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TONY COX TO RECORD NEW CD/DVD (article first published : 2005-06-11)

Recognised as South Africa's son of the six-string acoustic guitar, Tony Cox will record a live CD and DVD on July 9 at the forthcoming National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

This multiple SAMA award-winner will record his show The Loneliness of the Long Distance Acoustic Guitarist and asks all his fans at the Fest who would like to be part of this milestone recording to pack the venue to the rafters on the night.

'I've wanted to do a solo live DVD for a long time now and I've had many requests to do so, but other projects just kept getting in the way. So before I get too old and crotchety to do it, now's the time,' says Cox with a smile.

This workaholic musician has been extremely busy in the 14 years since his first appearance at the National Arts Festival. He has won two SAMA awards for best instrumental album (and has been nominated three times), formed the Aquarian Quartet with fellow guitarists Steve Newman, Greg Georgiades and Syd Kitchen and later conceptualised a show featuring the group called The World in a Guitar, now available on DVD and CD.

He has created the Great South African Soiree Circle, where acoustic performances are put on in people's homes all around the country; put together a massive database of acoustic guitar lovers called the Acoustic Collective; performed in the 2002 Lewes International Guitar Festival in the UK and just returned from an extraordinary 2,623 mile tour with Steve Newman of the UK, performing 28 shows in two months. The duo is set to return for the 2006 UK summer festival season.

Amidst these big projects, Cox still finds time to write his unique guitar tunes, record, conduct guitar clinics and workshops and, of course, perform. As is usual with Cox, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Acoustic Guitarist is just a title and his shows are nothing more than a man sitting alone on a stage with a guitar and microphone. There is palpable loneliness in some of Cox's haunting melodies but in others there is also the sheer joy of life and a great abundance of humour. The contrasts are described as pure harmonic beauty.

The iconic guitar player has bunches of new tunes composed for his recently-acquired baritone guitar; an instrument that delivers a rich tone able to render any listener to a mass of goose bumps.

Cox's recordings, although - inexplicably - largely underplayed on South African radio stations, are of such a high level of quality, sheer artistic integrity and technical excellence that they win awards despite the lack of airplay. Once the new CD/DVD is launched, this guitar player's many fans can look forward to another fine recording, this time combined with the added dimension of being able to see this unique and gifted artist work his craft in front of a live audience.

The CD and DVD will be recorded at The Graham Hotel on July 9. The show starts at 20h00 and early booking is advised. Tony Cox is performing at The Graham Hotel throughout the National Arts Festival. See the festival programme for exact dates and times.

More information from Haley Harvey, Psquare Communications on 011 447 7518 or e-mail: haleyh@tiscali.co.za




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