Tony Cox Presents
INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT SOUTH AFRICA (IGNSA)
Summer Season – East Coast Tour 2012
Joel Fafard (Canada)
Tony Cox (South Africa)
International Guitar Night South Africa hits the road for the first time this coming summer. Once the main set of shows ends in Cape Town, IGNSA heads off on a tour of the East Coast that sees this remarkable series of world-class shows appearing at select venues between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay. Knysna is on the schedule!
IGNSA’s summer series 2012 brings a focus onto those acoustic guitar players who not only play the guitar purely instrumentally but who also use their skills to provide a scintillating and multi-textured accompaniment to their voices. This is in contrast to what is promulgated as the norm, whereby the song is sung with a bland strumming of the chords behind the voice.
Canadian Joel Fafard is a perfect example of this art and brings his evocative, thought provoking and hilarious show to Cape Town for IGN’s summer series. Local acoustic guitar guru, Tony Cox has toured extensively with Fafard in Canada and has this to say of the man:
“Joel is one of the true gents of this world, ridiculously talented, just simply a great player, great singer, humble and so very down-to-earth…in his shows, he gets all this across and delivers it all with a deadpan sense of humour, the combination is just killer!”
Also on the bill is South African acoustic guitar guru, Tony Cox.
International Guitar Night is a series of performances held every summer and winter to bring to our South African doorstep the world’s greatest and most accomplished acoustic guitar players of the world today. IGN’s main focus is on those players who use their right-hand fingers to individually pluck the strings creating bass, rhythm, melody and percussive lines all at the same time, like a mini-orchestra coaxed out by the fingers of the right hand.
He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe.
With his latest album, Cluck Old Hen, and its accompanying brand new live show, Fafard is using his uncommon skill as an entertainer to embark on a new musical mission: breathing new life into grand old numbers like ‘Can’t be Satisfied’, ‘Spoonful’, ‘Come on in my Kitchen’ and ‘Angeline and the Baker’.
His performances are as authentic as those of a Beale Street busker but infused with a touch of contemporary urban attitude. And his live show is pure polish and professionalism.
A gifted slide-fingerstyle player, Fafard earned a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Album for his 2006 collection and another thing… He was also nominated for both a Juno and a Canadian Folk Music Award. The album’s follow-up, Three Hens Escape Oblivion, received a second CFMA nod and was a runner-up for an International Acoustic Music Award. Meanwhile, Fafard’s music was featured in the TV shows Alice I Think and Road Trip Nation, his compositions were included on several well-respected guitar compilations, and he co-scored the Middle of Somewhere TV series with Jason Plumb. In 2008, he was commissioned by The Globe Theatre in Regina to write a one-man show of tunes with tales.
As he closes in on 20 years as a professional musician, Joel Fafard has traveled down several distinct paths: folk singer-songwriter, roots rocker, acoustic instrumentalist and now interpreter of Southern roots and blues. But regardless of which direction he goes in, his fans seem happy to follow, because Fafard has a few key attributes that remain constant. First, he is one of Canada’s most tasteful acoustic guitarists and one of the funniest and most personable entertainers on the circuit today. He is also an artist so brimming with authenticity that he’s not afraid to play exactly the style of music that feels most real to him in the moment.
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“”Fafard has begun to set himself apart from the legions of folksy Prairie singer-songwriters with the sort of instrumental prowess you’d expect from a fingerstyle deity. His style isn’t overly busy, but there are moments of genius” – Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press
“Go out and find this CD if you want some great fingerstyle guitar playing. Joël Fafard is a talented guitarist by any measure, and ‘Rocking Horse’ is a fine recording to let those of us outside of Canada know it” – Kirk Albrecht Minor7th.com
“As far as I’m concerned, the votes are in and the winner of the JUNO for Best Roots and Traditional – Solo Album is Joel Fafard for RockingHorse” – Monica Miller CKUA Radio, Alberta
Tony Cox has been described by one critic as one of South Africa’s finest musical exports. Blessed with an enviable array of guitar skills this multiple award-winning guitarist is just as affable and friendly off-stage as he is on. Along with his six-string prowess, Cox delivers up a mix of his laconic humour with a fair dose of story-telling; taking any listener on an aural journey that is at once new and simply unforgettable.
Born in Zimbabwe, Cox began to seriously hone his own musical style when his family moved to South Africa in the late 60’s. Here the young guitarist absorbed a wide array of influences not only from home but from all over the globe. His wide and eclectic approach sees him today as one of the worlds’ uniquely gifted guitar players and composers with an infectious flair for rhythm, serious afro-groove and soundscapes that stretch away to African horizons.
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Cox has won three South African music awards in the best instrumental category. He has collaborated and recorded with a whole host of South African musician greats, his thirty year-long association with fellow guitar ace and friend, Steve Newman notable among them. He now resides back in South Africa after a 2-year stay in the UK, teaches the guitar from his home in the Western Cape and continues to tour the country and the world.
“Cox baits the listener into rapturous moments of sublime guitar playing” – Craig Feris, What’s On Cape Town
“The strength and precision of what emerges from this man’s Mervyn Davis guitar is quite breathtaking” – Andrew Smith, The Press and Journal, Scotland,
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