenburg Bay was September 2013. Two and a quarter years later, we returned to our good friends Mark and Kelly Brown. Mark is the director of Nature’s Valley Trust, and he and his family moved from Pietermaritzburg (where we first knew them) to Plett over three years ago. Kelly had just handed in PhD thesis.
And so here we found ourselves, in the esteemed company of Continue reading 2015 House Concert #Plett
The idea of a house concert is a fairly novel one in most communities of South Africa.
So in the heart of Somerset West, some 33 people arrived not really knowing what they were in for on a Sunday afternoon at 4pm. In Cape Town, people go out… they don’t stay in. Continue reading 2015 House Concert #6
On 3 May 2015, in the middle of the KZN midlands, I was sound checking in a peach orchid, when my brother sent me a message. Continue reading 2015 House Concert #5
It couldn’t have been more than two hours after the #Gibsons house concert in the peach orchid that Stef sent me a message.
“Hey Ryan its Stef, we met at the Gibsons today, Bev gave me your info! Awesome gig :):):) my hubby is having his 40th on the 16th of May was hoping if you’re not booked you could come n do a house call? Heehee”
So two weeks later, here we were.
A great afternoon where we met plenty of great people who make these house concerts very special.
We were graced with a guest appearance by Kayleigh and Jade, who added their special vocal talent to a raucous rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Marius.
Some years ago I was on a golf course with my cousin on the south coast.
I like golf, except when it spoils a good walk. And this was one of those particular days. I was shanking every drive and toe-poking every chip on this beautiful course, which ruined the scenery and fresh sea air.
But somewhere on the 18th hole, I found myself with a fairly decent drive on a par 4. Continue reading Blog: A lesson on a golf course
Advertised as ‘Autumn In The Orchid’, the third #RCBHouseConcert of the year was proof that “house” is a very loose term for these sorts of gigs.
I’ll say it again, “house” is a loose term for any kind of space that you may have access to.
In this case, house concert = a peach orchid! Continue reading 2015 House Concert #3
OKAY, so this is somewhat ambitious. But here is the idea: we’re looking to record parts of the songs that will make up The Great Deep at the house concerts this year.
So there are a number of options we have in store.
Gang vocals. This is essentially when a bunch of people sing or chant or lyrics to one of the new songs at a house concert. This could be a chorus, bridge, or a special section of the song. We’re looking to record this album in places like your lounge or garden.
Percussion. We’re thinking this could be mayhem, or it could be awesome. The house concert crowd grabs something that makes a percussive sound and the whole house joins in on part of a song or three… playing beats on tables, coffee cups, with tree branches, etc.
A special guest performance. Many of you connected to the RCB are great musicians. Singers, guitarists, violinists, keyboardists, drummers, saxophonists, trumpeters,… the list goes on! If you play an instrument, why not get involved?
And of course, this is not only limited to audio. We’re looking for video recording ideas. Photo recording ideas. Drawings. Paintings. Any media form, we’re interested in.
And of course, we’re open to ideas. Can any of you think of anything else? Post it in the comments section below. Or better yet, help us by spreading the word and using (clicking on) the social media icons below.