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CLAREMONT FARM GOES ‘LIVE’ (article first published : 2008-03-16)

North Coast music lovers are once again in for a treat with the launch of a new outdoor live music venue on Claremont Farm in Salt Rock.

Greg and Jane Forsythe, previously owners of the Ballito Cinema which was the scene of many wonderful live music events, have inspired the owners of Claremont Farm to create an outdoor venue.

“We attended a beautiful wedding there a few months ago and thought it would be perfect for music,” says Jane. “All we really had to do was build a stage, because this little corner of the farm was already a perfect venue, with the trees and bamboo making a charming and natural amphitheatre. It’s like something out of Tolkein,” adds Greg.

Their inaugural gig will be the Strings & Skins Trio featuring Greg Hadjiyorki Georgiades, Ashish Joshi and special guest Steve Newman. This highly acclaimed group has just released their second album Passages In Time following the excitement generated by their first CD Strings and Skins which received rave reviews across Southern Africa including Namibia, Seychelles and Zanzibar.

As a duo, Greg and Ashish have overturned the general perception of duos being a gentle folksy presentation of acoustic styled music. Their music is rooted in Africa and while it is acoustically driven, it has powerful beats and rhythms from which catchy entrancing melodies seem to grow effortlessly.

Steve has also just released his solo album Flavours and the show will feature pieces from both Passages In Time and Flavours. With a combined discography of over 20 albums, this trio certainly promises to be as 'ear catching' as it is foot tapping.

The performance takes place at 20h00 on March 22 but patrons are invited to come earlier and soak up the vibe – and it is advisable to bring a blanket. Tickets R70 and there will be food and a cash bar. Bookings and directions on 084 800 0431




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