We had never been to Café Roux, a little restaurant in Noordhoek just below Chapman’s Peak drive. We usually head to Earth Fair on a Wednesday but decided to make a change. The occasion was the Marshall Music Solo Sessions. Every Wednesday, Marshall Music showcase up and coming young talent and tonight we were in for a treat. Three very talented youngsters who each sang four songs.
It was a rainy evening and we arrived to find that we had prime seats in front of the stage. We were presented with a complimentary glass of Wolftrap – a delicious red wine and then I decided to have a draft beer. Imagine my delight when I discovered they served Naked Mexicans – my favourite craft lager served with a slice of lime.
We shared the butternut soup, piping hot for a chilly evening and ordered our mains. Sharon had a Linguine pasta and I had the prawn curry – delicious. It was then time to take the advice of the menu board on our table – “Sssssshhhhh Lets listen to the music……”.
First up was Emma De Preez. She later told us she was from our neck of the woods – Natal – Midlands to be exact. Emma is a very outgoing person, bubbly and chatty but on stage her songs were gentle and melodic. I liked the song she sung called Pumpkin and the Shoe about her friends who fell in love.
Next up was Darren Roderick. He reminded me a bit of Bob Dylan actually and did a song about flowers growing and blooming. And then finally it was the turn of Grace de la Hunt.
I had read about Grace in a blog when she performed at the Waiting Room and she was the main reason we were here. Grace was schooled at Reddam House in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. She describes her genre as “soft punk pop country rock”. Quite a combination. Wow – what a show. Grace appeared a little shy and a bit nervous but she need not be – she is so talented. She has the most amazing voice and accompanied by her delightful facial expressions, she was amazing. I would describe her music as pop rock and would love to see her perform with a full band. Two of the songs she did were outstanding – Best Liar and Trouble (I’m in trouble).
Make a mental note of Grace de la Hunt – you’re going to hear a lot more of her in the coming years.
What a fabulous evening – three unsigned young musos, four songs each and a delicious meal. Thanks Marshall Music, café Roux and of course, the musos.