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BLUE BOTTLES ON HOLD (article first published : 2002-02-15)

The Sunday evening shows that have become so popular at the Blue Bottles harbour mouth venue have had to be put on hold.

“It's always sad news to loose a music venue that has been so creative and entertaining; but the bottom line and reality have struck 3rd Ear Music & the Musicians at the Blue Bottles,” explains Dave arks of 3rd Ear Music. “The ten Sunday shows that we have presented have been well attended, critically acclaimed and musically praised...but besides the crowds we do need sponsorship to sustain and pay for the services of the musicians, the sound and the marketing.

“Perhaps we will try and start up again soon. Thanks to Paul Trompeter the owner of the BB and to his staff and managers, chefs and barpersons for playing host and serving the tune-up material. It's been a great 10 weeks.”

However, before the end of February there are two final shows which see the launch of two landmark CD's in Durban:

February 17 features the launch of the new CD Africa is Not for Sissies from singer songwriter Syd Kitchen who has just completed a promotional nationwide coastal tour with the Aquarian Quartet - Steve Newman, Tony Cox & Gregg Georgiadis. Syd has been one of the hallmarks of the South African folk and songwriting scene since he and brother Pete Kitchen first appeared at the Natal Folk Music Association Festival in 1970. Syd, who has a PhD in Music from the University of Natal, has taught guitar, toured for over 30 years, recorded several albums and released a number of poetry books.

Playing unplugged on February 24 will be the alternative country rock outfit LILO which comprises Alexander Sudheim, Graeme Barnes, Dean Henning and Michael Whitehead. Sudheim writes & sings the songs while Graeme “bottleneck” Barnes is king of the heartbreak slide guitar, Dean Henning hits the skins and Michael Whitehead provides the rocksteady bass.

The songs are described as “slanted stories and poems of an occasionally x-rated nature telling of life, lust, love, death etc. in personal yet unsentimental fashion.” The music of LILO could “vaguely be described as cyanide-centred, caramel-flavoured eroded rockdust anthems.”




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