Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival blows crowd away with local talent!

Written by Lindie Meyer

Photography by Nadine Aucamp Photography

The 4th instalment of the Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival, took place last Friday the 26th at the ever-popular Baxter theatre.

This event, that was first at the CTICC four years ago, was proudly hosted by Real Wired Music and sponsored by Sedwick’s Old Brown Sherry and Hellfire Productions. The line-up included a pool of SA’s 25 best local acts who would perform as duo’s using only the basics of good music, voice, guitar and piano.

For the night, the delightful photographer, Nadine Aucamp, who would document the night in pictures, accompanied me. When we entered the venue, we had both forgotten what a magical place the Baxter Theatre was. This venue has seen some of the best local and international artists perform on its stage, and we knew that tonight would be no different.

We entered the venue and quickly found our seats, Nadine was off to do her thing, and I sat quietly with the rest of the crowd as we waited for the show to start.

The stage was dressed with a simple farm style backdrop. Perfect for an intimate and soulful concert.

Our host, Gavin Minter kicked off the show with a few jokes, and set the tone for the night in true story-telling fashion.

First up: Amanda Tiffen & Dave Ledbetter, who together performs as Facing South. They kicked off the event, with a song that had everyone tapping on their laps, called Happy Summer. It was only in the second song that I sat-up and took notice of the unassuming duo. The song that David wrote whilst travelling through Namibia was the epitome of acoustic soul and rhyme. David provided a husky undertone, while Amanda belted out the most amazing cry’s that gave us all goose bumps. Most certainly one of the top acts of the night.

Facing South was followed by Sannie Fox and Tim Par who performed a song called Pieces, not the Ashes of War a soulful tune, that had us all enthralled with the emotive lyrics. The second song, Sannie wrote, and was called Saying Goodbye to Someone. Sannie, who also sings lead vocals for the very successful band Machinery, was absolutely stunning.

The third act, Andy Lund & Emma du Preez (oh Mercy), played two delightful, country infused songs, and were followed by Auriol Hays and Lionel Bastos who did a Portuguese version of Roxanne, originally performed by Sting.

By this stage, I took note of how incredible the acoustics sounded in the venue. You could hear, and feel, the loud foot stomping, and the soft sounds of Auriols voice. This show, by now, had only gotten better and better.

The last act, before the break was the band I had most looked forward to the whole night. I’ve been a very big Gary Thomas fan, for a long time, and have watched him perform live at several shows in Cape Town. So it was with great delight, that I got to see him, and the other half that make up the band Cabins in the Forest, perform live, for the first time in five years. They did not disappoint. Andrew James joined Gary on stage for two beautiful songs in true folk style.

After their performance, Gavin our host, told us we’d have a 20min break before the latter part of the show started.

I met up with Nadine in the foyer; together we grabbed a drink and sat outside while getting overly excited about the music we’d been listening to for the last hour and a half. We couldn’t believe that we’d been sitting on such a gold pot of local talent. We were dumbstruck by the vocals, incredibly use of acoustic guitars and the friendships and stories we’ve been fortunate to see perform and hear throughout the first half of the show.

Just as we wanted to get another drink, we were kindly ushered back to our seats as the second half would shortly start. I decided that my gallery seat wasn’t good enough anymore, and made my way to the front row, where I positioned myself neatly in between two couples.

Gavin made his way onto the stage again, and introduced James Stewart, an Emmy nominated musician. Yes, Emmy nominated. Together they sang the very popular Shine, which we could all relate to. For their second song, they performed a song Gavin wrote while recovering from an unfortunate accident – a beautiful and emotional start to the second half of the show.

Next up, the deadly Lucy Kruger and Shotgun Tori. The two ladies added a whole lot of soul and shake to the show. Lucy, who reminds me of Jessie Baylin, was vocally perfect.

The rest of the nights acts were made up of The Barking Family Tree, Nick Turner and Paige Mac, Jeremy Olivier and Ezra.

The show’s last act was the banjo playing Guy Collins and very popular Gerald Clarke who ended the night with another story, just as it started.

For the final act, all the artists came out on stage, and sang ‘you’ve got a friend’ along with the 600 strong audience.

This event, from inception, lovingly showcases the very best of acoustic music, which, in many ways, is the origin of songs and song writing.

If you haven’t been to any of the festivals, you need to go.

For more photos visit Nadine Aucamp Photography website here!

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