16th Feb 2024 - 18th Feb 2024

Rhumbelow DBN

Dave Starke and Lizzie Gaisford
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42 Cunningham Rd off Bartle Road, Durban


Dave Starke and Lizzie Gaisford


FRIDAY        16 FEB 2024  Show starts 19.30
SATURDAY   17 FEB 2024  Show starts 19.30
SUNDAY       18 FEB 2024  Show starts 14.00
We open 90 minutes before show   



A deep dive into the lives and music of Leonard Cohen, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. Produced and performed by Dave Starke and Lizzie Gaisford. Featuring big hits like Suzanne, Halleluja, Fire and Rain, Carolina in my mind and Both sides now interspersed with stories about the artists...

Dave and Lizzie are singer-songwriters from Eshowe, Zululand. Their "day job" is as bandmates in classic rock tribute band, The Katembas, but they are greatly looking forward to sharing some of their favourite artists' songs with a Rhumbelow audience.

Throughout her teens, Lizzie was given an annual marathon guitar lesson by her aunt, instrumentalist Jane Gaisford. The rest of the time was spent filling in the gaps by herself, resulting in a unique playing style hinged largely on alternate tunings, which makes her very well placed to interpret and perform the great works of Joni Mitchell.

Dave is known for his rich voice and mellow guitar playing. Committed to musical austerity, he prefers simple arrangements that allow the words to take centre stage. He is a past master at performing "Cohen" classics. His previous show, "Cohen a Tribute", toured extensively across South Africa including two years at the National Arts Festival Fringe.



As a tribute artist:

  • "Dave Starke's gorgeous voice and engaging stage persona embody Cohen and win over the audience from the first few notes of his first number. Music lovers should not miss this consummate tribute to one of the world's great songsmiths." — Mike Raftery, Durban Folk Club.
  • "Singer-guitarist Starke pays excellent tribute to Leonard Cohen, offering not only a well-researched history of the man, his poetry, music and achievements, but also insight into Cohen's thought processes. It is an elegant and captivating show... Highly Recommended!" — Billy Suter, The Mercury.


As an original artist:

  • "This is the height of reverential beauty.... naked holiness... evidence that Starke is a master writer." — Michael Erfort, Oh Captain, My Captain.
  • "An incantatory time-stopper... a crucible of pain, sorrow, love, and small mercies melted together to produce a silvery, meaningful beauty." — Texx and the City.


R 200-00 a ticket

Bring food picnic baskets or buy at the venue.

Limited secure parking available    

Booking is essential. 

Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)

Cell 0824998636          

BOOKINGS ON EMAIL PLEASE : roland@stansell.co.za   or COMPUTICKET http://events.durbantheatre.com/

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