Monday, September 1, 2008

O' The Places You'll Go - Stellenbosch

Harris Tweed - known for their sweet folk tunes - along with close friends Zebra & Giraffe - who have recently released their debut album “Collected Memories” - started off their Western Cape leg of their ‘O The Places You’ll Go tour on Thursday 28 August. This event took place at the oh-so-quaint Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch.I was to write an Afrikaans exam the following day, but I was going to the gig regardless. With acts like these two, you’d be a fool to miss it!Harris Tweed started the evening off with a little bit of a drama performance revealing their newly adopted name: Dear Reader. (The name change comes in light of legal requirements.) The change of name is a lot more applicable to their style of music. Once the crowd took their seats (yes, we were seated) the band blew us away with their sweet melodies, awesome bass guitar skills and heavenly harmonies. We were introduced to a few new songs which will soon be made known to all upon the release of their new album.

After a short 15 minute break the crowd assembled once more waiting in anticipation for the phenomenon known as Zebra & Giraffe. The band came on stage and we got our money’s worth. With songs like Arm Yourself and Oxymoron you couldn’t help but bust out your moves. Joining Zebra & Giraffe on stage for the out-of-this-world performance of The Knife was Dear Reader lead singer Cherilyn Macneil. With Greg Carlin’s (Zebra & Giraffe main-man) deep vocals and Cherilyn’s beautiful voice the chorus was one to remember.Next up on the tour road is Knysna, Port Elizabeth, East London and ending off in Durbs. Scrape every last cent together; this is an event not to be missed.

Post and photos by Helen Elizabeth

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