There are a handful of uniquely Capetonian experiences we each need to experience at least once. These include eating a Full House Gatsby at Golden Dish in Vanguard Estate, jazzing at West End and Galaxy in Athlone, having a couple of cold beers at Mzolis in Gugs, high tea at the Mount Nelson and a sunset run on the Sea Point promenade.
To these I would add attending a McCully Workshop gig. Mike and Tully McCullagh’s band, McCully Workshop, has been around since the late 1960s, playing at most live music venues across the Peninsula.
Rupert Mellor and Richard Black complete the foursome. I was invited for an in-studio meet and greet and listening session with Mike and Tully. They’ve just released their first studio album in well over ten years. Made famous by their chart hits ‘Buccaneer ‘ and ‘Chinese Junkman’, these local rockers have been busy with their own projects, but recently reunited to record the new album ‘Work in Progress’. Wondering what it sounds like?
Think The Eagles meets Pink Floyd with a sprinkling of Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Think hard guitar, soaring vocals, lyrics with a conscience. It took McCully Workshop two years to record and produce the new record. The production and editing is precise – these guys are music industry pros, after all. They’ve experimented by adding some quirky extras. For example, the track ‘Money In Your Pocket’ includes a surprising rap segment…not something you’d expect from four rockers in their 50s.
They’ve used a new microphone invented, patented and designed by Tully. The technology is being snapped up by American record producers. New technology and quirky rap aside, ‘Work in Progress’ sounds like a McCully Workshop album should: wholesome, honest and smothered in rock ‘n roll. Send an email to Mike McCullagh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to order ‘Work in Progress’.
Athlone’s Jimmy Nevis has recorded his first music video. ‘In Love With You’ was filmed in and around the Cape and shows Jimmy and friends cruising the highways in an emerald green Ford Mustang.
Nevis’s debut album has seen unexpected success for the 20 year old and also features other hits that include ‘Elephant Shoes’. Watch the new video on the Jimmy Nevis YouTube channel.
Lastly, the Cape is in for several old school treats over the next few weeks. R&B singing team Peaches & Herb will play the Grand Arena on May 4.
Their hit ‘Reunited’ achieved triple-platinum success when it was released in 1979. Also coming to the Cape soon is Motown legend Percy Sledge. His concert at the Luxurama in Wynberg is legendary.
Later this month he’ll play at the Grand Area, GrandWest. Tickets for both these shows are through Computicket.
Tweet me @IanBredenkamp