The live music is always a highlight at our shows and for KAMERS 2014 Stellenbosch it is no different. We have an excellent line-up of local artists playing on the kykNET stage daily, with the Friday night being a special treat.
Join us for a bit of shopping, delicious food and wine and the sounds of these renowned artists floating over the rolling lawns of Weberbsurg.
11:30 – The Hollow Body
The Hollow Body is a folk / freak / experimental / garage / dark / country act from Cape Town and is the moniker of musician and songwriter Jonathan Velthuysen, under which he released his solo debut album Johannine in 2013.
12:30 – Van T
Chantel VanT started off as the lead singer of the indie rock band LA.VI, she then decided to explore her range joining as the lead singer for the electro act Diamond Thug.
Collaborative projects and lending her voice, melody and lyrical abilities to commercial recordings and acts lead to the establishment of a solo project dubbed Chantel VanT and Friends, a musical initiative consisting of various talented local artists lending their voices and musical talents to perform songs with the Chantel VanT solo set.
This served as the perfect bridge into the Van T solo set consisting of raw acoustic guitar ambience along with her voice and self written lyrics for her orignal songs.
Her debut EP, Tides is available on iTunes.
11:30 – Oh Mercy
Swampy-Sexy-Twanging-Mournful-Good-Ole-Fashioned-Country. She’s the magnolias and he’s the matches.
Andy Lund is a solo artist. Emma du Preez is a solo artist. They met at a gig where they were both performing solo sets in 2011 and became buddies. In late 2012 Emma received a phone call from Andy that went something like this:
“Remember how we said we should get together and play around with some duet stuff?”
“Well, I just booked our as-yet-non-existent band a gig so… we kind of have to start a band. Like. Now”
And in that moment the sweet harmonies and dirty, country guitar riffs of Oh Mercy were born.
12:30 – Lucy Kruger
It has been close to two years since the release of Lucy’s debut album and her emergence on the South African music scene. The growth in these two years, due to relentless touring and collaborations with various artists, has resulted in a new avenue for the 25 year old – one of colourful soundscapes, dreamy melodies and primal rhythms, while still staying true to her roots of acoustic folk and her honest way with words.
She will ne playing a special intimate show with Andre Leo at KAMERS 2014 Stellenbosch.
11:30 – Digby & The Lullaby
On piano and lead vocals, Rouchelle Hubsch plays and sings with a haunting depth of emotion that far surpasses her young age. As an only child, Rouchelle found the piano a profoundly rewarding companion, and has been writing songs since she was seven. Now just twenty one, Rouchelle has already written over 60 songs, and caught Darren’s attention at the Kingfisher FM Do you Rock original music competition.
On guitar and backing vocals, Darren Peens fell in love with music when he was just 6 years old. Darren then got his first taste of ‘rock stardom’ as guitarist in Eminent Child: a band that found relative success in South Africa and Europe. These days, armed with a Dictaphone a note pad and an acoustic guitar, Darren never stops creating.
12:30 – Basson Laubscher
Spreading the gospel of music, love, life and the blues, Basson Laubscher is no stranger to the Stellenbosch music scene. As a founding member of Zinkplaat, the lead guitar man for the Valiant Swart band and frontman for his own blues band, The Violent Free Peace, it is safe to say the Man knows his way around the guitar.
He will be playing an acoustic set of blues, country and rock n roll tunes at KAMERS 2014
17:30 – Laurie Levine
Border Crossing, the fourth record from South Africa’s Laurie Levine, is a revelation of what can happen when comfort zones are jettisoned, old habits sent packing and boundaries trampled on.
With a successful UK tour in 2012 and rave reviews for Six Winters internationally (No Depression gave it 10/10 and Uncut gave it 8/10), Border Crossing is set to be the record that firmly places Levine where she deserves to be: crossing borders the world over to take her music to new fans.
18:30 – Robin Auld Trio
Slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar stylings and soul vocals all feature in the fresh sound of Robin Auld. Well known to SA audiences from hits like All of Woman and Baby you been good, his music over the years has evolved from the poprock sound of his early recordings to the contemporary mix of blues and roots that makes his sound today.
Born in Lusaka, Zambia to Scots parents, Robin’s childhood was spent alternating between Southern Africa and Scotland; a journey reflected in the African and Celtic influences in his music. He learned to play the guitar by listening to Hendrix, Ry Cooder and Neil Young, also absorbing influences from the various guitarists of Southern Africa.
Having released through both majors and independents, he now releases through his own label Free Lunch. He has performed and recorded in New York, London, California, Glasgow and Nashville, opening for and performing with acts such as Lloyd Cole, Angelique Kidjo, Jackson Brown, Michelle Shocked, Osibisa and Seasick Steve. Over the years many of Southern Africa’s top musicians have appeared on an Auld album and the credits include New York based Anton Fig from the Letterman show, Louis Mhlanga, Wendy Oldfield, Schalk Joubert, Barry van Zyl and Johnny Clegg.
He tours South Africa regularly with shows ranging from headline electric band appearances at the Grahamstown Festival to intimate solo acoustic shows. Based in Cape Town, he is currently working on a new album scheduled for release in October 2014.
13:00 – Gerald Clark
A man that needs no introduction – Gerald Clark dances around the campfire, the hallelujah and hellhounds never far behind.
Catch his solo set of foot-stomping blues and country howls at KAMERS Stellenbosch 2014.
11:30 – Gary Thomas
“Manipulating guitar strings so that they converse in a new language… a psychedelic one-man anti-folk jamming machine” – Cape Argus
Gary Thomas was born in Durban, South Africa in 1983 and relocated to Cape Town in 2006. After studying Classical Guitar in school he completed a music degree at The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2005, majoring in Jazz guitar. Upon moving to Cape Town in 2006, he recorded his first album Wooden Boxes and Thought Hunting, which was officially released in 2009.
2010 saw the release of the hugely successful Contraption Distoria, with the single Walls and Floors gaining tremendous airplay on radio and television. Often dubbed the “hardest working solo artist in South Africa,” Gary has played most major festivals in the country and regularly tours through almost every city in South Africa.
He supported UK Ninja Tunes artist Fink, on his South African tour in 2008, with his duo at the time, Cabins in the Forest.
2011 saw major endorsements from ERNIE BALL guitar strings and PROEL sound systems. Further endorsements from The Red Bull Studios in Cape Town and MK music channel followed in 2012.
Gary launched his highly anticipated and acclaimed new album Midnight Atlas at a sold out run at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June 2012, with a subsequent nationwide tour. In September – November 2012, he embarked on his debut European tour, including 11 shows across Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, The Czeck Republic and Turkey.
In the past year and a half, Gary has been touring all over South Africa, working on various soundtrack projects and a forthcoming electric guitar band. He is currently touring his new album My Memory’s Death, which is available at www.garythomas.co.za.
Don’t miss KAMERS 2014 Stellenbosch!