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ACOUSTIC GUITAR MASTERS (article first published : 2008-08-19)

The Phansi Museum houses some of South Africa's finest collections of traditional arts and crafts. It is beautifully displayed in Roberts House, a restored Victorian National Monument in Glenwood. Original music and performing arts are promoted through the hosting of regular events.

Phansi Museum’s spring season will be themed Acoustic Guitar Masters with Guy Buttery (September 4); Steve Newman (September 11) and Nibs van der Spuy (October 2)

Guy Buttery recently returned from a successful UK tour, playing alongside bands and artists such as Martin Simpson, Andy Fairweather Low, Jethro Tull, the Animals and Donovan to name a few. His most recent album, Songs from the Cane Fields, received critical acclaim.

With his world famous band Tananas, Steve Newman has received a string of awards for albums released with this South African super group and has toured the world on Peter Gabriel's Womad platform. He is well known for his unique guitar duets with the award -winning Tony Cox. He has played many festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Australia, and most recently throughout the UK with the drummers of Burundi. He is much loved back home as being one of the most uniquely gifted guitarists ever to come out of South Africa. Steve will be featuring material from his recently released album Flavours.

Nibs van der Spuy: "Spare simplicity and the sheer radiance of his playing is done to heart rendering effect" (Uncut Jan 2008).”Forget every prejudice or stereotype that you may have of African music -this is Nick Drake meets 'Graceland', with echoes of Richard Thompson, BertJansch, the Chieftains, the country of Brazil and Robert Nestor. It really is that special". Nibs will showcase material from A Bird in the Hand, his soon-to-be-released album.

Admission fee R60 pp. Show starts at 19h30. Reservations recommended through Max on 031 206 2889 or 083 450 3270. Vegetarian meals available at R35 pp by prior reservation only. There will be a car guard on duty.

The museum coffee shop 'Ikhishi' is open for refreshments and light lunches from 11h00 to 15h00 Monday to Friday. Viewing by appointment 08h00 to 16h00 Mondays to Saturdays. Entrance R30 (R15 children) with discounted rates for groups of 10 and over. School visits by donation.

Phansi Museum is at 41 Cedar Road, Entrance on Frere Rd. (opposite 517 Frere Rd) Glenwood, Durban. Travel South along Manning Rd, turn left into Deodar Rd and right into Frere Rd, 0.4km up the hill, where you will find Roberts House at the corner of Cedar Rd and Frere Rd.

More information on 031 206 2889 or fax 031 206 1590 or email: info@phansi.com or visit www.phansi.com




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