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.
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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We are a duo and we integrate a looping pedal with guitar, vocals and some percussion. Mainly Jazzy, Swing, Blues feel with a variety of old classic tunes by artists such as Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and a touch of Django Reinhardt! We also re-invent some more current songs in swing style, and perform our own original music too!
Vilcabamba (Pedro Espi-Sanchis, Friends & Family)
From the remote regions of the Altiplano in the Andes Mountains came to us a simple, haunting, pure music. The instruments were basic, pentatonic at first, until the Spaniards conquered the lands and brought with them guitars, harps, courtly music.
In the early seventies, the three Espi brothers came under the spell of Andean music when they heard in Paris the flute version of a song called El Condor Pasa, erroneously introduced to singer Paul Simon by the group Los Incas as an 18thcentury traditional Peruvian folk song.
The Espi brothers brought the song as part of their repertoire to South Africa, where they recorded it for the SABC, and it was loved and often played on air by singer and radio personality Esmé Euvrard.
Two of the Espi brothers, Juan and Pedro, married local girls and settled in South Africa, but carried on performing their music at every occasion with Juan’s wife Lorette, their long-time musical partner Denis Hurwitz, and later on Juan’s children, Anouk and Vicente, under the name VILCABAMBA. Their best memories are performing in the open-air theatres at Oude Libertas and Kirstenbosh, where the outdoors origin of their music comes to the fore.
It is unpretentious, genuine music with melodies that stick to your soul long after you’ve heard them.
Chantal creates musical moments in which worlds unfold and characters evolve, telling stories about being human. A solo act, a woman, singer, writer and pianist, Chantal is walking her own path; musically colouring outside the lines and crafting her own soundscape. Chantal puts the piano to work in a different way for each song, with unique and compelling arrangements, daring manoeuvres and gentle pulses, blending piano, voice, and rhythm to create colourful imagery generating a sense of vulnerability with an edge. Her powerful new album ‘Scars’ is available worldwide with links at: www.chantalsmusic.com .
On 15th April, Chantal will be showcasing some new material at the Barleycorn.
Jono Tait was born in Cape Town and took to playing music as soon as he started school. Starting out in the choir and taking piano lessons, he branched out into trombone in high school. At the age of 15, he decided to pick up guitar and has not looked back since.
Jono first and foremost established himself as an acoustic player and songwriter before picking up an electric and giving that a real chance at the age of 19. His first bands were acoustic and harmony driven, notably The Hedges and For Folk Sake.
In 2013, Hatchetman came together, an acoustic, folk rock trio built around a unique three-part vocal harmony blend. The band won two Silver Ovation Awards from the National Arts Fest (2015 and 2017), appeared on the Cape Town Folk and Acoustic Festival two years running and has played festivals and venues across South Africa.
In 2013, Jono was offered the opportunity of filling the late, great Allan Faull’s shoes as lead guitarist in seminal and pioneering Cape Town Alternative Rock Band, Falling Mirror.
Collaborations with other musicians have been a hallmark of Jono’s “solo” musical output, notables include Lionel Bastos, Hezron Chetty, Nicky Schrire, Jennifer Eaves and Luca Hart amongst many others.
Jono’s musical tendencies are strongly aligned with the music that was often blaring in his family home while growing up. His father, Richard, was a musician and can take all the credit for
introducing Jono to many of the classics including The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. Subsequent forays into finding his own style has lead Jono to bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Cream and Rival Sons.
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