After decades spent silencing the South African forests in which she was raised, Ruby Gill hummingbird over the Indian Ocean to hum about violence, joy, privilege and border security to a tolerant Melbourne population. Almost immediately, her piercing lyrics, classically-trained piano-hands and disproportionately massive voice left audiences across the country shaken, transfixed and sometimes a bit hungry.
Meanwhile, from an open fire in a secluded cottage on his parents’ farm in rural Australia, Billy Barker was diving boldly into heartbreak, existential angst and identity with his alt-folk musings. It was impossible not to be mesmerised by his unbridled approach to the guitar beneath biting lyrics that aren’t afraid to cover the pointy ends of life.
Somewhere between two countries, Ruby Gill collided with Billy Barker at the piano in a flurry of harmonies and heartburn. Here, Magic Coat was born.
Now, with new releases just around the corner, Ruby and Billy are traversing their bold, contemporary approach to folk across the oceans on an exclusive national tour of South Africa – taking new songs and old guitars on the not-so-merry-go-round to somewhere good.
Come along for the ride on The Magic Coat Tour with Ruby Gill, Billy Barker (Aus), live at Cafe Roux with local melancholy songbirds Orah & The Kites.
PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is served from 6/7:30pm, the show starts at 8:30pm.
August 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
cafe Roux Cape Town