At the end of January 2015, we hit the road for the first time in our musical careers on a national tour to introduce our album (and our faces) to the rest of South Africa.
Coming from Cape Town, apart from a few random shows played in the Eastern Cape, we have not played outside of the Western Cape, and thus this was one really exciting new venture for our music. We said to ourselves – “Life is too short to live a small life – we want to grow old and tell our grandchildren one day that we played across the planet in this little band of ours we started as students”. So we took the leap of faith, put in leave from our day jobs and we did just that… (Well we played across South Africa at least. 🙂
Our aim for the tour was to showcase our music and our performance in a theatre styled sit down show i.e. take it to the theatres as they used to play shows in the late 50’s. We kicked off at our home ground in Cape Town at Origin Coffee Roasting. It’s always a great privilege to collaborate with them and we love their rustic venue. The next day we hit the road, slightly nervous but crazy excited – first stop: George. After a radio interview the morning we went to the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts theatre for setup. It’s an old school building which they converted into a 200 seater theatre. We had a blast and the outcome blew our minds! We would not have dreamed to have so many people to come and see our shows (its not like we are at all that well known anyways)? Thanks for coming!
Performing our hearts out in the Oakhurst Insurance George Arts Theatre
Next stop was The Rupert Theatre in Graaff-Reinet. This was in Esté’s home town in the Great Karoo. Everyone in the “dorp” knew Esté as the little girl with the angelic voice – performing from a very young age at all the social events the “dorp” had to offer. Thus we had a great combination of old and young alike in the audience. It was a definite highlight for us. We even had to carry in 20 extra chairs since the tickets sold out too early…WHAATTTT??? We feel so honoured to play sold out shows – it is both nerve wrecking and incredibly awesome at the same time!
It was an honour to perform in the amazing Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet
Valley of Desolation – Esté embracing the fresh Karoo air!
Thereafter we went off to Cradock for a more intimate outdoor restaurant/theatre show. We experienced true Karoo hospitality in the most beautiful venue. The people of these “platteland dorpies” are simply amazing. For me, growing up in Durbanville (Northern Suburbs of Cape Town) it is something that I’m not exactly used to. We squeezed ourselves onto a small stage and we had the time of our lives performing for a crowd who has never seen us before
There was always time for a coffee break! Taken in Middelburg, Eastern Cape on our way to Bloemfontein
Next stop was Bloemfontein. Traveling through the States of Freedom was great! The landscape allows one to take in endless amounts of “vlaktes”. It gave me a sense of rest. We had the most beautiful night at Innie Skuur theatre. We knew that this will be our last intimate sit down theatre show and therefore enjoyed it a little extra!
Innie Skuur, Bloemfontein – AND we played on a generator due to load shedding. What an awesome experience. Thanks Eskom 😉
The most beautiful Free State sunset – taken while waiting for the show to start!
The next day (5 Feb) was my birthday. After being blessed with a glorious breakfast we hit the road towards Clarens. This place blew my mind.. (It looks like a great place to settle down one day!)
A moment between Bloemfontein and Clarens – “Parys in die Vrystaat”
Johannesburg was the next stop. The next day we played our gig at the Factory on Grant in Norwood, JHB as part of their launch of the “Nice Guys Sessions”. We had some lovely craft beers. A thunderstorm broke out and they had to move the stage – but as you know, “the show must go on”. We again played for an all new crowd (DAUNTING, yet PRIVILEGED). Joburg was a great experience – loved the vibe, loved the people!
The next day we played alongside a few other well-known local acts at the Railways Café in Pretoria at their “Arts in the Yard” event. We had a great time! We ended the tour off with peace in our hearts that we gave it our all and played our hearts out.
During this tour we shared our stories, our music, and our time with so many people but what we received in return is much more than we could have hoped for – people blessed us by coming to support our shows and allowing us to showcase what we have for their enjoyment – that was our exceedingly great reward… At the end of each show – we ended off with a mash-up song we do by combining Pie Jesu and Viva la Vida. We do this to showcase me and Esté’s diverse backgrounds in music (Esté is a classically trained singer and I come from a garage rock band). After each show people requested us to please do a recording and video of this – this is very hard since it is driven by our live performance… but we will definitely put some thought into it!
We should do this more often – go travel and see our beautiful country of South Africa and catch up with friends on the way. Special thanks should be given to all who opened their homes and hearts for us! Petrus & Jo-Ané Paulsen (George), Johan & Anna Nell (Graaff- Reinet), The Lombard’s (Cradock), Gerda van der Merwe (Bloemfontein), Marlene Willemse (Clarens), Jan-Louis & Kara Du Toit (JHB) and the De Villiers family (JHB)!
A BIG shout out and special thank you to our sound engineer and his wife – Pierre and Vicki De Villiers. A band is only as good as their sound team ;). You have really inspired us and kept our hands up when we were tired.
Pierre and Vicki De Villiers. We left Cape Town as the band and the crew and returned as friends.
We also want to thank and honour every venue where we played – the professionalism, creativity and well looked after theatres and buildings warmed our hearts!
We are so incredibly thankful for all who have supported us and enabled us to make this tour a success. Thanks for allowing us to dream big. Our lives are enriched and we feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to showcase our God given talents to you. Finally – Thanks to God for keeping us safe on the road and blessing us with talents to glorify His name!
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT TOUR!