So on top of our exciting #BushmillsBandSearch competition, we have a super fun gig planned
for you on Monday night. On Monday 23rd July we will announce the finalists chosen from submissions and selected by Patrick Craig, Tecla and Ard Matthews. With this in mind, we thought it fitting to have the man himself perform in our whimsical establishment.
Ard Matthews has recently released his latest solo album, First Offerings, which he himself has referred to as a “diary of my life”. The Just Jinjer lead singer was born in Johannesburg
but considers himself a Durban boy after being raised in the Bluff (we have been trying to convince him to do an ‘Ardy from the Bluff’ rendition of ‘Jenny from the Block’ and we’re not giving
up). Growing up with the likes of Nat “King” Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley as inspiration, Ard made his musical debut when he entered and won a talent contest when he was 12 years old. He went on to study with The Groove Class in Johannesburg, South Africa’s only affiliate of the Los Angeles Musicians Institute. While with Just Jinjer, Ard traveled the world and spent 8 years living in LA, where the band signed a record deal with Curb Records. Ard returned to SA in 2009 and begun work on his solo career.
Not only are we huge fans of his music but the man himself has a very special place in our hearts. His energy, his vibrant persona, the way he interacts on such a personal level with his fans are all attributes that make him charismatic and an absolute pleasure to be around. In short, we feel
honoured and blessed to have him coming into our space on Monday and look forward to hearing tracks off his new album and some of everyone’s old-favourites.
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