Classic rockers and chart toppers McCully Workshop will be back performing at Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Friday, October 28, at 8.30pm, after they left an impression on patrons during the first half of 2016.
Richard Black (guitar), Tully McCullach (bass), Mike McCullach (drums) and Rupert Mellor (piano) have been making music together for more than three decades, creating timeless rock anthems during that time.
McCully Workshop have had so many chart-topping hits, it’s hard to keep track. From ‘Buccaneer’ to ‘Chinese Junkman’, the #1 hits just kept on coming. If you don’t know who McCully Workshop are, just asked your parents (if they’re over the age of 50).
The fourth 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 November 11, 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.
In 2008 the group got back together after 28 years, and performed a number of live concerts, some big ones in aid of various charities. The band was still able to pull crowds of 2500 at Buitenverwachting and 4000 at Kirstenbosch.
Their gig at Die Boer will showcase some of their latest material from their most recent album, ‘Work In Progress’, but they will be performing some of their classic hits as well.
‘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.
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.
All recordings used exclusively TUL MICS – these were invented by Tully specifically for recording and are now being used and raved about by leading artists and engineers in the USA.
All the songs are original and the band members each had a hand in the songwriting, resulting in a very eclectic mix showcasing their various styles.
McCully Workshop was renowned for their live shows, which have been described as a “rollercoaster ride” by fans.
“As a huge fan for more than 30 years, I urge all the young local bands who haven’t seen these masters at work to come and attend one of these concerts to listen, learn and be inspired,” says Jurg Human of Die Boer.
Tickets are R150 and available at 021 979 1911; or online at www.dieboer.com.