Piet Botha will be in action with The Lizard Kings at various
venues around the Western Cape in the weeks to come.This
friendship of many years has manifested itself in an exciting musical
adventure . The friendship between Botha and the Dennis brothers, Arthur and Rudi goes back almost 20 years, and Jack Hammer and Akkedis Band have shared many a stage across South Africa as well
as in Mocambique , London and Namibia over the years.
During the last 15 months however , Piet Botha started performing with them more regularly and so The Lizard Kings as band came into being, with the addition of A.J. Graham on bass, Li-Ann
Cummins on vocals and guitar and Jacques Groenewald on guitar
and backing vocals. Li- Ann is a young singer-songwriter from the Cape and currently working on a debut album. Jacques Groenewald is another Capetonian who is coming up thru the ranks and will also
be performing some acoustic gigs with Piet Botha on this tour.
Their repertoire has grown into a two and a half hour set over the last year and new songs are also to be added on this tour. There are well known original songs by Akkedis Band and Piet Botha but also
a mix of classic renditions of songs by well known artists like Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, J.J. Cale and Warren Zevon, to name a few.
The tour kicks off at The Big Blues Festival in Kleinmond on Friday
the 4th March and ends in Pringle Bay on the 20th March. Some of
the gigs are acoustic but most are with the full compliment of 6 musicians. The band will also be recording an album during the winter which will consist of all new original songs .
March 4th: Kleinmond…The Big Blues Festival at the lagoon.
5th: Die Boer….Durbanville
10th: Die Ou Meulteater, Paarl…acoustic gig
11th: Die Plaasteater….Kuilsrivier…acoustic gig
12th: Berties Moorings….Gordons Bay
13th: The Green Barn….Melkbosstrand
18th: Harvest Moon at Wolfkloof….Robertson
20th: Perigators Theatre and Bar…Pringle Bay
The repertoire contains a mix of Afrikaans and English songs , from
Piet Botha’s longlasting albums like “Suitcase vol winter” and “Die Mamba”, material from Akkedis Band’s string of albums as well as some brand new songs to be released on Piet Botha’s forthcoming
Afrikaans album “ Die Spookalbum”.