Basson Laubscher at the Cottage Club

A blank canvas. An empty page. Total musical expression. This is the blues blueprint which forms the creed of the Violent Free Peace, a loose collective of similarly-minded musicians who back the veteran South African guitarist Basson Laubscher.

Laubscher hails from Stellenbosch, continuing the rich musical legacy of the town that has spawned some of the country’s most beloved and critically acclaimed musicians, many of whom have shared a stage, a tent, a kombi and festival stage with Laubscher.

Laubscher’s musical influences and styles are diverse, ranging from Hendrix to Cash, rock to blues, English to Afrikaans. His professional musical career started when he jammed with Bertie Coetzee at school in the first incarnation of what would become Zinkplaat, a road-tested Afrikaans rock band who played hundreds of gigs from the West Coast to London during a decade-long career.

Laubscher has performed alongside countless top names at countless festivals.He

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Cape Smoke Band at the Alma Cafe

“Cape Smoke Band”.

In the early 1980s, Bill Knight and Lifelong Buddy, Richard Tait, sharing a passion for the Music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, formed the duo; “Cape Smoke”, performing mostly Original Music at numerous Venues and Festivals. They have collaborated over the years in many Projects, as well as pursuing numerous separate interests. They are Joined by Jono Tait (Electric Guitars), and Nick Catto, (Drums), both from “Hatchetman”; and with Long-time Friend and “Barleycorn Music Club” Stalwart, Jeremy “Jem” Stephenson, on Bass Guitar and harmony Vocals.

Together they bring a new and exciting treatment to Bill Knight’s “Kaapse Mengsel” Music.

Opening for them is Solo sensationalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ben Badenhorst, who delights in the unusual and unique. His blend of Dub, World, Afro-Beat and Jazz will have you kicking off your shoes!

Doors open at 7PM Booking Essential: Phone 021 685

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Caroline Blundell & Ben Badenhorst.


Caroline Blundell, (daughter of Legendary Musician, Musicologist and entertainer, the late great Keith Blundell) has been Performing since she was very young, on and off through the years. She has performed at the Voorkamerfest in Darling, and has also been playing with her Brother Jonny and Sister, Julie at Café Roux, the Alma Café, the Cottage Club, and various intimate House Concerts around Cape Town. Caroline’s latest CD, “Telling Tales”, has been received to enormous Critical acclaim. Expect a varied and entertaining programme of (mostly) original material, with great harmonies and guitar work and a good dose of humour.

Solo sensationalist and multi-instrumentalist and Producer Ben Badenhorst, delights in the unusual and unique. His blend of Dub, World, Afro-Beat and Jazz will have you kicking off your shoes!

Solo, they’re amazing; together they’re going to kick up a Storm! This Gig is absolutely Not

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Robin Auld at the Cottage Club

Slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar stylings and soul vocals all feature in the fresh and vibrant roots sound of Robin Auld. An award winning artist with an international CV spanning over twenty albums, he is a powerful and accomplished performer whose energy has uplifted audiences all over the world. Born in Lusaka, Zambia to Scots parents, Robin’s childhood was spent alternating between Southern Africa and Scotland; a journey reflected in the African and Celtic influences in his music. He learned to play the guitar by listening to Hendrix, Ry Cooder and Neil Young, also absorbing influences from the various guitarists of Southern Africa to make the contemporary mix of his music today. He had several hits in South Africa with producer Kevin Shirley, who has worked with Led Zeppelin and Joe Bonnamassa amongst others, before embarking on the journey to take his music abroad. He has performed and

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Digby & the Lullaby at the Cottage Club Sun 06 May

This endearing Indie-Folk Duo are back at the Cottage Club with a bagful of new Songs and some Popular Oldies.

Sunday Matinee: Doors open 4pm, Showtime at 5.

Bring own Drinkables and own Snacks.

R120, Cash at the Door:

Bookings Essential: 021 782 0931 or


Jennifer Eaves & Jono Tait at the Cottage Club: Sat 05 May


Two of our Finest Troubadour/Songwriters, Jennifer Eaves & Jono Tait, return to the Cottage Club with Songs, Stories and Friendly banter.

Jennifer has a whole new Album’s worth of Goodies for us, and Jono,too, has a few Delights up his sleeve!

Doors open 7pm. Show at 8.

R120. Cash at the Door.

Bring own Drinkables and Snacks.

Booking essential: 021 782 0931 or

Dax Butler & Maya-Rose at the Cottage Club

Fri 04 May.

The Inimitable Dax Butler is back at the Cottage Club this Friday, with his Engaging mix of Blues, Folk, and Gypsy- Balkan; aided and abetted by Maya-Rose, who is Establishing herself as a Fine Songwriter in her own right.

Doors open 7pm. Show at 8.

R120 in cash at the Door.

Bring own Drinkables and own Snacks.

Booking essential: 021 782 0931 or

Tailor at the Cottage Club

Known for her jaw dropping, raw and energetic live performances she is set for an exciting line-up of nine exclusive shows around South Africa.

The tour will embrace the stars transition from her first record “The Dark Horse” as well as second record “Light” and will feature more of an introspective look into Trust Part1. Playing hit songs from all three SAMA nominated albums, she is geared up to take you on an experience. Tailor’s story started at eleven in the milk section of a shopping mall where she performed a song about lip-gloss: the most valued possession of a young girl. Her first fan asked her why she was so quiet before her performance, and the young Tailor replied: “To save my voice, so I can scream on stage!”

Tailor’s 2013 debut album Dark Horse was nominated twice at the SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), she received another

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Rowan Stuart at the Cottage Club

South African singer-songwriter Rowan Stuart will support the release of his fifth studio album, ‘Faraway (Deluxe)’ with a special Cape Town album launch on Friday the 20th of April. With the release of brand new single ‘Survivors’, which is already receiving rave reviews and radio play across Southern Africa, Rowan continues to bring his own signature of Alternative Pop and Folk music to a wider audience. The album launch will take place at Cottage Club in Fish Hoek.

Rowan has previously collaborated with artists such as Tresor, Just Jinjer and Nibs van der Spuy, and has opened for many of South Africa’s top pop music acts.

His sound was motivated by a search for something deeper and more soulful within the landscape of modern pop music. Inspired by the rich storytelling of Sting, the intricate tapestry of African and World rhythms, and even the soundtracks to his favourite classic

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“Quark” at the Cottage Club

Quark is a collaboration between bassist Dan Wilson and singer-guitarist Fiona Tozer. Join us on a journey through space and time. Quark are back on the road again on their 2018 Cape Tour. They will be playing at venues down the Garden Route and in Cape Town from 8th to 21st April. Join them for a musical odyssey through Space and Time.Their new album Jetshock will be on sale.

Bookings Essential: 021 782 0931 or

Show: R140. Soup & Bread: R 30.(Order when Booking) In cash at the Door.

Bring own drinkables and own Snacks; or order soup when Booking.

Doors Open 19:00. Showtime: 20:00.

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