This Week at Barleycorn Music Club

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | November 28, 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 Barleycorn


Micaela Kleinsmith is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who during her (as yet) short career has performed on stages such as Grand West’s Grand Arena, the Waterfront Amphitheater, Cape Town International Airport, Jazz on the Lawn and in Stuttgart, Germany. She participated in SA Idols and made it to the group rounds in 2016. Micaela won the Parow Talent Search Competition in the same year.

Another competition she had the pleasure of being a part of was the KFM Singer Songwriter Competition, where she was named one of the top 10 singer-songwriters in Cape Town. Her first single, “Smile”, was released through this competition and was performed live on KFM Radio and on the Grand Arena stage.

Currently, she is partnering with Blue Room Records on a collaborative EP called the Blue Room Series. She recently opened for Jean Carlo at his debut show and headlined at RAW recently too. She has been busking at the V&A Waterfront for the past eight months and is in the process of writing for a future album.


Dave Starke is a Cape Town-born singer/songwriter who has been based in Eshowe, Zululand since 2007. He has spent the last two years touring theatres across South Africa with his tribute shows to Leonard Cohen and James Taylor. Duende is an original album that has taken ten years to compose and what feels like a lifetime to record. The term “duende” is Spanish for intensity of emotion expressed in art, and the music is story-driven and performed primarily with simple acoustic arrangements.

Nish Pillay hails from Pietermaritzburg. He is a hybrid percussionist performing on tabla, cajon and various types of hand percussion. His musical journey has taken him on a number of nationwide tours and a seemingly endless variety of collaborations with local and international artists such as Vusi Mahlasela, Steve Fataar, Larry Amos, Jack Mantis and Tim Parr.


Lift Club is a 3-piece acoustic band comprising Crick Lund on bass, Lawrence Helman on guitar and Pete Digby on sax, flute and percussion. Their music is mainly an original mix of folk and blues.

Crick played in a number of well-known Cape Town bands dating back to the ’90s. Lawrence was a regular feature on the folk circuit. Pete’s history ranges from jazz- dance to folk. All are enjoying a musical resurgence.

The band has featured at a number of Cape Town music venues including the Barleycorn, the Alma Café and The Thomas Easton. And despite the intense demands of their recent highly successful world tour, the clamour of expectant fans, the outrageous record deals with leading labels, they are still lifting their kids to school.

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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