This Week at Barleycorn Music Club

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | September 19, 2018

Barleycorn Music Club
The Barleycorn Music Club has one aim: To promote local, original music in Cape Town. If you’ve never played at the Barleycorn Music Club, apply today!

The Barleycorn Music Club

The Barleycorn Music Club is all about promoting local, original music. While this isn’t exactly unique, what sets the Barleycorn Music Club apart is that it attracts a listening audience.

This is not a nightclub or restaurant where the live acts can sometimes become background noise. At Barleycorn, when you play the audience will quietly sit and listen to your set.

This is not an audience looking for a party. This is an audience who, above all else, want to listen to your music.

“Playing at Barleycorn for the first time was a weird experience. No one spoke during my set. No one moved around, and the only sound was my voice and guitar. It was surreal, but also amazing. It’s definitely something every musician should experience at least once.”

Club Nights

The club meets every Monday night at 8 pm at the Villagers Football Club. This is based in Claremont, Cape Town.

There are usually four acts per night. These acts range from new up-and-coming musicians to established legends like Tony Cox. Entry is R40 for non-members and R30 for members.

There are snacks available and there is also a bar for drinks.

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This week at Barelycorn

Bryce Kendall

Bryce Kendall is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Cape Town and was a top 10 finalist in the recent 2018 Barleycorn Songwriters’ Competition. He experiments with blues, folk and funk to create an unusual style of acoustic rock music, carried by his accomplished guitar playing, soulful harmonica, and robust vocals. Bryce’s songwriting layers memorable melodies over intricate guitarwork and percussive picking techniques. He is at his best when indulging in extended bluesy grooves that evolve through a range of sonic moods within a single song. This natural storyteller’s entertaining lyrics invite audiences to step into his world.

Dan Homesy

Dan Homesy is a Folk/Rock band from the Northern Suburbs. The members consist of Danie Scherman, Behan Croeser, Ewin De Villiers & Stefan Louw. Danie has been writing music for more than 10 years, and met up with session musos Behan, Ewin & Stefan. The writing style and memorable melodies, combined with a dynamic use of instruments ensures that the music ranges from upbeat happy songs to those with deeper and darker undertones.

Devin Harmer

Devin Harmer is an alternative indie-folk singer-songwriter based in Cape Town South Africa. Devin’s songwriting and lyrics take you on a musical adventure, a journey of rare insight into his character and the way in which he perceives the world. Through personal lessons and stories, a common theme of the importance of sustainability and compassion is found in his music.

After returning from a series of live performances in the UK and Europe Devin has just released his debut EP titled, “I’m Pretty Sure This is Where I am Now” on all digital platforms and on limited edition vinyl. Having performed at South Africa’s top festivals, such as Up the Creek, Rocking the Daisies, Splashy Fen and Smoking Dragon Music Festival, Devin hopes to take his brand new music to even more stages all over the country.

Fruit Vendor

We welcome our recent Songwriters’ Competition winner to the stage!

Utilising a combination of catchy, sing-along melodies, penetrating lyrics, searing rap vocals and a poignant live show – Fruit Vendor creates a fresh sound that appeals to a diverse audience. Crafted to deconstruct listeners’ pre-conceptions by leading them in with groovy South African flavour, Fruit Vendor mixes elements of hip hop, funk and pop with masterful songwriting.

In 2014, he won first place in Music Experience’s Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival competition and in 2015 he won the Western Cape leg of the South African Artist Development Association’s nationwide talent competition.

He has played at numerous events and festivals around South Africa and has shared stages with David Kramer, Die Antwoord, Kahn Morbee (The Parlotones), Prime Circle, Karen Zoid, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Matthew Mole, aKing, Hemel Besem, Albert Frost, Adriaan Brand (Springbok Nude Girls), Tony Cox, Jitsvinger, Melanie Scholtz, Tribal Echo, Majozi, Richard Stirton, Zoe Modiga, Lana Crowster, Donovan Copley (Hotwater), Paige Mac, Siphokazi Jonas, Eden Myrrh, Alysia Harris (USA) and Chris Redmond (UK). He has has toured the USA, performing in New York, St Louis and Columbia and has performed for acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winning playwright Wole Soyinka.

His debut EP entitled “Giants” was released independently in 2016 and the follow-up EP entitled “10 Seconds” was released in 2017.

Apply to Play

If you would like to play at the Barleycorn Music Club, all you need to do is contact the presenter of the evening that you wish to play on. You can find all the details on the Barleycorn website.

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