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.

Andy Innes

Andy plays Tugela Crossing on his P22

Alistair and singers

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

Guitars

Alistair Coakley and Andy Innes playing guitars

Andy Innes launch

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

Andy Innes Anthems launch

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

Andy Innes

Andy Plays 8-string Baritone on Ride to the Sea

Andy Innes launch

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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Monte Carlo

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I’m in the principality of Monaco today. We had a great show here with the Johnny Clegg Band on Saturday night – played at the Opera Garnier (named after the architect of this venue and the Opera in Paris) – a royal command performance, i.e. Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco told us to come and perform and we did. The opera just had a 26-million Euro overhaul and is a stunning venue.

It’s been a fantastic and unique experience, I met lots of interesting people, got some shopping in down the coast in Nice and generally had an interesting taste of how the other half lives. An amusing anecdote: Roger Moore (the real 007 as far as I’m concerned) was at our gig on Saturday, but I didn’t get to meet him. Whilst waiting for the ride into Nice yesterday I mentioned this to Princess Charlene’s dad, Mike Wittstock over coffee. “Roger Moore?” says he. “Not a problem!”

He promptly calls Roger Moore and, to my eternal amazement, hands me the phone. I had a three-minute chat with James Bond, who says he loved the show in his best “come here Moneypenny” voice. What a lark!

The Monte Carlo Opera is a 513-seater (filled for the show) and is right next to the Casino (the model for Fleming’s Casino Royale).  The after party was at Cafe de Paris. Some pics from the show and the after party follow below.

On another more provincial note, I will be back at Tanz cafe in Jhb, playing three songs for the semis of the Acoustic Anything series on the 9th of October. Feel free to pop in.

warming up for a trio gig at Tanz last week

Barry, Andy, Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, Verny

Monte Carlo Opera gig

opera garnier pre show

monte carlo opera ceiling detail

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