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Six years on…

This is a recent photograph of me in my studio at home. I think it sums up where I’m at after six years.

Yes, you did read correctly: the last music I made was 6 years ago. “What the hang have you been doing?” you may ask. Good question.

Here’s the headlines:

– My wife and I welcomed our second and third child into the Calder household. So that whole era kind of dominated proceedings.

– Speaking of household, our previous dwelling was too small, so we moved into a bigger one – enough bedrooms, fireplace, big garden and an avocado tree!

– I changed jobs.

– My wife changed jobs.

– Over and above all that, I became a pastor.

And I’m happy and grateful to be able to say that we are about to release our new music: The Great Deep.

The RCB is still around. It’s just got bigger. It’s more like a collective than a band now. The original five members have all aged a bit… you know, grown up and grown into more responsibilities. So some of the songs feature my long-time friends and musical companions, while on other tracks I have collaborated with new friends and musicians. But I’d like to leave the music to speak for itself…

I have worked on this new music at home over the past 6 years. It has been a real blessing to do it all this way. It’s really personal… like, you can hear the hadedas in my garden and the dogs barking in my neighbourhood on the new songs!

I have a prevailing conviction about the music and art that I create, which is it should bring some sense of hope and joy to people. So when the new tunes come out, I hope this will be true for you.

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2015 House Concert #WhiteWater

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

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2015 House Concert #Plett

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