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ACOUSTIC MOODS (article first published : 2007-09-13)

Acoustic Moods at the Dockyard Supper Theatre in Musgrave, features the music of Simon & Garfunkel, José Feliciano, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The ‘sit-down show’ (all the musicians are seated) takes the form of a laid-back soiree and also features the music of James Taylor, Christopher Cross, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Sting and others.

Acoustic Moods is made up of Albert Bristow on vocals and guitar, Ian Jones on bass and vocals, 18 year old Chris Brink on lead guitar, narrator Dave Arnold on flute, guitar and vocals, Musa Mtetwa (making a welcome return to The Dockyard) on keyboard and drums and Paul Cassells on drums and vocals.

When the musicians walked on stage, one of the reasons for a ‘sit-down show’ was obvious … Albert Bristow towers over the diminutive Paul Cassells! However, what Paul lacks in height is made up by his impressive drumming and vocal deliverance. His rendition of Don MacLean’s Vincent was superb. Funnily enough, Light My Fire performed by Albert Bristow, took me back to Will Young of Idols fame and not the original performer, José Feliciano.

This highly enjoyable and entertaining show had me meandering down memory lane. It featured the songs I grew up hearing at home. Songs like Simon & Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence, the Beatles’ And I Love Her and Crosby, Stills and Nash Teach Your Children.

Stuart Mey and the Dockyard Band recreated the Spirit of Woodstock in Acoustic Moods. This laid back soiree runs until October 14. Prices R170 include the show and a two-course meal (R190 for three-course meal). Non-diners R100 but seating preference is given to diners. There are Sunday specials.

The food is scrumptious, having had deep-fried calamari as starters and a main course of tender, succulent, sirloin steak, grilled to perfection and served with creamed spinach and butternut. My other half enjoyed smoked chicken and pineapple salad, with a main course of grilled linefish and chips.

Bookings or more information on 031 201 9147. – Pauline Dalais




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