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THE BANDITS (article first published : 2003-07-27)

The Bandits are a Bluegrass Band and play predominantly traditional American Bluegrass music with some lively country music thrown in as well. They will perform at Blue Bottles Cafe & Bar on the Point Waterfront on July 27, quipping that they will be “pulling into town with their cousins & chickens on hang-gliders, 4 by 4's & micro lights!”

The band comprises Bryan Eaton (banjo), Elizabeth Bricken (vocals), Craig Martins (guitar and lead vocals), Jack Todd (bass and vocals) and Cara Malan (fiddle).

Bryan Eaton has always loved the Banjo. Inspired by listening to his father play and Eric Weisberg, through records, tapes, CD’s and books, he eventually learnt this wonderful sound of mountain music known as Bluegrass.

From Tullahoma, Tennessee, Elizabeth Bricken is the most recent Bandit. She only became inspired to sing and perform her native American music while in South Africa despite having grown up in the heart of Bluegrass Country. She gives the band a sound that only a Southern States gal could give.

Craig Martens is a three-fingered guitarist and has come a long way in relearning to play the guitar since loosing his finger in a shipping accident. He joined The Bandits after playing for about a year with the Hilltop String Band.

The oldest member of the band at a cool 60, Jack Todd fits the part of the typical Bluegrass Hillbilly.

The youngest member is 16 year old violin virtuoso Cara Malan who has a classical music background and until recently was a member of the Kwa Zulu Youth Orchestra.

Couvert charge for the Blue Bottles gig is R10 and the music starts at 19h00. More information on 031 332 2787.




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