Monday, May 9, 2016

Zulu Skies Blues Tour Announced: 40 South African shows

Zulu skies. Old stories once took me to the Horn of Africa. Now, this Tour takes me there. This Blues Highway, always curious, always twisting. Now, under Zulu skies. A cold beer in a joint somewhere between the Blue Train and the shacks by the roadside. I bring the Blues to Your Town. Clouds are shifting. Nothing is certain, but all manner of things seem possible under Zulu Skies.

Forty shows across South Africa. Zulu skies. It's not about wishing and shiny new guitars. It's bare fingers on dead strings. Blues from the darker side of the road. It's truth. Lies. Redemption. It's the vagabond telling songs and singing stories. It's cheap wine and bourbon. It's whispering and shouting of things close to the bone. It's listening to the voices in the wind. It's life lived. It's my life.

Now I'm bleeding the brakes on the Big Lincoln. We're going to roll out another thirty thousand km across North America. Two oceans, fifty shows, and then we part company for a new adventure. Two more oceans. Forty more shows. Voices I've not heard before. Zulu skies. This Tour is dedicated to my late friend, Hal Mills, who put Africa in my ear.

Sept 8- Oct 1, TBA Atlantic Canada
Oct 7- Oct 29, TBA Pacific Canada

Nov 3- Dec 19, South Africa–
Nov 3 Sony Balcony TV, Johannesburg
Nov 4 Bluestown Sessions, Wedge Park, JHB
Nov 5 Eden Radio 1350, Johannesburg
Nov 5 Tour Launch Reception, Canadian High Commission, Pretoria
Nov 5 Asbos Theatre, Pretoria
Nov 6 Cockpit Brew House, Cullinan
Nov 9 Sinkshack, Bronkhorstspruit
Nov 10 JamJar Lounge, Lyndenburg
Nov 11 Stoep, Nelspruit
Nov 12 City Soiree, Pretoria
Nov 13 Mojo's, Welkom
Nov 14 Vulture Club, Bloemfontein
Nov 16 Caladdi, Lidgetton
Nov 17 The House at Zululand, Eshowe
Nov 18 Rock Music Bistro, Umzumbe
Nov 19 Amapondo Lodge, Port St. John's
Nov 20 Private Event, Port St. John's
Nov 22 Raggies, East London
Nov 23 Goat Shed, Kenton-On-Sea
Nov 24 Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
Nov 25 Karoo Lamb, Nieu-Bethesda
Nov 26 Show Room Theatre, Prince Albert
Nov 27 Saronsberg Theatre, Tulbagh
Nov 30 Botrivier Hotel, Botrivier
Dec 1 Cafe Roux, Noordhoek
Dec 2 PeriScope Theatre, Pringle Bay
Dec 3 The Cottage, Cape Town
Dec 4 Cafe Alma, Cape Town
Dec 5 Barleycorn Folk Club, Cape Town
Dec 7 Die Boer, Durbanville
Dec 8 Bluestown Sessions, Mercury Club, CT
Dec 9 Villa Pascal, Durbanville
Dec 10 Karoo Art Hotel, Barryville
Dec 11 Karoo Art Hotel, Barryville
Dec 14 TBA
Dec 15 City Soiree, Port Elizabeth
Dec 16 The Barnyard, Plettenburg Bay
Dec 17 Knysna Blues Festival, Knysna

Additional shows to this early list are pending. All schedule updates will be made in the Sidebar. So, c'mon– ride with me once more. Follow the Tour here, and at the Facebook, docmaclean.deltablues address. You never know who we're going to meet, and what's going to happen on the Blues Highway.

1 comment:

  1. Doc, whenever I see your beautiful face, I can't help but smile right back at you! You are precious. And your music? You are one of a wonderful kind..the best! :) Big hugs from Anita in Thunder Bay :)