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FIONA TOZER HEADLINES SPLASHY (article first published : 2006-03-19)

Durban’s acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Fiona Tozer is the spotlight ‘super-headliner’ at Splashy Fen 2006 taking place from April 13 to 17. Renowned for exploring the boundaries of folk music, Fiona’s showcase billing is in tribute to her long-standing dedication and loyalty to the Splashy Fen experience. The 2006 festival will mark her 11th appearance on that famed Underberg stage.

Fans of her insightful, deeply-communicative lyrics and diverse song arrangements can look forward to an hour-and-a-half of solo works and collaborations with her favourite musicians. Expect violin, double-bass, percussion, maestro guitar, guest vocals and a full complement of back-up singers. Her set will comprise songs that she’s written since recording her most recent album, and well-known material freshly interpreted to reflect her newly acquired skills and direction.

Fiona reacted to news of her Splashy special status with trademark humility: “It’s an honour, really, and will give me a wonderful opportunity to express my musical philosophy at the most current stage of its evolution,” she says. “To have my best friends on stage for the occasion is going to be heaven!”

Even though she played the 2003/4 Splashy festivals, Fiona appreciates the fact that people remember her as her academic pursuits at UKZN preparing for her Masters degree in music, have meant a lower-than-usual public profile during the past five years.

Having majored in Classical Composition, Fiona is a commissioned multi-discipline virtuoso experienced in writing for orchestra, string quartet and a variety of instrumental ensembles. She has released three albums of original material – two as solo performer and one as a part of folk group Bona Fide.

Those already in tune with Fiona’s extensive and rich musical tapestry will no doubt relish the opportunity to hear her latest offerings and witness the special showcase. Potential new fans are sure to find that she more than lives up to all expectations.

More information on 031 776 3251 (fax/answer), 072 822 7988, e-mail : tozerkg@iafrica.com or visit www.fionatozer.com

Splashy Fen 2006 Music Festival takes place over the Easter Weekend from April 13 to 17. Tickets R340pp at the festival gate for the entire weekend (includes camping, live music etc).

On April 15 and 16, tickets are only available at the festival gate and includes camping. Entrance April 15 R225pp and April 16 R150pp (children 12 and under free). Festival attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult – take ID document or drivers licence to validate your over-18 status if asked at the festival gate).

Book at Computicket, Shoprite & Checkers nationwide or ticket available online at www.ticketshop.co.za

For updates, news, competitions, programme visit www.splashyfen.co.za




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