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TONY COX AT EMBERTON (article first published : 2006-02-18)

The inimitable award-winning acoustic guitarist Tony Cox brings his dynamic guitar playing to the Emberton Coffee Shop in March.

Known far and wide, within and without South Africa, the 52-year-old Zimbabwean-born guitar player continues to astound all those that hear him. Tony Cox has just finished a solo season that began at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and is still continuing around South Africa.

Selling-out venues wherever he performs with an audience composed of an extraordinary mix of ages between 10 and 90, Cox has become a South African icon and - although mostly ignored by radio and TV - he commands an ever-deepening respect for his devotion to his chosen art and does not seem to want for any number of ardent fans.

His current touring show incorporates new material, some of it composed for his new baritone guitar that has thrilled audiences with its sonorous tones. In his usual off-the-cuff and inventively humorous way, he has a few musical surprises under his belt that generally guarantee audiences being captivated by his seemingly throw-away yet awesome guitar-playing skills.

“My stint in the coffee shop marks a remarkable and eye-opening run through the country commandeering small and mostly out-of-the-way restaurants and spaces and avoiding all known venues and theatres,” says Tony. “The magic that makes it work is in an enthusiastic and very excited host, word-of-mouth and the intimacy and cosiness of the setting. I find this just suits my music and what I do from a stage so much better than putting people in rows or performing in a venue where management is run off their feet with many other up-coming shows.”

Later in the year, in August and September, Tony Cost will leave for the UK on a tour that sees him taking in several festivals such as the Lewes International Guitar Festival and the Cornwall folk festival. He then moves across to Germany where he will not only perform but contribute to an acoustic guitar compilation album that will sell world-wide.

Tony Cox's last show at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown was recorded for DVD and CD and is available countrywide as well as at any of his appearances.

He has just completed a three-week run in Cintsa outside East London where there was reportedly a stampede on tickets, so book early! Performances take place at the Emberton Coffee Shop in Kloof from March 8 to 18. Bookings on 031 767 3710 or 083 708 9157.




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