ABOUT Cape Town Folk Fest

The Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival brings to the stage the best of South Africa’s folk and acoustic talent in a unique concert setting.

2016

The 10th installment ran over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd August. The line up was as follows:

Friday 22nd August
Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Andre De Villiers, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Robin Auld, Farryl Purkiss, Digby and the Lullaby, Gerald Clark, Claire Phillips and Jennifer Eaves

Saturday 23rd August
Arno Carstens, Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Tony Cox, James Stewart, Josie Field, Laurie Levine, Wendy Oldfield, Heather Mac, Tim Parr, Lionel Bastos,, MacStanley, Andrew James, Sonik Citizen and Jasmine Minter

Photographs: Rob Piper

The 9th Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival was on the February 2016 at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. It was our highest attendance to date and once again an incredible line-up of South African acoustic artists took the audience on their personal musical journey.

The line-up was as follows:

Kahn Morbee [Parlotones] – BlackByrd – Donovan Copley [Hot Water] – Farryl Purkiss – Manouche – Natasha Meister – Blues Broers – TouchWood – Rory Eliot [Plush] – Crimson House – Fruit Vendor – Basson Laubscher and Majozi

Photographs: Rob Piper

The 8th installment ran over the weekend of the 7th and 8th August. The line up was as follows:

Friday 7th August
David Kramer / Tailor / Valiant Swart / Andra / Medicine Boy / Bill Knight / Roger Lucey Donovan Copley [Hot Water] / Wren Hinds Faye Oakes / Mac Stanley / Fruit Vendor / Chris Werge / Jasmine Minter / BlackByrd

Saturday 8th August
David Kramer / Tailor / Valiant Swart / Andra / Donovan Copley [Hot Water] / Mac Stanley
Nicky Schrire / Ariella Caira / Rocking Horse Timothy Hutchinson / Tony Cedras / Dave Reynolds / Basson Laubscher / BlackByrd

Photographs: Gale McAll

The 7th Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival was on the 22nd February 2015 at Cape Town’s most beautiful outdoor venue – Kirstenbosch Gardens. This show was incredibly well received and well supported with over 4500 people attending.

An incredible line-up of South African acoustic artists was put together – Ross Learmonth, Jesse Clegg, Ard Matthews, Guy Buttery, Andre’ De Villiers, Alice Phoebe Lou, Gavin Minter, Tina Schouw, Nick Turner, Paige Mac, Hassan’adas, Jennifer Eaves, and Hatchetman.

Photographs: Gale McAll

The 6th Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival “Collaboration” – was held on the 30th August 2014 at the Baxter Theatre. This was another Sold Out affair.

The line up was Vusi Mahlasela + Ard Matthews / Deep South + Errol Dyers / Reza Khota + Derek Gripper / Jesse Jordan + Mark Haze / Louise Day + Tatum / Farryl Purkiss + Digby and the Lullaby / Wayne Pauli + Nuka / Blacksmith + Dave Ferguson / James Grace + Saudiq Khan / Evelyn Hart + Carla Conradie / Touchwood + Jack Mantis, and Jeremy Douglas + Miles Sievwright.

Photographs: Rob Piper

The 5th installment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival took place at Kirstenbosch Gardens on the 16th March 2014.

This concert featured an incredible line-up of South African folk and acoustic artists. This sunset concert was a breathtaking experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of Arno Carstens, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Tony Cox, Albert Frost, Natasha Meister , Gerald Clark, Guy Collins, Luna Paige, Inge Beckmann, Joshua Grierson, Manouche, Beatenberg, Jeremy Olivier, Mark Fransman and Michael Lowman.

Photographs: Rob Piper

The 4th Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival 2013 “Collaboration” – 26th July at the Baxter Theatre was another sold out event.
25 South African artists performed completely acoustically in this intimate, concert hall.

The line up included – Anton Goosen + Gian Groen / Gerald Clark + Guy Collins / Jeremy Olivier + Ezra / Sannie Fox + Tim Parr / Andrew James + Gary Thomas [Cabins in the Forest] / Amanda Tiffin + Dave Ledbetter [Facing South] / Nick Turner + Paige Mac / Gavin Minter + James Stewart / Lucy Kruger + Shotgun Tori / Auriol Hays + Lionel Bastos / Caroline Blundell + Jonny Blundell + Julie Blundell [The Barking Family Tree] / Andy Lund + Emma Du Preez [Oh Mercy]

Photographs: Rob Piper

The 3rd Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival was on the 10th February 2013 at Cape Town’s most beautiful outdoor venue – Kirstenbosch Gardens. This show was incredibly well received and well supported with over 3000 people attending.

Again and an incredible line-up of South African acoustic artists was put together – Ard Matthews, Farryl Purkiss, Steve Newman, Andrew James, Guy Buttery and Nibs VD Spuy, Digby and the Lullaby, Tombstone Pete, Robin Auld and Wendy Oldfield.
We also released a DVD of this incredible show which can be bought by emailing gavin@realwiredmusic.com

Photographs: Belia Oh

The 2nd Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival on the 10th and 11th August 2012 was sold out and ran for two nights at the historical Fugard Theatre.

It featured an incredible line-up of South African acoustic artists plus Multi award-winning Shawn Phillips was put together [featuring] Gerald Clark, André de Villiers, Tina Schouw, Joshua Grierson, Larry Joe, Derek Gripper, Simon Van Gend, Dave Knowles, Emma Du Preez and Andrew James.

Photographs: Gorm Helfjord

2011

The very first Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival took place on Saturday 10th December 2011 at the CTICC, Cape Town. It was a huge success and set a positive precedent of how the events format is received.

Featuring established artists like Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery, Andrew James, Gary Thomas, Farryl Purkiss, Natasha Meister, Jack Mantis, Gavin Minter, Brian Finch, Christine Weir, Julie Blundell and Rory Elliot alongside new comers like Machineri, Philip Malan, John Ellis, Louise Day, Tombstone Pete, Janie Bay, Josh Roxton and Diesel Vanilla.

The event was an unbelievable success and an unforgettable evening for our audience of acoustic music die-hards and curious newcomers. CDs were sold out in the intervals and the audience reaction was a collective, “Wow!”.

Photographs: Jonx Pillemer