Jennifer Eaves & Jono Tait at the Cottage Club. Fri 12 Jan.

Both Jenny and Jono have built up considerable performance experience over their years in the industry, both as solo performers and as members of and respective creative minds behind popular Cape Town bands Jenny and the James’ and Hatchetman ( The two have developed a new concept project which takes the form of a conversational and very informal “masterclass” type performance. The two engage in a combination of musical performance of solo songs, collaborations and some handpicked covers interspersed with conversations on various topics including music, the industry, songwriting, performance, personal anecdotes and the realities of life as a musician in the 21st century. Together, Jenny and Jono have two sets worth of exquisite, delicate and powerful original music. Their styles, while both adhering to the folk genre, are vastly different in sound, scope and content. The combination of these two powerful voices and musical creators match one another

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Doc MacLean at the Cottage Club

Doc is a weathered, wily, but infinitely likeable storyteller/performer. Writing from the dark side of the blues highway, Doc’s distinctive vocals and bare fingers National guitar plot an intense, emotional remapping of contemporary Delta blues and roots music. Forty-five years ago Doc was playing Charlie Patton songs in Son House’s living room. From back porch to big porch. The storyteller. An emotional remapping of contemporary delta blues. At one time Blues Revue Magazine called him the “Prince of Darkness.” There’s redemption here beyond the simple, acoustic medium – and an appeal that reaches well beyond the Crossroads. It’s a career built on hard travel and performance. Early roots in Mississippi. Chicago. Atlanta. Canada. The Six. Months and years spent living in cars, sleeping on floors, cheap hotels. Repeat appearances at some of America’s best folk and blues venues. A lifetime spent on the Blues Highway with some of its most

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Traveller at the Cottage Club

TRAVELLER – An authentic experience of the Great American Songbook. They play Western, Roots, Bluegrass, Country & Folk music dating back to a time when Music was a way of life, an expression of human existence itself. The heartache, the joy, the work, the play, sin and redemption all rolled into one. They will not compromise the integrity of their sound nor song in favor of modern expectations of the commercial kind. With a stage presence connecting with an audience of all ages and all walks of life, one finds yourself quickly transported to an interesting world of vivid imagery. Whether listening to TRAVELLER’s renditions of old song, or their Own Original Music, it’s easy to find one’s mind wandering into the deep of the human heart as well as the pleasures we all share with some good old laughter medicine and a choice selection of very well known

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Tina Schouw at the Cottage Club

Tina Schouw is a ‘heartist’ who uses music and words as a medium for healing and inspiration. She is a singer/ guitarist; a songwriter, a storyteller; a performer; a teacher and inspirational speaker. Her music is an eclectic blend of folk, jazz, pop and Brazilian.

“I regard myself as a spiritual and cultural warrior whose role as an artist in society is to write and perform work that reflects personal and humane issues which affects us all. Music is the gift bestowed on artists to bring light into the world. It is my intention that through my reflections on love, life and humanity, that the work of my music and writing, will be a mirror that heals and inspires all to grow and see ourselves as enough and to recognise that everyone and everything on this planet matters.”

Tina performs locally and abroad. Her international appearances include performances in

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Auriol Hays at the Cottage Club.

Auriol Hays at the Cottage Club.


The Rumi quote (‘We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust’) was jotted in my first songbook when I decided to become a musician,” Auriol confirms in introduction as to what can best be described as the most enlightened stage of the truly gifted artist’s life yet.

“This particular quote has great significance, as I believe that all we can do, while we are here, is try to understand love in all its various forms. In the end that is what makes us human. It’s what drives me both on and off stage…”

Authentic and sincere are but a few words that best describe Ms. Hays’ musicality. Blessed with a powerful, sultry thick-as-molasses voice the SAMA nominated songwriter unseats her audience. Deep, delightful and a mirror reflection of life experiences – Auriol Hays is no mere musician. She is a

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The Legendary Larry Amos


The Legendary Larry Amos is at the Cottage Club this Friday 22 September.


Co- Founder of BAXTOP, the LARRY AMOS BLUES BAND, THE NAUGHTY BOYS, and collaborator with Tim Parr, Fuzzy Marcus, Bruce Williams, Robbie Robb, Willem Fourie,  Johnny Fourie, Alistair Cokley, Mike Faure, George Worthmore, Jethro Butho, Julian Laxton, Mike Slavin, Shaun Phillips, Ronnie Domp, Willem Van Der Merwe and numerous others.



Entrance for the evening: R 150. (Cash at the Door). Arrive at 7.00ish -show starts 8.00ish.

Pre-Bookings only! Phone Bill on (021) 782 0931 or mail us at to book or for more info.

Bring your own drinks, hard and soft, (not licensed) and bring your own snacks, (or order Soup of the day for R30.)

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Piet Botha & Jake Gunn at the Cottage Club.


Piet Botha began writing songs and forming bands while still at school and his first professional gig was as an acoustic duo in 1974 at a local drinking hole in Pretoria. From 1981 to 1983 Piet Botha was involved with Wildebeest which was one of the first bands to mix rock music with Afrikaans lyrics and recorded ‘Bossies’, a song about the South West African / Angolan Border War, which was very much a no-no during those Apartheid times. In 1984 he co-founded the Blues Rock group Jack Hammer which is more than just a band, it is a collective of musicians that has somehow survived the strange machinery that is the South African music industry and produced some sterling original albums over the years. Since their first performance the one constant factor in the band has been the man affectionately known as “Hammer”, Piet Botha. During 1997

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Sat 26 Aug: Miriam Erasmus at the Cottage Club

Miriam Erasmus, (known in the UK as Miriam Backhouse), has honed her talents to a fine art during a lifetime of entertaining everyone from toddlers to ‘tender-years’. Her beautifully trained bel canto singing, finely tuned guitar playing and easy going ‘banter’ make her performances a joy to listen to.

Miriam’s repertoire covers lullabies to light opera, but her forte is singing folk songs, when her ability to fit her voice, and guitar playing, to the mood of the song shines through.

She has put together a collection of some of her favorite live recordings over the years on “Best Loved Folk Songs”.

As a teenager in the ’60s she was influenced by the British Folk Tradition and the new songwriters emerging worldwide; Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen to mention a few. These composers are reflected on her album “African Rose”.

The American folk singer Joan

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Sun 20 Aug : Reg Meuross.

REG MEUROSS “…sounds like a forgotten, American 60s classic with echoes of Dylan, Tom Paxton & Leonard Cohen” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

Reg is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary folk writing at its best. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. His appearances at folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, and his highly acclaimed solo albums have now established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords).

In the mid-1980s Reg Meuross formed the Panic Brothers with Richard Morton, mixing Americana with humour and slick harmonies. Then came the Flamingos, Hank Wangford, and now 11 solo albums and performances at folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK and abroad have established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords). Geoff Lakeman has

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Sat 19 Aug: Jenny & the Jameses.

Jennifer Eaves is one of my favourite Singer-Songwriters, who is justifiably gaining recognition around the Country. Her Lyrics are Poetic, Insightful and deeply moving, which, coupled with her Mastery of Guitar and Piano, make her a Force to be reckoned with! A True Troubadour, indeed! James Hall and James Harvey, are the younger members of the Legendary Blacksmith, and Maestro instrumentalists and vocalists in their own right. (They seem somehow, to improve their remarkable skills every time I see them ! ) On-stage, these 3 Formidable Musicians are guaranteed to provide an evening of Spellbinding Performances and engaging banter.

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We were blown away by the hospitality and quality of sound at cafe Roux Cape Town when we had the privilege of performing

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