Time keeps on slipping…

Time keeps on slipping…

Thanks to all for making this this such a wonderful year. We have had the most amazing gigs and now it’s June. July 18th is the Jamboree and we hope to celebrate 25 years of Jack Hammer history in style.

Most of the players have been found , so it should be quite a reunion.

From the very first Jack Hammer line-up (Boet Faber, Eric Birckenstock, Maloney and Piet ) to the present.

From the archives: Jack Hammer 1984 L-to-R: Eric Birckenstock, Piet Botha, Jan Maloney, Boet Faber First rehearsals at Slowfarm

From the archives: Jack Hammer 1984 L-to-R: Eric Birckenstock, Piet Botha, Jan Maloney, Boet Faber First rehearsals at Slowfarm


When we do the songs from “Ghosts on the Wind” the band will be the same as the time we did the album. Findlay Malherbe on drums, Deacon on bass, David Codling on guitar …

When we play songs from “Death of a Gypsy”, Duke on drums, Lanie vd Walt on guitar, Deacon on bass…. ”Anthology” will introduce Beano on bass, Johnathan Martin on guitar and vocals, Duke on drums.

Suitcase vol Winter” will have Jorik Pienaar on drums.

“The United Wolmer Brothers Showband” will feature the infamous Van Der Walt brothers ( Lanie, Tonie, Chris and Heine) , myself, Jorik Pienaar on drums and Van Horn (Leon van Zweel) on saxophone..

On the acoustic stage we will feature Jack Hammer “Unplugged” as well as some guest artists like The Allen Wood Project, The Good Old Boys, Stean vd Walt and more.

Paul Barnard, Leon van Zweel, Karlien van Niekerk, Mervyn Davis, Deon Maree, Siya Makuzeni, Jacob Wulana, Samuel Shoai, Schalk vd Merwe , Andy Stephenson and other wonderful musicians will join us at any given time to celebrate 25 years of music under the Jack Hammer banner…

Friends who cannot be there will be remembered … Doc Barendse, Henry Jackson, Paul Vantoon, Len Hefer, Dave Tarr, Ken E Henson, St Adrian and all the ghosts upon the road…

This is a special gig and we hope to have all our friends there. It is impossible to name all the people that have kept Jack Hammer on the road thru the years but we will try to pay respect to one and all thru the music.

For the last few years we have to thank Mike Joubert and Alistair King for their unwavering support to help us to make albums that we believed in. So we are ready and willing to carry on. Special thanks to Deon van Niekerk and all at Select Music Distribution for getting the catalogue up and running.

Moonshine Lee and Brian Currin. Hein and Christine Waschefort. Annalise and Carl.

Op die plaas Goedvertrouw is almal konings

Op die plaas Goedvertrouw is almal konings

Kalie Kirsten and family at Goedvertrouw Farm. Charl Barry, Fritz James, Frans and Linda Human, everybody in southern Mocambique, Dick and Annie from NudiDivers, everybody from the subterranean world, Barry and Jackie Frey, Doc Frey, Charlene McKenzie, Brian McKenzie, Josè and Chrisna , Konrad and Lisa … Mariana Malan, Carina Laubscher, Dirk Jordaan, Ronel Nel, Evan Milton, Andy Darlington, Richard Jones, these are but a few of the people we have to thank for keeping the faith.

I am sure we have missed many names and dates and thanks to be given but you know who you are and from our vagabond hearts we thank you.

The Jamboree will start at 3pm on July 18th, with two stages … electric stage inside and acoustic stage outside… the sets will alternate between the two.

For bookings please call Cafè Barcelona 012 3453602 or mail to: info@cafebarcelona.co.za.

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