Top South African Bluesman Gerald Clark will perform at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Friday November 8 with his favourite band of brothers, the Deadmen, consisting of Simon Orange on keyboards, Schalk vd Merwe on bass and Tim Rankin on drums.
Clark started his career as front-man for Delta Blue, a blues outfit that toured extensively both nationally and internationally between 1999 and 2005. His solo career launched in 2005 and he continued to garner an active fan base with his Afrikaans album ‘Sweepslag’, which received a SAMA nomination for Best Alternative Afrikaans Album, as well as three Tempo- and two Vonk nominations respectively.
The intervening years saw collaborations with the likes of Stefan Dixon, Luna Paige and Albert Frost, as well as industry greats like Bok van Blerk, Gian Groen, Van Coke Cartel, Dan Patlansky and Schalk Joubert. His professional relationship with Theo Crous (Springbok Nude Girls, producer and guitarist) gave him the opportunity to write and perform the song ‘As The Crow Flies’ for the Volkswagen Amarok TV ad campaign.
In 2012 Clark underwent surgery to remove a growth that had been obstructing his vocal cords, effectively leaving him with only two-thirds of his full vocal ability for the preceding two years. The veteran of the SA blues scene received the prognosis just as he was preparing to launch his new album, ‘Black Water’, alongside a music video of the title track. Clark fully recovered from his operation and went on to launch the album to a very eager public.
A recent tour of the Czech Republic in March saw Clark perform to sold-out venues and standing ovations. His albums sold out within the first week and a follow-up tour is in the cards for next year to build on this success.
Some of the initial tracks from his latest album, ‘Follow The River’, have already enjoyed airplay on commercial, as well as student radio stations like RSG, Bay FM, Smile FM, SA FM and TUKS FM.
* The show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are R90 and available on 021 979 1911, or 083 406 0111.