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BLUES BASH (article first published : 2008-09-9)

Thunder Road Diner will present the BluesTrain over this coming weekend, a four piece outfit that specialises in playing “Blues” and “Rhythm and Blues”. Their repertoire includes songs by Eric Clapton, B B King, Robben Ford, Lou Rawls, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Gary Moore, The Butterfield Blues Band and many more.

Mike Slavin on guitar and vocals hails from Durban. He began playing professionally in the late ‘60’s, then toured Germany and Europe with old Glenwood High School buddy Howard Carpendale. He spent three years playing in Sweden, Tenerife, The Caribbean, and Canada and on returning to Durban, joined The Palm Boat Band. He eventually settled in Johannesburg forming Chevy with Mike Faure, then Roots (the Late Night Live T V show band), thereafter came the blues band The Rhythm Method. He also worked with Country greats Bobby Angel and Lance James. He currently spends his spare time in the studio producing “Library” music and corporate songs.

Ralph Stafford on bass guitar and lead vocals is the son of a banana farmer from Natal,schooled in Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone. He became a professional musician in 1970 before moving to Johannesburg in 1972 where became one of the top session and performance bass players. From the late ‘70’s until March 1996, he was with the S A Defence Force Entertainment Group. He has toured the country extensively backing such varied acts as Ge Korsten, Eddie Eksteen, Julian Laxton, Mynie Grove, Manuel Escorcio, Dickie Loader and many more. He studied light music at the Pretoria Technikon and has also performed on the international stage in Argentina and Canada.

Dennis Donnelly on drums has been playing for South African all-time great musician Dan Hill for the past 25 years. He has been a recording session musician in and around Jo’burg for many years. He was the drummer for well-known act Buttercup as well as with Larry Amos, Vehicle and played at Sol Kerzner’s 50th birthday at the opening of the Sun City complex. Denny has done more than 25 Jazz Studio broadcasts and still does a monthly Radio Today function.

Michael Joel Ismail (formerly known as Avzal Ismail) has worked with a host of top international names, including acclaimed violinist Regina Carter, Donald Harrison, Carl Andersen, Professor James Houlik, Bhakhithi Khumalo and many more. He also composed and performed the finale for the opening ceremony of the World Summit for Sustainable Development which was held in Johannesburg. Avzal performed at the first inauguration banquet for President Thabo Mbeki.

The Blues Train will perform at The Thunder Road Diner, 136 Florida Road, from September 12 to 14 at 20h30. There is a R50 couvert charge – bookings on 031 303 3440.




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