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DAN PATLANSKY (article first published : 2005-09-21)

After a harrowing escape from New Orleans just ahead of Hurricane Katrina, Johannesburg’s Blues guitar prodigy Dan Patlansky fled together with his manager to Mobile in Alabama, where Katrina followed him and came within feet of washing away the house where he was holed up.

He had already played a few gigs – unpaid, as he is unknown in New Orleans - and was being noticed by the Blues fraternity. At one gig, a hat was put out for him and he made more money than the rest of the band put together (who were known and being paid). However the disaster disrupted Dan’s plans to showcase his talent for American record companies, which included a number of prestige gigs around New Orleans and playing the high profile King Biscuit Blues Festival as lead guitarist for the famous Henry Gray (Howling Wolf’s pianist from 1956 to 1968).

A few kilos lighter from the food and water rationing, Dan has returned to South Africa, and will be playing a number of gigs around Durban to help him to replace lost gear and return to the USA to record his new album.

You can catch Dan on September 27 at The Dockyard Supper Theatre (booking 031 332 1086); September 28 at the Durban Folk Club at Jammit Dammit, Sydney Road, and on September 29 at The Blues Train, Wanderers Sports Club, 42 Benson Road (off Blamey Road), Montclair.

All shows begin at 20h30 and cover charge is R50. Further information from Sue on 031 465 3339.

Dan will also be playing at the “Roots Festival” at the Bay of Plenty, Durban Beachfront on September 22 from 18h00 to 21h00; at the Southern Cross Music Festival on September 24 and at Awesome Africa in The Cellar on October 2.




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