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VIDEO: Kevin Abraham returns to the stage to present Folkify!

Feb 16, 2017
VIDEO: Kevin Abraham returns to the stage to present Folkify!

Kevin Abraham returns to the stage with an evening of original and rediscovered music in his new show, Folkify!

Kevin’s first real introduction to performing acoustic music was at the Queens College Folk club, under the legendary Hennie Van Der Mescht.

Later, as a young adult, he became involved in the iconic Four Winds Folk Club, an institution that nurtured many excellent players over the years. It was here that he began to develop his strong finger picking and signature vocal style.

“The inspiration behind my music is the understanding of classical, traditional folk music. A lot of it comes from the Celtic areas, namely Scottish music and Irish music. Interestingly enough, a lot of the indigenous African music that we hear today has obviously been affected by people that came over from Europe, because if you listen to the masculine rhythms of Nqabanga you can hear a lot of the Celtic rhythms in it. So I feel, by having immersed myself in folk music, that there is an African feel to it.”

In the mid-eighties, he left SA to try his luck “overseas” and created a highly successful career as a solo artist.

On a visit to SA in 1991, Kevin, with his wife, Michal, decided to “stay awhile” in his home town, Port Elizabeth. It wasn’t long before they were putting down roots, and from this base, he continued his career as a “pro muso” for many years, before moving into Research. After having quit professional music, Kevin has limited himself to three or four performances a year, mainly for local fans.

Events overtake us. In Kevin’s case, his passion for Research became a full time career, taking him on some wild and wonderful adventures. Over time, live performances took a back seat. He’s finally decided to take the advice of good friends from the music world, and go out and share his love of acoustic music again.

The title of the show and its theme is “Folkify”. It’s a simple concept: Uncomplicated, unaffected acoustic music. It’s a chance to rethink the arrangements of Kevin’s original songs and ballads. It’s also an introduction to his interpretation of a range of some of our favorite pop and rock songs re-imagined within his style of Folk music. So although the show is mainly original, there are plenty of familiar songs to enjoy, too.

Kevin brings his unique songs and interpretations, strong vocals and years of experience on acoustic guitar. He’s accompanied by Janet Sklar on violin, and Kristo Zondagh on Percussion. Both Janet and Kristo are acclaimed artists in their own right; versatile and highly talented. They bring a rich, very satisfying element into the Folkify performances.

“The audience can expect to hear a variety of songs. There will be original songs, then there are going to be cover versions reimagined acoustically. So if the audience enjoys acoustic sounds then this show will resonate with them,” said Kevin.

“Although I often have young people come to my shows, I think the age group that will really enjoy it are ages 40 and up.” He said.

There will be three shows in PE. In keeping with Kevin’s principle of supporting local causes through his performances, one of the shows will be in aid of the Walmer Angel Project, who work tirelessly for kids in need.

Folkify Kicks off at ART ON TARGET on the Target Kloof Road in Port Elizabeth, on 24th Feb, and also 1st and 3rd of March. From there, the trio head to Grahamstown, and then the Garden route, ending in a series of shows in Cape Town that start in the week of 18th March.