Nibs van der Spuy & Amber Rubarth KZN Summer Tour 2017

Nibs van der Spuy & Amber Rubarth KZN Summer Tour 2017

Thursday 26 October;  THE HEXAGON DIVE, PIETERMARITZBURG, KZN
DOORS OPEN 7PM,   Concert starting at 7:30pm
R120 entry, Bookings 0332605537 email: hexagon@ukzn.ac.za
Please no drinks as there is a cash bar. People welcome to bring picnic baskets/snacks

After their sold out 2016 South African tour, Amber Rubarth (USA) is returning to African soil to meet up again with Nibs van der Spuy for an exclusive tour of Kwazulu, Natal.

Says Nibs van der Spuy of his upcoming tour collaborating with Amber, “I am super excited to tour with Amber again for our October, Spring Tour of KZN. She is a special kind and one of my newly found favourite, singer/songwriters. That is not to mention that she is a fabulous guitar and piano player. On our first tour of South Africa last February, I had just fractured my wrist in a crazy fall and I was doubtful that I would even play. It miraculously all came together beautifully and 8 out of our 10 shows were sold out. This time around we are focussing on KwaZulu – Natal, a place Amber truly fell in love with.
On this outing, we are going to try different things, brand new songs and some cool collaborations. I am excited to return to the Hexagon Dive in Pietermaritzburg which will be a first for Amber.”

Amber Rubarth – BIO
Amber Rubarth has a playful simplicity and insightfulness to her musings on life that has connected with people around the world. She has performed in villages across South Africa and small clubs in Japan, at Carnegie Hall, and backed up by a full chamber orchestra, as well as hundreds of clubs and theaters throughout Europe and the US. “She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era.” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The word has spread organically around her independently released albums, attracting glowing features from The Huffington Post, NPR, and BBC Radio. She has been hand-picked to open tours for songwriting legends Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright III and Dr. Ralph Stanley and was awarded Grand Prize in NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Contest. A live recording of Rubarth from Memphis’ legendary Sun Studio is currently airing on PBS.

Amber Rubarth

Rubarth’s forthcoming record, Wildflowers in the Graveyard, is a collection of songs centered around the theme of of life/death/rebirth in nature and relationships. It opens with her raw vocals and a finger-picked guitar, “There are wildflowers springing up at the graveyard / An oak tree that’s been standing here so long / And dandelions pretty in the sunshine / ’til the wind blows and they’re gone.” All songs are self-penned and recorded analogue straight to 2” tape with engineer and co-producer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dawes) in her hometown of Nashville. The record has a bold magnetic energy that draws you in to each nuance and detail, revealing layers with the elegance of a wildflower in a land consumed by fireworks.

Nibs van der Spuy

Nibs van der Spuy – BIO
Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Raised in the fertile province of Kwazulu Natal, Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond.
After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.

His third solo release, BEAUTIFUL FEET received highly acclaimed accolades around the world where it was album of the month in four German publications and RADIO FRANCE FIP pick of the week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Piers Faccini, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips and recording the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.

In September 2016 Nibs released his new solo album,’ NATALIA’, produced by world renowned producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull).

Nibs is probably one of South Africa’s most underrated musicians of extraordinary talent.” AVSA (South Africa’s leading audio visual magazine)