It’s been on shelves for a bit, but we officially christened this album release with a shindig at Tanz Cafe Fourways on Tuesday night. With a fantastic Band (Neill Ettridge – Drums, Trevor Donjeany – Bass, Alistair Coakley – Guitar, Ashish Joshi – Tabla, Hlengiwe Pitso – Vocals, Tumie Mfecane – Vocals and Andy Innes – Guitar / vocal) the gig went down really well with rave reviews from all who came along. The band whipped through a set of Seven tracks from the Anthems of a Stranger release to thunderous applause from the large audience. This showcase was just the precursor to more upcoming shows, to give the audience and press a taste of what’s in store and to highlight some of the album material.
Thanks to everyone who turned up and special thanks to the “profile” guests who took the time to come and help celebrate.
A special thank you to Andy Furtner at Gearhouse, who provided cabling, mults and splitters for the live recording and a HUGE thank you to the Gearhouse affiliate Ledvision (under the able leadership of Richard Baker) who provided the immense video wall that you can see featured here behind the band. Thanks also to Warren Gibson from Plug Music for his efforts and to Jules (who also did the MC gig, incidentally) and his team from Sstream who shot multi-camera footage of the show. Thanks to Raeven Brough for doing a great job at the guitar tech position too. Last but not least, a huge thank you to Desiree for everything she does so exceptionally well.
The launch T-shirts and CD will be available here from Friday 09/11/12.
Andy plays Tugela Crossing on his P22
L-R Alistair Coakley (gtr), Tumie Mfecane (vox) and Hlengiwe Pitso (vox)
Alistair Coakley and Andy Innes playing guitars
Beauties and the beast (Tumie Mfecane, Hlengiwe Pitso, Andy Innes)
Hottest rhythm section in town (Neill Ettridge – drums, Trevor Donjeany – Bass)
Andy Plays 8-string Baritone on Ride to the Sea
Ashish Joshi (tabla) and Neill Ettridge (drum kit)
Here are some related reviews and articles:
http://cleonecassidy.blogspot.com/2012/11/pure-genius.html (Cleone Cassidy’s Blog – she said it was pure genius, we like this)
http://museonline.co.za/news/andy-innes-releases-debut-album-anthems-of-a-stranger/ (Muse announcement and article)
On Tuesday the 6th of November, I’ll be at the official Joburg launch for Anthems of a Stranger, playing a set of tunes from the album. The CD will be available there, along with Tees and some other unique giveaways. Come and see what all the fuss is about.
Event: Andy Innes’ debut solo album launch of Anthems of a Stranger
Date: Tuesday 6 November 2012
Venue: Tanz Café, Fourways, Johannesburg
Tickets: R30, albums available to buy at the show
Event URL: www.facebook.com/events/202263319907042/
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The launch of Andy Innes’ debut album, Anthems of a Stranger, takes place at Tanz Café on 6 November with a live performance by Andy and an all-star band. R30 entrance and the album will be available to buy at the show.
Anthems of a Stranger, the debut solo project from multi-talented musician Andy Innes, is a mix of world folk-rock, hard-hitting social commentary and elegant instrumental interludes. Andy is also the musical director, guitarist and backing vocalist for the Johnny Clegg band. His 14-track offering has a multitude of collaborations and combines arrangements of maskandi guitars and mbaqanga with more mainstream rock sounds. Named after a line from the socially reflective track Aliens, the album is a blend of lyrically emotional gems and instrumental magnificence which showcase Andy’s gentle vocal abilities in the first eight songs before affirming his talent and technical guitar abilities in the remaining six tracks.
Andy Innes – Anthems of a stranger – Comfortable crossover
Andy Innes, solo artist and musical director for Johnny Clegg’s touring band, is one of those English-speaking artists (others include Tom Fox, James Stewart and Lionel Bastos) who, without resorting to world music clichés, is able to convey a sense of “Africa-ness” in music that fits comfortably into what most would define as “Western” pop.
25 September 2012 | BRUCE DENNILL
7/10 ANDY INNES – ANTHEMS OF A STRANGER (KHANGULA)
Innes’s profile is such that he’s able to include a long list of artists similarly comfortable with his crossover style on this album – Johnny Clegg; Barry Van Zyl; vocalists Mandisa Dlanga, Hlengiwe Pitso and Bongani Masuku; drummer Kevin Gibson and many more.
The agreeably grown-up songs that come out of that mix of talents are great, with love song Desiree (dedicated to Innes’s wife) and Angels being the best of a strong selection.
Six of the entries on the tracklist are instrumentals, underlining the breadth of skill and creativity at the disposal of Innes and his motley crew.
And within that bunch, there is great scope as well, with Gitane being a hyper-active, jumpy tune and Delilah a soothing, melodic musing. – BD
Also see Bruce Dennil’s interview / article from 24/09 heritage day issue: Citizen September 2012 article online