The Johnny Cash Pilgrimage Tour: December 2012

“We had an American at the Il Giardino show who knew Johnny Cash and she praised the performance. The show is authentic and unpretentious, a must see for every music lover.”  ~ Ann Toerien, partner at Take Note Productions.                                                

“I closed my eyes and for a while there it felt like I was part of that now infamous Folsom prison audience, the band went through a lot of trouble to recreate that sound we all love, a great night was had by all.” ~ Madeleine Townsend, social coordinator, Pirates bowling club.                   

 “My sincere condolences to anybody who’s planning to miss this show.”  ~ Philip Moolman, owner at the Blou Hond Linden, Johannesburg.

“The show is worth your Cash.”  ~ Hein, owner at the Vulture Club, Bloemfontein.          

Gert Barnard photo by Mariska Ison

Pilgrimage, a journey made to a place as a mark of respect. With this in mind, five musicians convened earlier this year to find out exactly where that place was. Their subject matter was an artist who filled his 70 years on this earth with a staggering amount of music. The Man in Black was there for the birth of Rockabilly in the 1950’s, sharing the stage with the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and others. He soldiered on for another five decades, the eternal rebel forever at odds with the corporate record industry and other authoritative figures. The eighties weren’t exactly kind to him but his ‘American recordings’ project brought him back to prominence and served as a fitting farewell from a man who touched many a life. Johnny Cash, as his famous song suggests, did indeed stand up for the unlucky, the reckless ones, the poor and the beaten down.

While the show features some of his later work, the Johnny Cash Pilgrimage felt that the bulk of the performance should consist of the now signature Tennessee Three-sound, that wonderful music most famously documented on the ‘live at Folsom Prison’ album. A time that featured songs about love, hardship, hope, joy, trains, prisoners, cowboys, good and bad women, and of course the odd serious crime and the inevitable consequence of such actions.   

The Band. Photo by Mariska Ison.

All the members of the band are Johnny Cash fans and consider the show to be a labor of love. A lot of effort has gone in to recreating that magical era and the sound that influenced many a musical journey, including their own. The ninety minute set includes highlights that will please both the casual fan and Cash connoisseurs. So, whether you saw the movie and fell in love with ‘Ring of Fire’ or discovered ‘the wreck of the old 97’ in your parent’s record collection, we guarantee a good night out on the tiles. The journey ends when we all feel better about ourselves, was that not the great man’s intention all along?

The band

Louis Graham and Brixton Barnard supply the no nonsense solid backbeat on drums and bass while Pat Plank pays tribute to the unique guitar style of the great Luther Perkins.  Stepping up to the mike is Gert Barnard, a man who has lived and breathed Johnny Cash for most of his life. He bears a striking resemblance to the man in question.

The Tour December 2012:

The tour will include venues in Cape Town, Boland, Eastern Cape and Karoo. Here are the details:

Wednesday 19 December: Dorpstraat teater, Stellenbosch.

Time: doors open at 18h00, kitchen closes at 19h30 show starts at 20h30 
Address: The Shed, Summerhill farm,R44, Klapmuts street, Stellenbosch
Bookings: R100 p/person  021 889 9158 or

Thursday 20 December: Hangklip Hotel, Pringle Bay.

Time:doors open at 19hoo show starts at 21h00                                                                                                                            
Physical address: Watsonia street, Pringle Bay. 
Bookings: R50 p/person Andre 028 273 8310

Friday 21 December: Melkbosstrand Country Club.

Time: doors open 19hoo show starts 20h30 
Physical address: no 1Robin road Melkbosstrand
Bookings: R100 p/person 021 55 33 408  
Add info:  Pre booked meals available, R50.00 p/person, cash bar.

Sunday 23 December: Barrydale Karoo Hotel, Barrydale.

Time: 20hoo to 23hoo 
Physical address: van Riebeeck straat 30 Barrydale 
Bookings: walk ins only R30 p/person 028 572 1226

Wed 26 and Thurs 27 December: Olyvenhout Olive Farm, Stilbaai.

Time: doors open 18h00 show starts 19h30. 
Physical address: the press room café, olyvenhoudt olive farm, Riverside turn- off, Stilbaai 
Bookings: R100.00 Candice 084 405 4604 (very limited seating,no walk ins)

Friday 28 December: Divanna Wine Bar, Knysna

Time:  doors open 21hoo show starts 22h00  
Physical address: 23 main street Knysna 
Bookings: R60.00 pre booking 076 330 5065 R90.00 at the door 
Add info: Popular night club, be sure to secure a ticket beforehand.

Saturday 29 December: Kalahari Theatre, George.

Venue: Kalahari Theatre George 
Time: doors open 18h30 show starts at 20h00
Physical address: Redefine boulevard, York street, George
Bookings: 044 874 5000

Monday 31 December: Nieu Bethesda.

Time: doors open at 19h00 show starts at 22h00
Physical address: To Be Confirmed. 
Bookings: R80.00 Heidi 082 865 2699

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