Red Earth & Rust will launch their third album, Skeletons of Memory: Songs for the West Coast, at the Fugard Studio on 3 and 4 March 2012.
The songs on the album are born of a long relationship with the west coast of Southern Africa from Yzerfontein in the south to the Kunene River in the north. They are written in a unique style that contains elements of folk, rock and African desert blues. They celebrate the harsh beauty of this region and evoke the different cultures – many now endangered or extinct – of those who have lived there.
The band consists of Jacques Coetzee (keyboard and vocals), Willem Moller (guitars), Jonny Blundell (guitars, backing vocals and percussion), Ronan Skillen (didg, tablas and additional percussion), Brydon Bolton (double bass and bass guitar), Ross Campbell (drums and percussion), Terrence Scarr (violin, viola and backing vocals), Nonsi (Fancy) Galada (backing vocals) and featuring special guest Madosini (uhadi and umrhubhe traditional bows). All lyrics are by Barbara Fairhead.
The Fugard Theatre is located within the historic Sacks Futeran building in Cape Town’s District Six, with the renovated Congregational Church Hall in Caledon Street as its entrance. Construction of The Fugard Theatre was underwritten by its founding producer Eric Abraham, and is named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s greatest playwright.
The launch of Skeletons of Memory: Songs for the West Coast is open to the public with two performances on Saturday 3 March at 8pm and on Sunday 4 March at 7pm with tickets costing R100 via Computicket or the Fugard box office on 0214614554.