After his highly successful first run of shows in PE and Cape Town, Kevin Abraham brings his acoustic ensemble, “Folkify!” to Café Roux.
It’s a simple but satisfying concept: Uncomplicated, unaffected acoustic music played well.
Kevin’s original songs and ballads will resonate with audiences who enjoy melody and meaning.
It’s also an introduction to his interpretation of a range of some of our favorite pop and rock songs re-imagined within his style of Folk music. So although the show is mainly original, there are plenty of familiar songs to enjoy, too.
Musically, Folkify is collaboration. Kevin brings his unique songs and interpretations, strong vocals and years of experience on acoustic guitar.
He’s accompanied by Janet Sklar on violin, and Kristo Zondagh on Percussion.
Both Janet and Kristo are acclaimed artists in their own right; versatile and highly talented. They bring a rich, very satisfying element into the Folkify performances.
His first real introduction to performing acoustic music was at the Queens College Folk club, under the legendary Hennie Van Der Mescht.
Later, as a young adult, he became involved in the iconic Four Winds Folk Club, an institution that nurtured many excellent players over the years. It was here that he began to develop his strong finger picking and signature vocal style.
Time spent in Cape Town as a student consolidated his position as a top performer in the many clubs, pubs and restaurants which offered live music in those days.
While there, he was scouted by Mountain records, resulting in national attention for his song, “More than Just a friend”, from the album “Inside”.
As a result of the album’s charting, Kevin had the opportunity to play and tour extensively. The demands of bigger stages and audiences resulted in a move towards a full band sound, and for a while he concentrated on delivering pop-rock shows. However, he always sustained a separate solo career, with strong emphasis on vocals and acoustic guitar.
In the mid-eighties, he left SA to try his luck “overseas” and created a highly successful career as a solo artist.
On his return, he saw an opportunity to fulfill another passion of his; Research. He setup a Research agency, and has travelled into the far rural areas of many countries in Africa, spending most of the last 20 years interacting with traders and communities across the length and breadth of Africa.
‘Events eventually overtake us.
My passion for Research became a full time career, taking me on some wild and wonderful adventures. Over time, live performances took a back seat. Now I have finally decided to take the advice of good friends from the music world, and go out and share my love of acoustic music again!’