Playing Duesenberg on the Road with Johnny Clegg

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We’re about three weeks into the 2016 Johnny Clegg north American tour and the custom-built Starplayer guitar that the guys at Duesenberg sent me has been a constant source of delight. I’m so pleased this tone machine arrived before we hit the road. In a matter of days this became my “go to” guitar for just about everything.

My eternal thanks to Ingo and Dieter at Duesenberg. Pics by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

EDIT: A few people have asked about the clean sound and the signal path on this guitar. The bridge on there is actually a Graphtech piezo acoustic pickup. The pot on the horn is mag volume. Two pots on the scratchplate are piezo volume and mag tone. Output – that is stereo with a balanced cable taking the signal via a Lehle DC Filter (to kill active rail voltage pops) to a Lehle stereo switcher (Little Lehle or 3@1, depending on the requirement) where it y-splits, mags to Kemper profiling amplifier and Piezo to the house via a PZ DI. I have control over the levels using the volume knobs, but our engineer has discrete control over both signals on separate channels and pans them slightly to widen the sound up.

I didn’t opt for all the extra switches to switch the acoustiphonic pre, etc. as I felt in the heat of battle, the simplest setup would be the most intuitive to play. Ingo at Duesenberg suggested using a single TRS (stereo) Jack rather than two mono TS outputs. It has worked swimmingly well

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Anthems of a Stranger has been launched in Jhb!

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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.

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Andy plays Tugela Crossing on his P22

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L-R Alistair Coakley (gtr), Tumie Mfecane (vox) and Hlengiwe Pitso (vox)

Guitars

Alistair Coakley and Andy Innes playing guitars

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Beauties and the beast (Tumie Mfecane, Hlengiwe Pitso, Andy Innes)

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Hottest rhythm section in town (Neill Ettridge – drums, Trevor Donjeany – Bass)

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Andy Plays 8-string Baritone on Ride to the Sea

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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)

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Anthems Launch in Jhb!

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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

Time: 19:30

Venue: Tanz Café, Fourways, Johannesburg

Tickets: R30, albums available to buy at the show

Event URLwww.facebook.com/events/202263319907042/

Online:

www.tanzcafe.co.za

shay@tanzcafe.co.za to book or call 011 658 0277

www.facebook.com/andyinnesmusic

www.andyinnes.com

Summary

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.

 

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