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Alan Cameron
Two nights at Olympia
Alan Cameron grew up in a household where jazz was in the air. His pianist father would come home after gigs and jam into the small hours with other musicians. A 5 year old Alan would wake up and sit on the stairs listening to the piano, double bass, drums and trumpet, before being invited into a smoky lounge of swinging musicians by his mother. Starting out on trumpet and then saxophone, he settled on the piano influenced by Count Basie, Ellington, the then Dollar Brand, and Bill Evans.  He started his career playing with bands in the cross-over genres that were breaking boundaries in the Cape in the 80’s. He first came to prominence playing keyboards in Afrofunk outfits Peto and Gecko Moon, before branching out on his own and performing his instrumental compositions. He has performed his mix of upbeat jazz swing, ballads and calypso in the UK, Holland, France, Swaziland, Zambia, Namibia before settling in the vibrant and close community of Kalk Bay. His trio consists of Wesley Rustin, one of the Cape’s finest bass players, and Simon Annett on drums who interprets Alan’s songs in a very special way. Their new album “Two nights at Olympia” was recorded in the Olympia Bakery by Willem Moller and Robin Auld, and is available across all platforms via Shoreline/Next in association with Player-inspire.
Michael Canfield
Born to Boogie

Born in the munitions industry hub of New Haven, Connecticut, Michael Canfield was the fourth generation in his family to be in the entertainment business.

He grew up to the sound of the Big Bands…Glen Miller, Dorsey brothers, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, with his first musical memory being singing a Bing Crosby duet with his father.

Something of a child prodigy, he was playing at wedding and other circuit gigs from an early age,  looked after by the older guys who took care of him as they did us all. 

He discovered the bridge to rock n’ roll via bands like Blood Sweat and Tears, who fused the big band ethic with the boogie, and the journey into blues and the southern rock of bands like Little Feat and the Allan Brothers continued on arrival at Berklee in 1971 where he joined forces with a bunch of Southern boys for the next 14 years.

In the 80’s he moved to New York City, and it was there that he learned to survive. Having played with many of the biggest names in music Michael Canfield is at home playing club shows and huge rooms. But the street-hustle smarts he learned the hard way in New York means he can get in front of a bunch of people who have never heard of him before, and work them until they part with hard cash! He is at heart an entertainer. Moving to South Africa in 1997 he became an integral part of the South African scene, playing OppieKoppie countless times, running the Blues Room in Sandton, playing with acts like the Black Cat Bones, Radio Kalahari and Gerald Clark amongst others, touring nationally and developing his one- man band live show. The wellspring of Americana that flows through Michael Canfield’s music continues to connect him to music lovers both young and old.  There’s something ethnic about rock n’ roll with the dew still on it, the way he plays a shuffle. It’s the real deal. Country funk, ballads, apocalyptic visions, love songs. The new album “Born to Boogie” features sterling contributions from Albert Frost, Rayelle Goodman, Robin Auld, Riku Latti, Jeanette Claasen, Rob Nagel and Guy Collins.  Available on CD and online via Shoreline Songs/Next Music.

Tim Parr

Tim Parr first came to national prominence in the southern-rock blues band Baxtop, where he shared guitar duties with Larry Amos in the Joburg club scene of 1976. Rising quickly to the top of the club scene and winning the SABC battle of the bands, they recorded “Work it Out” for Warner Brothers in 1979, which remains an enduring classic. Tim then formed Ella Mental with Heather Mac, which was one of the most iconic 80’s bands to come out of South Africa. Playing out the 80’s festival circuit and securing many top 10 songs along with several no 1’s, they relocated to Ireland in 1986 and recorded an album with producer Stewart Levine, who failed to capture the bands essence.

Tim then returned to South Africa to form the Zap Dragons who gigged hard throughout that emotional period in SA’s history. His solo album “Still Standing” is a brilliant mix of country, pop, blues, soul and rock with the title track a firm favourite among SA audiences. The common thread throughout all these projects has been Tim’s expressive and soulful guitar playing, and unlike many guitarists his rhythm and textural playing is as distinctive as his lead work. He lives in Cape Town and is currently playing with his band the Greenworld Collective. New songs and albums are in the pipeline including some that will feature his piano playing, and we look forward to hearing more from this natural musician and songwriter in his ongoing journey!

Jamie Jupiter
First Team haha! 

Shoreline Songs in association with Player-inspire is very pleased to announce the online release of “First Team Daydream” by Jamie Jupiter. Since the heady days of the Honeymoon Suites, this talented performer and songwriter has waited 14 years to release a new collection of songs. A melodic singer/songwriter album, influences include blues, reggae, country, folk and jazz.

Based around the central core of Jamie plus guitar, it includes contributions from the likes of Jonno Sweetman, Rayelle Goodman, Buddy Wells, Nick Turner, Gene Kierman, Jonny Blundell, Simon Annet and Joe van der Linde.

Recorded for the most part at Shoreline in Kalk Bay, Willem Moller at Sharp St Studios also contribute several tracks. Available now across all platforms from Shoreline/Next music !!

Dax Butler

As a prominent part of the heady late 70’s and early 80’s Cape Town scene, Dax Butler and The Other Band provided a perhaps less strident but equally rebellious musical equation that tapped blues, country and African influences.  While they seemed set for future success, heroin and crack had other ideas for Dax Butler. Throughout the 30 or so hard years since those days, the one thing that Dax held onto and held sacred was his songwriting.

Recordings didn’t materialize, and guitars tended to disappear, but the flame was kept safe. With the help of Cape Town’s own T-Bone Burnett in the form of Willem Moller, Dax has emerged with two albums that tell us that amazing things can happen even late in the game. Junkie storyteller and outlaw songwriter, Dax’s songs employ dark humour, a desire to avoid the obvious, and a deceptively strict songwriter discipline. “Trouble in Mind” and “Drink in Everything” are fitting testaments to this artist’s resilience and talent.

Ronan Skillen

Ronan is a didgeridoo player, percussionist, producer and sound connoisseur. Over the years he has been exploring a fusion of tabla, percussion and didgeridoo by means of a hybrid kit which he designed.  He makes many of his instruments by hand, using natural objects such as seed pods, tree bark, cocoons, reeds and hide to create percussive sounds. Ronan has featured his sound in musical genres across the board, from classical, rock and folk to electro, jazz, world music and hip-hop. He’s performed in South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Lithuania, Swaziland, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia the UK and India, and has featured on many recordings and film scores. Recent accolades include the Swiss Artist Residency, SAMA award for ‘Best Instrumental Album 2009’ and making it into the top 20 albums of the decade with ‘Up Roots – Babu 2009’ He has performed with the likes of: Manu Dibango, Johnny Clegg, Rodriguez (Sugarman), Freshlyground and Guy Buttery. www.ronanskillen.com

Faye and Wren

Faye and Wren is a South African group fronted by singer-songwriter duo, Wren Hinds and Faye Oakes.

The outfit have crafted an honest and captivating sound performing on the African music scene and with their unique shows and appearances they have harnessed a dedicated listener-ship.
Faye and Wren is a South African group fronted by singer-songwriter duo, Wren Hinds and Faye Oakes.

The outfit have crafted an honest and captivating sound performing on the African music scene and with their unique shows and appearances they have harnessed a dedicated listener-ship.

Andy Lund

Andy Lund grew up surrounded by the ethos of the songer/songwriter via his father, who played guitar and piano songs by 70’s era songwriters such as Gerry Rafferty and Cat Stevens. Andy’s initial compositions for the band Roswell Kings were more of the rock persuasion, using alternative tunings and riff based forms to create his songs, but even at that stage he was using elements of blues and country which later became a large part of his writing.

An integral part of the Cape Town alternative scene, he has played all of SA’s major festivals as well as hosting the long -running showcase nights at House of Machines. His guitar playing can veer from grunge power-chord thrashing to country blues twang, and his songs encompass alt-country, blues and folk, referencing acts such as Ryan Adams and Jeff Buckley. He is currently recording a new alt-country album which we are very much looking forward to hearing!

Wendy Oldfield

First rising to national prominence as lead singer for the Sweat Band with the Kevin Shirley produced hit “This boy”, Wendy Oldfield’s powerful and soulful voice has been a fixture on the South African music scene for 30 years. A prolific songwriter and expert djembe player, she has continued to release albums with several radio hits such as “Living in the real world”, “Miracle”,  and her biggest hit “Acid Rain”.

She has worked with many of the top SA artists such as Steve Newman, Paul Hamner, Pops Mohammed, Gito Baloi and many others, along with fronting world music project Mondetta and winning best album for “On a pale blue dot”.  Her latest album “Supernova” continues her journey of combining the various influences of pop, blues, soul, dance and African styles. Recently she has also formed a duo with Robin Auld called AuldField, with several national tours and a CD to their name. An iconic and enduring South African lady of song.

Nick Turner

Accomplished Singer/ Songwriter and guitarist Nick Turner was the founding member of Sons of Trout in the late 90’s, and later one half of Mikanic, with fellow Trout Mike Rennie. Nick’s music effortlessly spans genres with influences ranging from Rock, Reggae, and Afro-Pop to Ghoema, hip-hop and jazz. He writes in both English and Afrikaans, with songs that are lyrically powerful, relevant, humorous and energetic. His music has a wide appeal, with performances that feature virtuosic musicianship.

Roger Lucey started writing and performing songs in the mid seventies in his hometown of Durban, South Africa. He had dropped out of high school and after being conscripted into the South African army for two years, earned a living as a taxi driver, crane driver on the Durban docks and a fitter on the oil refineries, all the while writing and singing in pubs and clubs around the city. From those early times his songs reflected the social and political situation in the country and when he moved to Johannesburg at the end of the seventies he recorded his first album, “The Road is Much Longer.”

Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh’s family house was filled with the songs of Danny Kaye courtesy of Steve’s mother Mary, who was of Irish extraction, and the songs of Cole Porter.

His father Reg, from Liverpool (settling Steve’s choice of football team)  was an accomplished whistler. The family did not play any instruments, but Steve sang with his brother and two sisters a variety of songs which they can still pull out of the bag when they get together.

After making an impression in the school choir Steve landed a part singing in the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Pirates of Penzance, beginning a long association with musical theatre. He has sung both lead roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, a world first, and been in many productions including Les Miserable, Handels’ Messiah, and David Kramers’ Poison.

The vocal skills required to do these parts added a unique sound to his other love…namely the blues.

Starting with an acoustic guitar in standard 6, Steve became familiar with the music of the 70’s singer/songwriters, and with the heritage of the blues.

His first band, The Steve Walsh Roots Rhythm band, landed a slot at the Good Hope Centre for a big concert that saw his sister Sue on the front page of the papers.

Since then, and through moves to Johannesburg, Jeffrey’s Bay and back to Cape Town, Steve has played with a large roll call of SA’s finest musicians, as well some international ones, and he counts Kelly Slater and Donovan Frankenreiter as  jam buddies from his time in JBay.

His original songwriting, while taking stock of American and British influences, has always had a large slice of warm blooded 3rd world flavour through the influences of singers like Bob Marley and Garland Jeffreys.  

A protracted battle with jaw cancer involving major surgery has been an ongoing struggle for Steve in recent years. However, that did not stop him from recording this album.  A wide mix of roots sounds feature on  “Lucky Packet”, produced by long time collaborator and Shoreline founder Robin Auld. The album features Lekka Band members Harvey Cohen on bass and Patrick Humphries on drums, with guest  appearances by some of Cape Town’s finest artists such as Dan Shout, Rob Nagel and Albert Frost.  Available on all platforms and at bandcamp.

Say hi to Steve at  https://www.facebook.com/Steve-Walsh-Music !  

Caroline Blundell

Caroline Blundell grew up steeped in the folk traditions of storytelling and fingerstyle playing that surrounded her from an early age. Her father Keith Blundell and her mother Pamela were folk icons in the South Africa of the 60’s and 70’s, with her siblings Jonny and Julie both becoming accomplished musicians in their own right.

She started playing guitar at 11 years of age and performed in a variety of line-ups throughout South Africa at festivals and folk clubs, becoming an experienced performer and guitarist. But songwriting was never at the forefront of her music and it was only with the release of Flying Visits in 2012 that she started exploring this side of her talent. Blessed with contributions not only from the cream of South Africa’s folk musicians, but from her brother and sister, this album was followed by Telling Tales in 2017. The authenticity of her voice, melodies and guitar playing came as no surprise to the musical community, and the interest in Caroline’s songs continue to grow apace and abroad.

Roger Lucey

Roger Lucey started writing and performing songs in the mid seventies in his hometown of Durban, South Africa. He had dropped out of high school and after being conscripted into the South African army for two years, earned a living as a taxi driver, crane driver on the Durban docks and a fitter on the oil refineries, all the while writing and singing in pubs and clubs around the city. From those early times his songs reflected the social and political situation in the country and when he moved to Johannesburg at the end of the seventies he recorded his first album, “The Road is Much Longer.”

The album was banned for possession and distribution and the security police launched a covert ‘operation’ to silence him. His second album “Half A Live” was also banned. The full story of those times only emerged a decade and a half later, when the policeman in charge of the ‘operation’ revealed the story to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Roger went on to work as a TV journalist covering the wars in Southern and East Africa and later in Madagascar, Bosnia and Chechnya. He left the news industry after more than a decade to join ‘Theater for Africa’, an environmental theater company, producing two of his own plays and acting, composing and playing music for many others. He later joined etv, as editor and presenter of a nightly arts/news program. He was awarded the Arts and Culture Trust award for his work in publicizing the arts in South Africa. He has conducted several courses in television journalism and documentary production in the SADC countries and in SA. In May 2010 he graduated as valedictorian from Duke University’s Graduate Liberal Studies program. His final project, an autobiography Back In From The Anger was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Alan Paton award for non fiction. He taught for two years at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, during which time he performed several concerts in the USA. At the time his work was featured in the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Modern Culture in Gotteburg, Sweden. He returned to etv to work on major documentaries on Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. He was a featured artist at the Incroci de Civilta literary festival in Venice and the Vicenza Poetry festival in 2016 and toured Italy, Sweden and Denmark in the same year. His work is the subject of doctoral theses at universities in Venice, Vienna, and Rhodes university. In 2016 he received a lifetime achievement award at the South African Music awards as well as the Moshito award for his contribution to South African music. Roger now lives in Napier, Western Cape where he has recently completed his second book and continues his work as a songwriter.

John McGuinness and Vince Lewis

John McGuinness and Vince Lewis’s  “Greetings from Philadelphia” has been a project that has been some time in coming…50 years, to be exact.  From being soloists together in the choir at Boston Primary School in 1967, they travelled different paths and many miles until reconnecting in 2016, a meeting that resulted in a new found synchronicity and to the album recorded at Vince’s studio in Philadelphia in the Western Cape.

While his older siblings were all born in Dublin, John McGuinness was the first child born in Africa to Irish parents who had left Ireland for the new world. His father played drums and his mother played the piano (mainly the black keys!) with local musicians coming for the Sunday sessions at the house. With his older brothers playing in bands as well John started singing early on in high school groups, and with Adrian Bekker started “The Workers” who played the alternative end conscription campaign Cape Town scene with shows at the Space Theatre and Yellow Level amongst others. Primarily motivated by guitar players, John’s musical influences ranged from blues to pop to funk to jazz, along with African influences such as Edie Nederlander and Johnny Clegg. A prolific writer, he relocated to London in the early 80’s and picked up interest from several major league players. However, the combination of London boycott mentality and the drive from management to push John into a very African direction was not a positive environment for this diverse and eclectic songwriter and he returned to SA when Mandela was released. An encounter with his old Boston Primary choir companion Vince Lewis resulted in an instant musical connection.. and a song, “Tony’s Dog”…expressing their mutual disappointment over a new Tony Joe White album! Studio sessions followed and after going through many songs they arrived at the selection that makes up the album. Apart from one regrettable year of having a day job, Vince Lewis is a seasoned veteran of the famous Holiday Inn/Southern Sun circuit that stretched from South Africa to the then Rhodesia. The son of a classically trained pianist mother, Vince started professionally as a guitarist in the thriving music scene of PE in the 70’s with the band Barnaby Rudge, and moved onto bass throughout stints with hard-working outfits like Razzle, the Joe Parker Band and On Line. After decades of working the circuit Vince did what we all dream of, moved to the farm and started running a successful garden nursery business. While he stopped playing live, without the constraints of the cover scene his music took on new life with original ideas coming to the fore. The freedom to write and record his own songs resulted in him releasing a solo album, “Paradise”, through Polygram, and his return to playing live (after much hassling by a neighbour) was kick-started by a jam with John at his birthday. The rest, as they say, is history..and also the title of their first single! While both have very varied tastes, Vince brings the rock-solid bottom end of his early influences Credence, Led Zep and Black Sabbath to the musical equation while John’s melodic guitar playing and at times Celtic sense of song makes for a both familiar and yet fresh sound. Shoreline Songs is very proud to be presenting “Greetings from Philadelphia” online, and we look forward to hearing more!

Tony Cox
Enormous Flowers

Zimbabwean born Tony Cox is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter with a body of work that stretches five decades. Learning to play on a Hawaiian guitar at 9 years old in Kwe Kwe in the then Rhodesia, he progressed on to classical and the acoustic guitarists of the time such as Leo Kottke and Bert Jansch.

Composing was a part of his playing from very early on, and on his family’s move to Cape Town he heard the indigenous guitarists of Southern Africa and in particular Maskandi artists such as Noise Khanyile and Sipho Mchunu. This informed the development of his unique style which blends, in a seamless and natural way, the styles of the classical and Western masters with the sounds of Southern Africa. His music has taken him all over the globe where he has received glowing reviews at some of the biggest international guitar festivals such as Edinburgh and Lewes. Based in Knysna on the Western Cape’s garden route, he balances his online teaching programme with family life and performing live both home and abroad.

Chris Tokalon

Chris Tokalon who sadly recently passed, was a musician who played sax, flute and hang drum and was also well known a sound therapist and recording artist. He had played in South Africa since 1979 in a wide variety of collaborations which have been at the forefront of local original music over the years – African jazz ensembles, theatre musicals and cabarets. He had performed around SA with various bands and artists such as Steve Newman, Tony Cox, The Jazz Hounds and Paul Hamner to name a few.

His solo show as “The Marvellous Mouth” in which he was known for an astonishing ability to mimic and combine musical instruments, birds, animals and people in performance. As a sound therapist he developed a natural ability for overtone singing and creating evocations of natural sounds as part of a transformational process in the sound journeys he was famous for. His work produced five CDs combining meditative and world music , especially composed for relaxation and upliftment. His music has received acclaim from musicians , therapists and all who have had magical sound experiences with him. Here is a link to a youtube video of the Marvellous Mouth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkQyBt59lb8 Website: http://soundman.co.za

The Sunshines

Founded by Skye Wilson and Gregory Schoeman in 1993, the Sunshine’s album Removable Tattoos stands as one of SA’s best pop records of all time. Tunesmiths of the first order, Skye’s original and melodic phrasing was the perfect foil for Greg Schoemans jangle rock guitar,  and they built their solid rep on the live circuit that thrived around the buzzing Rockey Street of early 90’s Johannesburg.

Recorded by Lloyd Ross for Shifty Records, tunes such as “Wanna make love”,  “Happy Person” and “Judy” were perfect radio hits that resulted in the band playing every major festival alongside the best of SA’s 90’s poprock boom.  Shoreline is very pleased to be able to offer this album online, but also to be able to release these talented artists’ solo albums recorded in recent times. Watch this space for Skye’s “Transformme” and Greg Schoeman’s “In my street”!

gaëllou
Gaëllou is a truly one-of-a-kind, South African singer / songwriter / multi instrumentalis / visual artist. Gaëllou is also the name of her band and new project.
 
The variation of her name originates from her very young years in France, where adding ‘ou’ makes a word a diminutive of the original, much like adding ‘tjie’ in Afrikaans. Her aunt and grandmother called her Gaëllou and it stuck.
 
Although (fittingly) small in stature Gaëllou’s songs are massive. They tell stories through the music, based on her own experiences and the content of her poetry. Crunchy and thought-provoking her lyrics paint a picture of her life-long struggles with abuse and addiction and deal with them head-on, through discovery, hope and the promise of new beginnings. Her aim is to give a voice and inspiration to others who have suffered similar battles.
 
Backing Gaëllou in her band are well known local musicians, Grant Jackson on electric and acoustic bass, Kathleen Eggers on strings and Derek Craig on percussion and drums. Gaëllou perform powerful acoustic and electric arrangements of their unique ‘folk-rock’ musical sound.