After-Hours Lightning PA Sale

Paul Bothner Music Plumstead is hosting the biggest PA sale of 2015! One Night Only!
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To mark the end of May Ministry Month, we at Paul Bothner Music are having a MASSIVE sale on all PA gear. This sale will run from 18:00-22:00 on Wednesday the 27th and only at Paul Bothner Music in Plumstead. Everything from single cables to combo’s big enough to power your church will be on special. If you miss this sale you will regret it!

Scared of heading out at night in case Eskom leaves you in the dark? Well fear not, as the Plumstead branch will not be load shed on the 27th after hours. {load shedding schedule}

There will also be a FREE WORKSHOP from 18:30. The workshop topic is:An Introduction to House of Worship Sound Reinforcement and is going to be presented by the legendary Dave Subkleve

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mornayThe Gospel Drummer: Essential Concepts, on Saturday 23rd at Paul Bothner Music in Table View.

Mornay Hoffmeester, professional session drummer and teacher, will share his knowledge and experience of the subtleties of Gospel drumming as he covers topics like clean drumming, understanding what to do and when, rudiment concepts, fill concepts, and session styles.

Mornay, a graduate of the Campus of Performing Arts and the London School of Music, lectures at the Cape Music Institute and is owner of Cape Drummers Lab. He has performed with the likes of Chevelle Franklin, Judith Sephuma, David Kramer, Jonathan Butler, and many more local and international greats.

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johnSong Arranging for Praise and Worship Bands on Saturday 23rd at Glenwood Village Music, Durban, presented by John Costopoulos.


In this workshop, John Costopoulos will look at how to arrange a song to suit the size and skill level of your praise and worship group. Using chords and arrangement to make an easy song sound fuller or taking a hard song played by a 12-piece band and breaking it down so that a 4-piece can still make the song sound big. John will also talk about playing as a worship team, learning to listen to one another, learning to pull back and leave “space” in the music.

John has been performing as a musician for 50 years, including playing drums, bass, guitar, flute, and singing in bands, theatres, and as a solo performer. He has worked as an arranger, musical director, and studio producer. The last ten years have seen John active as a worship director.

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WIN a XPS-10 Synth. Simply head to your nearest Roland Stockist and take a pic!

As part of the Roland National Keys Month, Roland South Africa are giving away a Roland XPS-10 Synth.

Entry is easy!

1. Visit a music store that stocks Roland products anywhere in South Africa during Roland’s National Keys Month in May

2. Take a photo of yourself with any Roland keyboard product

3. Enter your photo below, or post it on the Roland South Africa Facebook page (along with the #RolandKeysMonth tag)

Plus you can Tweet or Instagram your pic (with the #RolandKeysMonth hashtag) and get extra entries!

To enter follow {this link}

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The Bluestown Sessions at Mercury

Blues Jams in a relaxed atmosphere with top Blues Musicians on the second & last Thursday every Month.

Where:The Mercury Live, Cape Town
When: Thursday 9pm
Cover: R20

The Bluestown Jam Sessions has been running for some time now. It’s a great evening out! You never know what to expect, or who will be playing. A variety of musicians, from guitarists to saxophonists, can go onstage and join the house band, for a jam. Mirroring the idea of “Cutting Heads”, which made Blues what it is, but without the element of competition!

The house band for the evening will be Acid Blues. You can expect an evening of bluesy, funky, slightly psychedelic magic.

James Kibby – Guitar and vox
Maurice Paliaga – Bass and amps
Richard Pickett – Drums and ohms



  • The format of the evening includes having four musicians onstage playing sets of classic standards and improvised Jams.
  • Guests will join them through the night.
  • The Evening opens with a young up and coming Blues Band.
  • Anyone who wishes to be a guest or be part of the House Band can contact Charlie King on the evening.

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This Week at Barleycorn


Carlo has put together a fantastic Celtic show for Monday 18 May. Check the Lineup!


Kathryn Swain is a 21 year old singer/songwriter with big dreams. Born in Cape Town, she spent her early childhood there before relocating with her family to Nashville, Tennessee and thereafter to Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK before returning to Cape Town in 2010.

Described as “the girl with the golden voice”, her acoustic performance has opened opportunities for her to play on numerous stages in and around Cape Town, as well as on the Blue Lobster stage at the Oppi Koppi Festival in 2013. Notably, she also worked with MSC Cruises internationally in late 2014, entertaining their guests on the Portuguese Island in Mozambique and recently opened for popular Indie folk duo “Digby and the Lullaby”.

Kathryn has recorded her first alternative pop album entitled “Little Box of Memories” with producer Duncan Mackay of Down South Studios, who himself played keyboards for 1970’s megaband 10CC. For more information on Kathryn, visit or contact Michael Swain on +27 72 270 1217.


Carlo is a longstanding Barleycorn supporter, performer and recently also committee member. Original bassist for the Flaming Firestones (forerunner to the Blues Broers which preceded the Boulevard Blues Band), he currently performs on Upright Bass and Vocal Harmonies for Blacksmith. He is also a member of A’ Cappella Quintet “The Offbeats”. Carlo enjoys a wide taste of musical genres which he explores and applies to create a fresh and interesting musical expression. Carlo will be performing and singing an acoustic finger-style guitar set of some old and some new covers and originals.


If you love that Celtic sound and feel like some guid Scottish humour, then button up your fly, grip onto your trouser belt and get yourself down to the club for Christine Weir and the Kilts!

The group features songs from Christine Weir’s album Invision, also showcasing some of the most beautiful Scottish and Irish standards such as Mull of Kintyre, Danny Boy and popular songs like 500 Miles by The Proclaimers.

The Cast comprises of siblings Christine and Graham Weir of “Not the Midnight Mass” fame, with Christine on lead vocals, Graham Weir on vocals and percussion, Matthew Weir on vocals, guitar and bass, Rayelle Goodman on violin, with piano and keyboard by Trevor du Buisson. Their full show will run at the Alma Café on 24th May, 28th June and 2nd August. For more information and to book call 021 685 7377.


James Hall (violin and vocals) and James Harvey (accordion, whistles/flute, folk harp & vocals) are highly talented members of the Bluegrass band Blacksmith. They also perform as a duo and have played numerous times at the annual Maynardville Festival, at the Barleycorn and at venues such as the Alma Café, Cottage Club and The Annex. James & James are currently marketing their debut album entitled “I”.

Jennifer Eaves is a Fish Hoek based Cape Town folk musician with a degree in music from UCT, with majors in voice and piano. She has been gigging in and around Cape Town since the age of 16 and has quietly built a solid reputation for crafting meaningful, heartfelt, well crafted, beautifully played folk songs with strong messages.

She is a skilled guitarist and pianist with a soaring vocal range who believes that a song should take you on a journey and the final destination is yours to imagine. Jennifer is currently marketing her latest EP “Land of Lonely”, which has a strong Celtic folk flavor.

She has song-writing credits for a number of film projects both locally and internationally, has opened the last two installments of the CT Folk and Acoustic Fest concerts in the Baxter and at Kirstenbosch and also treated the crowd to an unforgettable set at the Barleycorn Festival concert at the Baxter.

James, James and Jennifer will perform material from their albums including a range of Celtic traditionals, East European and Gypsy classics as well as some super brand new material they have recently recorded. Do not miss this magical trio!

The Barleycorn meets every Monday at 20h00 at Villager FC, 11 Lansdowne Road, Claremont.

Entrance is (usually) R20 for members and R30 for non-members.

A full bar and pub food kitchen are operational at the venue.

For directions and more info, visit

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New C.O.P.A Cape Town Manager

Congratulations to Andre Swartz, on his appointment as the new manager of C.O.P.A Cape Town!

We at Paul Bothner Music would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Andre Swartz on his appointment as the new manager of {C.O.P.A Cape Town}. On the 2nd of March he took over from Marc, who had been manager at COPA from 2010-2015.

A bit more about Andre

With a passion for teaching and having taught in a variety of settings from primary and secondary schools to NGO music focussed schools, Andre Swartz effectively and artfully communicates his two decades’ experience and knowledge to help shape and inspire the future of South Africa’s vibrant music scene. Andre has been playing drums since the age of 12. After two years in the jazz programme at UCT, Andre left the university to pursue a full-time career in drums, working with some of the foremost artists in many of the popular genres of music in South Africa. His tours have taken him to Oman, Holland, Sweden, England, Germany, Reunion Island and Swaziland. He had had the honour to play with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, Standard Bank National Youth Big Band, UCT Big Band, Sonja Heroldt, Amanda Tiffin, EJ von Lyrik, Chad Saaiman, Bokani Dyer, Hot Water and Rhythm Workshop aka Masala to name a few.


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Win Double Tickets to Jazz Fest!


The Gauteng Big Band Jazz Festival and Jean Village Music are giving away four sets of double tickets to this weekends festival! Two double sets for Friday and two double sets for Saturday. To enter simply fill in the competition form below.

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Indie Showcase Launch

From the guys who brought you Rockville 2069 comes a new and exciting project – The Indie Showcase.


The launch of the event took place on Tuesday the 5th of May. The launch exceeded all expectations. Technically it was a huge challenge due to that the streaming of video and live radio. Fortunately it went off without a hitch, and the possible reach of the event is overwhelming. Indie Artists own the internet!

There are no losers in the process , but ultimately there is incentive to do really well for the artist by offering a record deal to the artist or band.

The calibre of songs and artists were a hit with the audience, and the organisers will be posting the Youtube and MP3 files shortly!

1 This event is aimed at unearthing an Indie artist of commercial appeal and ultimately offers a recording contract for such artist or band.

2. The event would run over 3 months, twice a year.

3. The event will take place once a week 4. Indie Artists will be asked to submit three songs for consideration to the “Collaborators”

5. The three collaborators will work out the criteria for points scoring purposes.

6. This is not a competition but rather a process to give exposure , experience and guidance to artists.

7. There will be a resident band of musicians who will open and close the show, but more importantly will provide a service to the artists whereby the selected artist would work with the resident band to properly flesh out and arrange the songs with the additional backing of the resident band during the live performance.

9. A full rig with sound lights and video live mixing with giant screens will be provided. This gives the artists a chance to perform in a professional environment where maximum audience reaction can be expected. The process alone is of huge benefit to the Indie Artists.

10. There will be three artists /band all performing 3 songs per night. The best song from each artist on the night will be uploaded to YouTube ( or other suitable channel ) from the live mix. The mix will also be streamed. The song will also be uploaded to iTunes  ( or other platform ) There will also be a simultaneous Radio Broadcast )Zone Radio)

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Workshop Catch Up

Been wondering what our free Ministry Month Workshops are all about? Here’s a full report-back

As part of our May Ministry Month we at Paul Bothner Music are running a series of workshops to help empower our friends in the church community.

On Saturday the 2nd of May, Eileen Butler Pilot held a workshop at Paul Bothner Music in Plumstead. Eileen was previously the vocal coach on the Coca Cola Popstars series, as well as various other reality shows in South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

 Ann Wilson (SA has telent finalist) Ann Wilson (SA’s got  talent finalist)

Eileen covered various topics, from specific exercises to strengthen and increase your vocal range to examples in microphone technique and group harmony singing. The audience was captivated throughout, and when Eileen had finished, the crowd didn’t want her to stop.

The workshop was well attended, with notable guests like 85 year old Ann Wilson (SA’s got talent finalist) and SA icon Dennis East  singing.


Eileen Bulter Pilot Crowd The audience was captivated throughout 

On Tuesday the 5th of May, Francois Du Plessis held a workshop at our DV Village Bloemfontein branch.  The workshop how was on how to utilize the full potential of the 3 M’s: Mixer, Monitors, and Microphones in your Church’s sound system.

Francois Du Plessis

Francois  introduced himself and explained where he’d been and his experience in the live sound engineering field. Various microphone choices and techniques were explained. He went through mixer functions, concentrating mainly on the Gain stage and its effect, as well as offering mixing tips relative to church sound. Francois also stressed the importance of getting the stage monitoring right.

He also explained how to set up and balance the monitor mix, pointed out common mistakes and shared fixes for problems like feedback and poor acoustics. He then went on to stress the difference between Equalizing monitors vs the front of house system.

All in all it was an informative session which was well received by those present.

If you would like to keep informed about future workshops, join our {mailing list}. You can also have a look at our schedule of workshops for Ministry Month {here}.

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