Classic rockers and chart toppers McCully Workshop will be performing at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 8.30pm.
McCully Workshop has had so many chart-topping hits, it’s hard to keep track. From ‘Buccaneer’ to ‘Chinese Junkman’, the #1 hits just kept on coming. And now, some 30 years later, they’re pulling a David Bowie. Yes, they are releasing a brand new album called ‘Work in Progress’.
If you don’t know who McCully Workshop are, just asked your parents (if they’re over the age of 50) and be sure that they will lose their minds at this news. That and you should too – you’re dealing with genuine SA rock music legends here.
Just to recap:
The 4th McCully Workshop album, ‘Workshop Revisited’, released in late 1977 shot them to prominence when it introduced South African fans to the hits ‘Buccaneer’ and ‘Chinese Junkman’.
‘Buccaneer’ entered the Springbok Radio charts on 11th November 1977 and spent 15 weeks on the charts, reaching the coveted top spot on 30th December that year and staying there for 2 weeks. ‘Buccaneer’ also hit #1 on the Radio 5 charts and Mike McCullagh won the 1978 ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ award for this composition.
The follow-up single ‘Chinese Junkman’ entered the charts in March 1978 and peaked at number 9, spending a total of 8 weeks in the top 20. However on the Radio 5 charts it followed ‘Buccaneer’ to number 1.
The new album, ‘Work in Progress‘ is the fifth McCully Workshop album of all original material, and the second one featuring songs written and performed by founder members Mike and Tully McCullagh with Rupert Mellor and Richard Black.
Five years ago the group got back together after 28 years, and performed a number of live concerts, some big ones in aid of various charities. The group was still able to pull crowds of 2500 at Buitenverwachting and 4000 at Kirstenbosch.
Recording of the new album was done at Spaced Out Sounds and engineered and mixed again by Tully.
There are 16 new tracks, including ‘Money In Your Pocket’ in which they collaborated with American rapper ‘Brown.’ All tracks feature Mike McCullagh (drums), Tully McCullagh (bass and guitar), Rupert Mellor (keyboards) and Richard Black (guitar) on backing vocals.
* Tickets are R140 and available at 021 979 1911/083 406 0111 or directly on line at www.dieboer.com.