Old Town is Grace Newton on lead vocals, Jonathan Tait (Hatchetman) on guitar and backing vocals, Wouter Reyneke (Radio Kalahari Orkes) on bass, Christoph De Chavonnes Vrugt (Crimson House) on drums and Arno van Zyl (Crimson House) on banjo. Mainly drawing influence from old time traditional country western and bluegrass music, the band delivers their own fast paced and modern reading of the genre. Their first single, White & Black, was recorded early in 2018 which laid the groundwork for their forthcoming full-length album release.
These three cellists share an exciting vision for the Cello – to revisit and re-position an instrument that is often overlooked. The result is an act that leads the way in the electric string genre.
This all-female electric cello trio released their first self- titled 6 track EP in April 2017 (available on Itunes and at www.rosanthorn.bandcamp.com) Their album launch parties in Plett, Cape Town and Somerset West in 2017 were and instant success and tickets have been sold-out for all their public events to date.
Rosanthorn have set out a compositional and technical journey to explore all that the Cello has to offer across multiple genres and timbres, with the help of South Africa’s top composers and producers. Their repertoire includes recordings and re-interpretations of works as varied as Vivaldi’s Double Concerto in G Minor, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek. Anjulie Nock has composed new works such as Night Journey (with a stirring Game of Thrones feel) and an original Tango (think Scent of a Woman for Cello). The Parting, by Helmut Meijer, is a reflective, stripped-down, soulful composition which inspired their first music video.
Says Producer and Composer Helmut Meijer, ‘The sound of the 3 cello’s together is exquisite. This project is musically satisfying and a pleasure to record – I predict that Rosanthorn is going to be the talk of the town’
The Magic Shell is based on an African folktale and set in ancient times on the Wild coast. The first people lived in a time before people had any stories to tell. A married couple go on a journey to find stories. The wife goes on an adventure leaving the husband to look after the home and the children. On her way she learns from various comical wild animals; she is challenged to be brave and determined and to find stories in surprizing places. The story comes to life in English and isiXhosa with original songs and innovative masks. “So simple and magical. Really clever how it makes one use your imagination.” “Very creative and imaginative. Kids really enjoyed it!” “Lovely show, beautiful story and wonderful acting.”
This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets.
They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.
'Beautifully calibrated performances that captivated and drew you into a story well told. Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston drew you into the lives of Getrude Stein and Alice B Toklas with total conviction - the intimacy of the theatre enhancing the unfolding of their relationship. Full marks to Chris Weare for directing a complex script with a sensitive understatement that moved between pathos and humour so effortlessly' 'Brilliant. Effortlessly portrayed. An immersive love story.'
It’s a rare treat to see two actors at the top of their respective games in a powerful and poignant two-hander tour de force! Both Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston are superb in this wryly witty, tender piece detailing the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas.