The small town of Wakkerstroom is steeped in history, being the second oldest town in Mpumalanga, and the 6th oldest in the old Transvaal province. Far from being a relic of the past, however, this quaint "dorpie" is a bustling hub of activity for lovers of fine culture and nature alike. Recently crowned the "Jewel of Mpumalanga", Wakkerstroom is both a favourite destination for birding enthusiasts from around the country, due to its situation near a lush wetland environment, as [...]
Culture-Vultures needing a fix this upcoming long-weekend? Cherry Pill are looking forward to participating in the Wakkerstroom Classical Music Festival this upcoming long-weekend. They perform two shows with music from their Si Tu Savais Album in the historic Bioscope-the newly renovated space in keeping with it's 1880's bioscope design. Plus plenty more classical music is on offer. Cherry Pills shows in The Bioscope: 21 March 16h00 22 March 14h00 Tickets can be booked at: https://wmfestival.thryve.com/ and more info available at: https://wmfestival.co.za/ The 2019 Wakkerstroom [...]
Cherry Pill are thrilled to announce that they have been chosen to represent South Africa in the AfriMusic Song Contest for 2019 with their song 'Take a Bow'. This song was written shortly after my father died from cancer and in trying to deal with the blows life can throw you, this song flowed. 'Take a bow, leave the stage, it's over now your dues are paid...' Please take a listen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHsqGPWsi60&feature=youtu.be and if you would like to vote for [...]
The theatre is delighted to present and to produce, for the 10th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 13h00 and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day. Cherry Pill will be performing their selection of Reinhardt/Grappelli-inspired repertoire this Friday 8 March 2019 Thanks to Hartham Properties who [...]
Thank you so much for your performance on Saturday night, it was lovely and you created such a lovely atmosphere! -Host We enjoy performing for house concerts where young and old gather in a warm and inviting environment to listen to live music. Our youngest fan at Saturdays' event -a small toddler, decided to beat on a drum in time with our music while another young toddler twirled around like a ballerina.... simply enjoyable! Interested in hosting a house concert, give [...]
What a treat to have a mid-day performance for a High Tea at The Victorian Secret in Benoni. This venue is known for it's Macaroons, but all the goodies we had the pleasure of sampling were just delicious! The setting is lovely and well-appointed around an old oak tree. Find out more about this great spot at: http://thevictoriansecret.co.za
Cherry Pill joins the innovative blockchain-driven stream2own service Resonate. This totally new system for streaming/ownership is based on a top-up, pay-as-you-go model instead of the usual "all you can eat" monthly subscription. Streaming new songs starts at a few fractions of a cent, and gets incrementally more expensive for subsequent plays (because you love those songs, right?). If you play a song often enough (nine times, to be exact), you will own it forever, for less than the cost of [...]
Looking forward to playing some of our tunes at this great venue tomorrow! Railways always has great vibes, pizza and music. It is also their birthday soon so there is sure to be a festive mood in the air. Cherry Pill will be on stage at 21h30. For more info : https://www.facebook.com/pg/RailwaysCafe
We're looking forward to performing tonight at Kenny Gees Restaurant tonight as part of their Famous Stoep Friday sessions. Show starts 7pm at 67 Brink Street, Rustenburg. https://www.kennygees.co.za
Hot off the press: Cherry Pill have released a second Christmas Album. A collection of well-loved Christmas carols performed instrumentally on violin and guitar, done in an acoustic and uplifting style. The perfect music for a Christmas dinner or event. Songs include a reggae-tinged 'Jingle Bells', a laid-back rendition of 'Away in a Manger' and 40's inspired version of 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear'. This album is the second volume in a collection of Christmas carols inventively re-interpreted by Kristel [...]
Celebrate the festive season and fantastic weather while browsing some curated craft markets or enjoying some great food and drinks at these local haunts: 1 December- In the Forest December Market 12-13h00 https://www.facebook.com/intheforestvenue/ 8 December- Field and Study Market, Parkmore, 12h15-13h00 https://www.facebook.com/thefieldmarket/ 11-13 December- Vaal Mall 12-15h00 https://www.vaalmallshopping.co.za/ 11 December- Organic Night Market Bryanston 18h00-21h00 http://1. https://www.facebook.com/bryorgmarket/ 13 December- Tjs Marks Park 20h00 http://2. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004810117675 21 December- Railways Cafe, PTA 19h30/20h00 https://www.facebook.com/RailwaysCafe [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
Does the sound of French Duck Pâté or Beef Stroganoff sound like a perfect Sunday lunch? Join us this Sunday 18 November -18 for a unique experience at Lucit Restaurant and Theatre. Take in a gourmet Sunday lunch followed by a live music performance (Cherry Pill), set overlooking an exquisite garden. Gideon the host is an impeccable cook and has set the following menu for Sunday. We will supply the music! Menu served from 12h30. Starter: French Duck Pâté Mains: Beef Stroganoff [...]
Live music has the ability to move, to give tingles down your spine and to make memories. 'Thanks so much to you both for playing beautifully for our wedding. Our guests complimented you guys and we enjoyed the music ourselves as well!' We enjoyed playing for this lovely couple's wedding on a rustic farm.
Pop in to browse for some Christmas goodies whilst being entertained. We'll be live at the Field and Study Market 10 November 12h00-13h00 along with other great local acts. https://www.facebook.com/thefieldmarket and then drop by for some delicious Potjie at the Potjie Kompetisie NG Alberton Suid 15h00-17h00 ( 34 Phantom Ave, Raceview) https://www.facebook.com/events/307777943140977/
With Summer in full swing we've got some sizzling shows lined up so far for November. Outdoor events seem to be the theme for this month. Bring a hat, a picnic and your Christmas shopping list along to these events: 2 November : Thirst /Craft Works 8pm 7 November: Hit Music at Rusty Hook, Muldersdrift 8pm 10 November: Field and Study Market 12h00-13h00 10 November : Potjie Kompetisie NG Alberton Suid 15h00-17h00 ( 34 Phantom Ave, Raceview) 13 November: [...]
In-between some private and year-end parties, Cherry Pill are paying some public shows at some lovely spots in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Catch us at: 17 October: Baileys https://www.facebook.com/BaileysBedfordview/ 18 October: Opening For Rivar Illumination Party https://www.facebook.com/RailwaysCafe Cherry Pill are looking forward to opening up the evening at Railways Cafe with RIVAR "Illumination" Party at Railways Cafe. Catch us at 19h30. Railways do great pizzas so pop in for a bite and a drink. Looking forward to RIVAR's set too! [...]
We spent a relaxed, but productive afternoon in studio with the good folks at The Couch Sessions SA https://www.facebook.com/thecouchsessionssa/ recording 2 live music videos and doing a short interview. Zac, Monique and Barry, you guys are really doing something special! We can't wait for the final product....watch this space.
As South Africans celebrate heritage with a long weekend, joins us for some fun in the sun.We'll be playing some shows in and around JHB this weekend. 22 September 12pm at the Vegan Market, Ennis Garden Centre in Honeydew http://vegan hippie connection market @fry's love your heart braai jhb 23 September at Snatch 32 1pm Blo Boutique Parktown North https://www.facebook.com/snatch32/ 23 September Writers Round 7h30p, Rumours Rock City
As you know, making time for art is a juggling act. In-between gigs and life, we have been writing and recording some new material. The first release for this year is collection of songs we have written and performed for church. "This is Love"is the title track from the 4-track EP of original Christian songs from Cherry Pill, "This is Love" explores the joys and drama of the Christian faith.https://youtu.be/thkcVmquYr4 From the awestruck wonder of "A Million Angels" to the poignant highs [...]
Niek Wolters attended our performance at Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl earlier this month and as a natural chronicler, took some great video to document the event. We are so grateful Niek! You an find the Live videos here: Sonwabo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM7FP7p2LIA&feature=youtu.be Tears that Flow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95I_FLN50TQ Silent Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpTOSTHoNx4 Fall Apart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95I_FLN50TQ&feature=youtu.be
Our final concert for the tour was a house concert in the country. Animals that love music seem to have been something of a theme on this tour. This afternoon concert counted among the guests, a shepherd, a horse and a pony! The weather was just perfect for an outdoor afternoon concert of music in a park-like setting. Thanks to our wonderful host and Tania and Eelke for organizing it all.
As the last 4 days were jammed-packed with activities and travelling between venues and cities, today's post shows some highlights of what we've been up to till now. Recording Tim Jansen and Sofia Ara spent an afternoon with us in studio at their academic facility in Amsterdam, the SAE. Tim and Sofia were keen to record violin as part of their training. We recorded a session first for a local singer-songwriter Izzy Goosen (EP comes out in October, good stuff) [...]
It's up! Footage from our Concerto Records performance is on Youtube. At 17min 35secs you'll find one of our new songs "Take a Bow". Let us know what you think....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrVIPKElqb0
Today we found ourselves giving an impromptu music appreciation class at a summer school near Amsterdam. The kids loved it and for many of them it was the first time they had ever held a real instrument. When asked what moods music can be, the first hands up said beautiful, happy and boring....they definitely didn't have a boring time with us!
Sunday afternoons are perfect for kicking back and listening to some live music. Concerto Records is a jam-packed store of music, anything you've ever wanted to find is probably here. There is a raised stage mezzanine level where in-between browsing sessions you can enjoy some coffee and cake while enjoying a live concert. Here is just a short clip of one of our new songs 'Take a Bow' live at Concerto Record store, Amsterdam 5 Aug 2018. https://www.facebook.com/cherrypillband/videos/799492190175224/ We'll post [...]
Starting off our tour an a high note in Utrecht. This amazing Vinyl shop Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl host in-store live music Friday evenings after work. Complete with excellent wines and beer to compliment the vinyl collection it is a great start to the weekend. A couple brought in their dog to the show and the amazing thing was that this little pooch loves classical music, to the point that only when we performed a classical piece (O Mio Babbino Caro) [...]
And we're off again to The Netherlands this month. With superb weather we're looking forward to performing to some new audience and catching up with some musician friends while we are here. 3rd Aug Muziek Staffhorst Vinyl Utrecht 5-7pm 4 Aug Uptown Records Nieuwe Hoorn,from 2pm 5 Aug Concerto Records Amsterdam, 4pm 7 Aug Possible Open Mic Night 7/8 August Recording Session, Amsterdam 8th Aug Maloe Melo, Amsterdam, 10pm 9 Aug Taverne Bergen, Bergen 10 Aug TheWolfhound Haarlem, 9-11pm 11 [...]
For a lazy Sunday lunch in the sun, join us tomorrow at Snatch 32, Parktown North (inside Blo Boutique). Arrivals from 12, order amazing food (Foundry) and the concert gets going by 13h00. See you there! This is our last local concert before we head off on tour so don't miss out! [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
Good foody-treats are the theme for Cherry Pill gigs to get to this July. -For the sweet-toothed, the Coffee and Chocolate Festival is a must, catch us at Montecasino 19-21 July. -Sunday 29 July lunchtime (1pm) is a cosy courtyard in Parktown North, hosted by Snatch 32. Lunch is ordered and delivered from the highly recommended Foundry restaurant around the corner. -Arcade Empire and Railways Cafe make great pizzas which are just perfect for winter. A feast for the sense, [...]
Cherry Pill will be returning to The Netherlands in August. We're looking foward to some of the upcoming shows (more to be uploaded) . For starters on 5 August 2018 4pm is Concerto Records, Amsterdam Netherlands. https://www.facebook.com/cherrypillband/posts/752805494843894 This music store and cafe is a great spot to drop in and catch live music.
Thanks to Chris from CW Photography for the photos. http://www.cwphotography.co.za/
Ark Music and Parliament have organised a great a line up of bands for June. See the line up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/190197025147527/
This well established and warmly supported music club is a stalwart of the local music scene. We are looking forward to performing here tonight at Mark's Park 19h30 for a great evening of acoustic live music. https://www.facebook.com/TJsMusicClub/
We often bump into blogger and photographer David Batzofin at various shows. At Andy's April Acoustic Forum David popped in to snap a few pictures. He also wrote a lovely write -up on our set-thanks David! He had this to say: In case the audience was uncertain who this duo was, they brought a banner with them. Cherry Pill, featuring Kristel and Rory. Opening act...always a difficult slot, but someone has to step up. Not as well attended [...]
We're looking forward to performing some brand new songs at tonight's Acoustic Forum hosted by Andy McGibbon, Marks Park 19h30 Emmarentia. We have been writing some new material over the past few months that we are excited to present tonight. Without giving too much away, pop in tonight for a listen of you are available. Food and drinks are available. Other great acts on tonight include Christoff Beukes, Bruce Dennill and Stewart Irving. https://www.facebook.com/AndysAcousticForum/
Wood-fired meals, fine wines and craft beers are what Parliament, Parkmore are all about. We'll be adding some acoustic vibes to the cosy atmosphere. Calling all MPs to the party this Satruday 3-6pm!Corner Victoria & 11th Street, Parkmore, Sandton. http://www.parliamentrestaurant.co.za Thanks to Sherene Hustler for this great shot! https://www.facebook.com/ShereneHustlerPhotography/
Looking foward to performing with these great artists at Malt Bar and Grill, Hazeldene Thursday 12 April: 6pm - Rick Jansen. (The Voice) 7pm - Simone Govender. 8pm - Cherry Pill. Pop in for a listen to quality local musicians and fantastic food and drinks! Address: Store 39 Silver Oaks Crossing Corner Von Backstrom Boulevard and Solomon Mahlangu Drive, Pretoria http://www.mymalt.co.za
We're looking forward to performing again at this magical venue. The Easter Folk Festival at In the Forest, Walkerville has something for the young and the young at heart. A craft market, food and drink vendors, bubbles, fairies, a splish & splash hay bale pond, live music, dancing, books, ice-cream, archery, tomahawk toss, tree climb, zip line, pony rides, face painting aside from the intriguing natural forest setting. Bring along a towel and swimming costume, sunscreen and hat, a blanket [...]
Keeping to our very berry nature, Cherry Pill are looking forward to performing at the Field Berry Farm this Public Holiday 21 March, 2018. This is a great family outing as young and old can pick their own berries whilst browsing berry preserves, dining on delicious lunch from various food vendors and listening to music by Cherry Pill. The Field Berry Farm is a Raspberry Farm in the South of Johannesburg. Berry picking is available during the raspberry season [...]
We're looking forward to our tour of Clarens and Rosendal. This sweet little town has been on our radar for sometime and finally we get a chance to visit and play some shows. We're kicking off the tour with a private concert at the Golden Gate Hotel, but the public shows are: 1 March Die Kos-Huis, Rosendal 7pm https://www.facebook.com/Die-Kos-Huis-1033583360045830/ 3 March Kooperasie 12-3pm https://www.facebook.com/kooperasie/ Hope to catch up if you are in town!
At a recent sundowner concert for Superseedlings, we noticed a lady in the back doodling in a notepad during our concert. At the end of the concert someone peered over her shoulder and shouted out 'you have to give this lady a free CD of yours as she has done an incredible sketch of you too!' The artist was none other than the talented print-maker Mimi Van Der Merwe. She always carries around a notebook to make sketches for [...]
We're set for a busy week. Sunday 18 February is a sun-downer concert in the landscaped Rose Garden at Super Seedlings, Sandton. There will be some light eats and gorgeous plants on offer. The concert begins 17h30-19h30 with an intermission. http://superseedlings.co.za/ Rumours Rock City is a great place to go for a night out on the town. They serve good food and craft beer. We are playing 22 February at 19h30 and there is an incredible line-up of talent on this [...]
After taking a break in January to chill and get our cherries back in a row, Cherry Pill are back in February 2018 with some exciting shows lined up. For those feeling romantic check out our show in the cellar at the Royal Elephant Hotel on the 14th February. Booking is essential for this event. http://www.royalelephant.co.za/ Other events include lazy Sunday afternoons at Rumours Lounge in Cresta on the 4th Feb. http://www.rumourslounge.co.za/ Acoustic nights at Arcade have a great vibe and they [...]
Cherry Pill enjoy the atmosphere of a Carols evening, with kids young and old coming together to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. At the Rosebank Union Carols service this December 2017, we put together some new Christmas songs for the evening. One being an uplifting Guitar and Violin duo version of the classic O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. After a few requests for the songs after the carols service we have put together a 3-song Christmas release including 2 [...]
Christmas markets are lovely places to browse for some unique stocking fillers. Cherry Pill have performed at a number of these this month, enjoying their relaxed atmosphere and yummy treats. A rare treat of a different kind, at the Christmas Market, In The Forest though we had our 'picture taken' by talented artist, Mwanawasa. Sketch pad in hand, Mwanawasa was capturing little scenes here and there. We are lucky to have our own autographed personal 'photo'! He has recently had [...]
After a whirlwind year , Cherry Pill will be closing of 2017 with the following festive season shows. Markets are a great place to shop for unique Christmas gifts. Catch us at these markets: 1 Dec Snowflake Market, Potchefstroom https://www.snowflakebuildingpotch.co.za/ 2 Dec In the Forest Christmas Market, Walkerville https://www.intheforest.co.za/ 9 Dec Field and Study Market, Sandton http://fieldandstudy.co.za/homepage/field-study-market/ 10 Dec Vegan Market, Marks Park. https://www.facebook.com/Vegan-Hippie-Connection-Market-Jhb-117447685354462/ 13 Dec Liggiesfees, Jacaranda Kinderhuis http://jakarandaliggiefees.co.za/ Looking to go somewhere to hear some live music on the the long [...]
Tune in Friday 17 November at 08h30 for some music and a behind-the-scenes chat with local musicians on Kieran Rennie's breakfast show, Radio Today 1485 AM.Having shared the stage with Kieran in many music theatre shows while Cherry Pill was still in it's formative years so to speak, we have a lot of catching up to do!http://1485.org.za/listenlive/
For a foot-tapping Friday lunch experience, join us at the Lunch Hour Concert Series at The Theatre on the Square 3 November, Sandton Square at 1pm-2pm. Expect sorrowful and virtuoso violin melodies accompanied by warm finger picking guitar and the typical rhythmic accompaniment. Typical numbers in the Gypsy Jazz genre will include Si Tu Savais, Swing Gitane and Czardas. The duo have given the same stylistic treatment to some other well-known favourites such as the evergreen Por Una Cabeza and [...]
Cherry Pill Looking forward to performing at Jacaranda Liggiesfees again this year. Bring some little ones and come see the spectacular light show! Cherry Pill are performing in the Tea Garden 13 December 2017. Gates open 18:00. All proceeds go to the Children's Home Please click this link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/Liggiefees/?hc_ref=ARSI7at_TRU3ZA0Ne2P5i9WKUiaGPHQ3T_7Q56qgnoJTqvycadvpl3kBHnovExJkfwQ
Keen for a live music injection this week?.... Cherry Pill have 2 shows you can catch this week: -27 September Andy's Acoustic Forum, Marks Park, Emmarentia from 8pm (https://www.facebook.com/AndysAcousticForum/) and -30 September at Railways Cafe, Pretoria (Part of Werner Bekker's Album launch) (https://www.facebook.com/events/128345311122104/) Both venues have food and drinks on offer
The sweet taste of adventure is about to begin for Cherry Pill. After months of planning, we're finally “leaving on a jet plane” to bring some South African musical flavour to an assortment of venues in the Netherlands and France, from art galleries to music clubs to living room concerts and more. Exciting times indeed! Travelling with musical equipment can always be an interesting challenge to overcome, as the airlines can be sticky about anything out-of-the-ordinary. There seem to be [...]
Catch 2 more Cherry Pill Winter shows in SA before their European Summer Tour begins (more details to follow). WED26 July 2017 Hard Rock Cafe, 8pm. They have excellent food, so pop in for dinner before the show. http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/pretoria/ SAT/SUN 29 and 30 July Craft Market, Sha-Mani Lodge, Alberton, 11-1pm. This is the main fundraising event for Futura School . Lots of great craft goodies and eats will be on sale. For more info on the work they do, visit: http://futuraschool.co.za/
Make a small act of kindness now: Cherry Pill are donating download proceeds of Warm Within to our favourite local charity Rays of Hope.Please download the song here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/cherrypill3 and view our woolly stop-animation music video here: https://youtu.be/e0750u9CGVYWarm Within is a song about small acts of kindness. We were inspired to write this song by the actions of the many charity organisations in South Africa, who rally people together to ease the plight of the poor on our frosty winter nights. We used [...]
Catch some upcoming Cherry Pill Shows this month at Hard Rock Cafe, Menlyn at 8pm. 12 July'17 19 July'17 26 July'17
We have had a project on our hearts for a few months now and have been working in to getting it ready for release on Mandela Day 18 July 2017. We have a soon-to-be released new song titled 'Warm Within' in the spirit of giving and making a difference. Mandela Day is about taking 67 minutes out of a regular day and committing it to acts of service to others or your community. As part of the release we wanted [...]
Celebrate this Father's Day with Cherry Pill with a walk In the Forest's Winter Folk Market. The popular Faerie Trail will be open, Food and Craft beer stalls, oysters and cheese stalls will be open, or pack a picnic treat for dad and come along to sit under the trees and enjoy some of our live music. A Raptor show will also be put on by the Owl Rescue Centre, a great day out for the whole family!
For a Vibey Tuesday, head down to Greenside for Vibe Night at The Shadowboxer restaurant. It's an evening of great food, words and songs hosted by Writers Bloc. Event starts 19h30 and great food and drinks are on the menu. We will be playing some of our lyrically crafted songs and look forward to being inspired by like minded poets.
-What a joy it was to hear you and Rory perform for us – and so willingly again. It was such a privilege for us all.I have received many compliments about the two of you!I think you are an amazing couple and such an asset to us all!-Love Greets x (Rosehaven Fundraiser) -Hello Cherry Pill. We would be honoured if you will join us again at the Vegan Market Sunday 25th June. People absolutely loved you at the 28th May market. -Thanks Benita [...]
Take in a lunch hour concert this Thursday, it will leave you refreshed and inspired! Cherry Pill will be performing at the Leo Hasse Lunch Hour Concert Thursday 18 May University of Pretoria Arts presents: Leo Haese Lunch Hour Concert Date: Thursday 18 May 2017, 12:30 Venue: Musaion Entrance free, everybody welcome
We love travelling out to Bronkhorstspruit to perform at Sinkshack. A legendary restaurant/bar and guesthouse in the area. Deon the owner is a wonderful host and is often seen cooking up a storm. Our personal favourite dinner there are the pizza, incredible and made from scratch! We got these lovely pics from our recent performance at Sinkshack, end April. https://www.facebook.com/deonanita/ To catch Upcoming shows for Cherry Pill include: 14 May 2017 Mother's Day Lunch at Cafe La Bonheur, [...]
April/May have been a busy two months for Cherry Pill. We had an off-the-cuff photo shoot with Gerhard Beukes of Gerhard Beukes Photography at one of our live events at Hard Rock Cafe, Menlyn. An experienced live music photographer, Gerhard knew just how to get the atmosphere of the gig and the venue, even though stage lights make a photogropher's life hard. We first met Gerhard on another live music event where he was the official photographer. Check out some [...]
It's a been a busy few days for Cherry Pill. This pic was shot at Cafe La Bonheur in Haartebeespoort on Sunday 23rd April. We are looking forward to performing there again for Mother's Day 14 May, 11-15h00.Tonight 28 April we are at Sinkshack in Bronkhorstspruit. Deon is the perfect host and has created a special venue. Pop in if you are in town!
There is a secret forest hidden in the plots of Walkerville, South of Johannesburg. We discovered this enchanting gem quite by chance one day as we performed for a wedding in this forest. A few times a year In The Forest opens up a folk market. There are blacksmiths, handmade jewellery merchants, home baked food goodies. Not to mention the craft beer, coffee and food trucks, and loads of activities for the kids. Archery and tree climbing caught our eyes,but [...]
Easter Weekend Shows As Johannesburg/Pretoria look set for a wet Easter weekend, some indoor outings are great way to spend the public holidays with family. We'll be performing three shows this weekend. Starting Thursday 13 April 7pm at the new Hard Rock Cafe in Menlyn. We performed just over a week ago at the Sandton Hard Rock Cafe. There is a great vibe and fantastic food. Looking forward to seeing what the new Menyln branch is all about! [...]
Busy times, catch some fresh local tunes this weekend. Cherry Pill will be performing at the Green Heart Vegetarian Market this Sunday 2 April 10h30 at Pirates Sports Club, Parkhurst. Pop in for some healthy treats and supplies https://www.facebook.com/greenheartveg/ and Monday Evening at Hard Rock Cafe, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. They do great food as well as music. https://www.facebook.com/HRCJohannesburg/ Hope to see you there!
Looking foward to our show this Friday at Railways Cafe. This spot has a great vibe, so if you're in Centurion be sure to pop in for a festive night. R30 gets you in. http://www.railwayscafe.co.za/
We first heard about MusicWorX from a fellow music-loving friend and instrument collector. Interested in all things instrument-related he had noticed there were some good finds and this music store situated in Jan Smuts Avenue. Intrigued Cherry Pill went along one Saturday morning to browse at the store. There was a coffee machine , a stage , loads of great instruments to try and other musicians just hanging-out or jamming.... we stayed much longer thn we intended and left with [...]
Running passed a nearby open veld one morning, we initially thought we needed to get in touch with our council to cut the almost waist-high grass. But as the morning sun gently lit this patch of ground we saw it in a new light. Before the council comes to cut the grass, this is a great spot for a music video we decided. Johannesburg has been experiencing an unusually hot summer this season as a result of drought conditions. Fortunately [...]
Upcoming benefit concert We are looking forward to being a part of a special concert this Saturday 28 Jan 2017, starting from 7pm At Amuse Cafe, Linden titled Mary-Ann's Benefit Concert. A group of very special friends and colleagues decided to put together a benefit concert for someone they know. Mary-Ann Hamilton Illing has been accepted into the honours program at UJ next year and really wants to be able to finish the degree so that her family can [...]
On our recent tour through parts of the Beloved Country, we were fortunate enough to discover one of the somewhat hidden gems of the Karoo in the charming desert hamlet of Nieu-Bethesda. Nestled in the foothills of the towering and aptly-named Compassberg – the tallest mountain in the Eastern Cape Province, which juts out at an impossible angle above all its neighbours – this dorpie is home to a vibrant community of artists, writers, restaurateurs and fossil hunters (yes, [...]
Si Tu Savais (If you knew) is a song composed by George Ulmer and was covered in 1947 by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Ulmer song has an appealing laid-back feel and almost whimsical melody that works well as an instrumental piece. Cherry Pill have used this song as a title track to an instrumental side project released in November 2016. Kristel and Rory of Cherry Pill decided to record Si Tu Savais as a tribute to some of the [...]
Cherry Pill took a detour this year and recorded an instrumental album titled Si Tu Savais . It is a collection of well-loved standards that have helped shape Cherry Pill's sound over the years, including rousing gypsy jazz inspired by Reinhardt and Grappelli, a touching rendition of Puccini's O Mio Babbino Caro, and much more. Kristel and Rory of Cherry Pill decided to record Si Tu Savais as a tribute to some of the composers and songs that influenced them [...]
The second annual Randpark Residents Association Crafters Market saw 50 stallholders and the community enjoy the sunshine out in Cherry Park. Market organiser, Sheelagh Bates said, “The market was even more successful than last year. We had a wonderful response by the residents supporting our second market. “I have always been involved with arts and crafts and have been teaching ceramic painting for the past 15 years. So I decided last year to start our residential market in support of [...]
Cherry Pill will be performing their innovative brand of original music at Sinkshack on 5 October 2016. This artistic hang-out can be found at 57 Cathie Street, 1020 Bronkhorstspruit. We will be performing songs off our album Chocolate Box and have put together some yummy give-away hampers. Sign up now and stand in line to win a great goodie-bag!
The hot and happening venue Movida is hosting a great evening of entertainment and networking. 31 August from 6pm, Movida Sunninghill. Quality bands and DJs on the bill. Hope to meet up there! Let us know if you'd like us to include your names on the guest list.
A corporate year awards dinner event held nestled in the verdant hills of the Wild Coast had a Superheroes theme for their conference. Cherry Pill teamed up with LaserX to put on a high impact LED/Laser music show of superhero tunes that left the audiences bedazzled!
Cherry Pill had a great set at Aandklas Hatfield, what a great atmosphere and stage they have open to local musicians. We loved performing there last night to a receptive, music-loving audience. Every Sunday evening they have an open mic night and a range of performers and singer-songwriters present their work. The food and drink is great and very affordable, a must-do activity! "Blown away by the talent at last night's open mic..." Aandklas Manager 14 August 2016 [...]
Hi Music Lovers, Cherry Pill will be performing in the Rosebank area this Saturday! Catch us at MusicWorx 157 Jan Smuts Ave on the Art Strip in Rosebank on 13 August 2016. Show starts 8:00pm, doors open from 6:30pm. We'll be playing some fresh new songs and some of your favourites. We'll also be giving away some free merchandise to some lucky fans who pre-book their tickets before the show. Sign up now and stand in line to win [...]
Joshua Tree is a great restaurant and live music venue corner Witkoppen Road and New Market Road in Northriding. They do tasty gourmet burgers and delectable desserts. Cherry Pill performed here on their lovely wood-panelled stage on Sunday afternoon 10 July. We loved the local support from his venue and enjoyed a delightful lunch while we were here. Make a turn here soon. Find them at: http://joshua-tree.co.za/
Join us for a lazy Sunday performance at Joshua Tree Restaurant and Bar this Sunday 22 July from 1-4pm playing an original set of contemporary bluesy rock. Sundays at Joshua Tree mean a free crème brûlée or hot chocolate pudding when you order a main meal! For more info visit http://joshua-tree.co.za/
While browsing around the cool guitar and gear displays, we found ourselves at the Mars Music stand. We got chatting and Mars asked us to demo some of their new product. What a pleasure ! So the next morning we booked a spot on the performance stage and played some of Cherry Pill's songs on the great-sounding NS Electric Violin and the Yamaha Silent Guitar. http://saguitarexpo.wordpress.com http://www.marsmusic.co.za/
14 June 2016 Cherry Pill performed in the cosy delay gallery at Museum of African Design, Maboneng where the emergency art is displayed for the Plated.01 Dinner event. Artists and art-lovers came together on a chilly evening for some potjie, wine blending and original music by Cherry Pill.
Join us on 14 June 2016 for the first in a series of special dinner experiences called Plated.01. Sip Backsberg wine, while enjoying a superb dinner accompanied design collaborations and music by Cherry Pill. PLATED is our first intimate dinner series. We start off at home base next Tuesday night at 7pm, inside an exhibition at MOAD curated by the Directors of the Copenhagen Ultracontemporary Biennale: Tijana Miskovic and Thierry Geoffroy/COLONEL. There will be live music, Backsberg Estate will be conducting a [...]
It's out, our new music video for Silent Movie is up at: https://youtu.be/2H-YmJvamqI
It's become something of a annual event for Cherry Pill to perform at the FIA awards dinner. This year's event was, as always, a stylish affair at the Sandton Convention Centre.
We recently had the honour of playing for a graduation breakfast for medical students sponsored by Mediclinic. It's always inspiring to see up-and-coming young people preparing to enter the world of work after many years of hard work and dedication to their field of study, particularly when their families come out in support. In a time when so many things seem to be going wrong in South Africa, we were reminded that ours is a nation of resilient and industrious [...]
Join us for a romantic evening at the trendy urban Kulcher Cafe , Arts on Main district. There will be some romantic goodie-bags to give away. 31 March 19h30.
If you're heading out to SXSW catch Cherry Pill playing on 15 March 2016 16h30-19h30 at the Sahara Lounge , 1413 Webberville Rd, Austin. South by South West (SXSW) is a huge event - featuring film, music and interactive - which started in 1987 and continues to expand every year. The music category of the event is promoted as being the largest of its kind in the world. The South African Showcase at SXSW is hosted by IMEXSA and other SA [...]
Combine delicious country cooking with the mellow music of Cherry Pill at Bosheuvel Country Estate in Muldersdrift. Sunday 28 February from 1 to 4 pm.
February is the month we celebrate love and often this is communicated with flowers and chocolate. We wanted to share some feel-good Valentine wishes out there and got to work on a music video for our song Chocolate Box. Here is a Valentines gift to all you romantics.... you may experience strong cravings for some chocolate.
Catch Cherry Pill's last performance for the year at the Jacaranda Children's Home Liggiesfees 22nd December from 19h00. We'll be at the Tea Garden stage. The festive light displays are a superb and it is worth the visit as a family outing. CDs, Food and last-minute crafted Christmas gifts are are on sale.
In the words of one of our fans: @cherrypillband stellar performance last night!! Can't wait to see y'all perform again 🙂 #SAIndiesMusicWeek2015 Thanks IMEXSA for all the support and inspiration and thanks to our awesome band! We had such a great time last night performing at the SA Indies Music Showcase.
Cherry Pill are excited to showcase their sophisticated brand of South African Music at the IMEXSA (Independent Music Exporters SA) musical showcase. The event promises to be a diverse range of South African styles with polished performances from selected artists chosen to attend the SXSW (South By South West) trade show in 2016. Come along to the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City 20 December 2015. Doors open 14h00 , show starts 15h00-18h00.
Catch Cherry Pill performing some of your favourite tunes as well as a few new numbers at the TJs Acoustic forum this Thursday at Marks Park , Emmarentia .
That disheartening feeling as you open the guitar case in studio, ready for a radio interview and you notice that your A string is broken...well there is not much one can do! We are about to go live in 5,4,3, 2....and we have just promised that we will play a song live during our interview on Ubuntu Radio. So we make a few quick song and key adjustments on the spot and off you go! Why strings seem to find [...]
We recently did a duo performance at the elegant Ebotse Estate in Benoni for their annual lunchtime event overlooking the lake. We had a great time interacting with the guests, playing a mix of our original music, some timeless jazz standards like Fly Me To The Moon, and a couple of our favourite Latin numbers like the evergreen Sway. A huge thanks to the management of the Ebotse lunch club for choosing to hire us for the event – [...]
What better way to start a morning than a breakfast and coffee with Cherry Pill! We were asked to performed for a small private breakfast event as a surprise item on the agenda. Music is a great ice-breaker and a surprise we were, starting off the morning with a relaxed and creative spirit. Throw in a good cup of coffee and you have bliss! Click edit button to change this text.
After a few weeks of rehearsals in the practice room we are pleased to introduce our band! Tshepo Monareng on keys, Thabang Malete on bass and Warren Knocker on drums. We're looking forward to some great performances together. We'll still be playing duo performances for smaller more acoustic venues.
Podcast: Interview of Cherry Pill on PowerFm 987 News hot off the press, our interview last Sunday with Paul Mnisis on PowerFM 987 is now available as a podcast on Soundcloud at:
The sunny Sunday skies were just the perfect backdrop for an outdoor lunch at the Bosheuvel Country Estate . Cherry Pill added their trademark musical ambiance to round off the day's outing.
A picture perfect evening was had at the SAADA (South African Antique Art and Design Association ) Expo opening event 1 October 2015. Cherry Pill were invited to perform as part of the gala event. It is a feast for art and collectable fans, the event was accompanied by bubbly and our music. The expo runs until Sunday 4th October so catch it if you can, there are some beautiful works on display and for sale. Visit http://saada.org.za/ [...]
One Sunday lunchtime as we were performing at country farm restaurant, two travelers ambled in after losing their way on the country roads. Quite by chance one of the party happened to be a pianist and loved our music and performance. As he was planning a party for friends and family he invited us to put on a performance at his upcoming House Concert. After much anticipation and repertoire selection with the host , the early spring September day [...]
Here's a sneak peak at a recent rehearsal with the new Cherry Pill band. We're proud to announce that we're working with the eminently talented Tshepo Monareng on keys, Thabang Malete on bass, and Warren Knocker on drums. We're looking forward to bringing this exciting new ensemble to a gig near you in the future! Stay tuned for more.
We've been jamming with some interesting musicians lately, which got us thinking that perhaps we should do a remix of 2 of our songs and see where it takes the music. We met up today with the skilled # Motlokoe Beatmaker and #Nefertiti Communications to get some ideas rolling. The bustling coffee shops in Braamfontein were the perfect location to get inspiration flowing.
Just as the temperatures started warming up , we performed a chilled acoustic set as part of a Sunday afternoon lunch at lovely family-friendly Bosheuvel Estate restaurant in Muldersdtift. The outdoor area was packed thanks to the good weather (and the good food)!
Join Cherry Pill at TJs Acoustic Club, Marks Park, 4 Judith Road at 8pm on 9 July 2015. Food, drinks and our debut CD will be on sale.
We're back in South Africa after our début international performance at the prestigious MIDEM festival in Cannes, France. A cosmopolitan group of music industry professionals and music aficionados from around Europe and the Americas were given a taste of some of the best South African groups at the IMEXSA South African showcase on Sunday the 7th of June at Espace Mimont in the heart of the trendy and taste-making city. We were billed alongside other established and up-and-coming South African [...]
Thanks to all who came through to 1 Fox on Sunday, we hope you enjoyed the experience and we hope to see you again at another one of our upcoming gigs. Special thanks to Michael Canfield for organizing, and to Murray for doing such a great job on the sound and being willing to step in as our official photographer for the day.
Despite the first nip of winter chill in the air tonight , there was a warm reception and cheerful crowd in attendance at Andy's Acoustic Forum hosted at Marks Park Sports Club. We were a little nervous for tonight's event as we had two new songs to try out in our set of 5 songs. The first of these is a new song called 'The Call' which the crowd voted as our best song to date ! We were quite [...]
In February this year, we performed for a musical showcase hosted by IMEXSA (Independent Music EXporters South Africa), a body funded by the DTI whose mandate is to raise the profile of South African performing artists at international music trade events. The promoters showcase local bands to selection committees at festivals such as the prestigious SXSW (South by South West) in Austin, TX, Womex (World Music Expo) and MIDEM in Cannes, France. We were delighted to be selected for [...]
We've finished shooting a video for Don't Forget Your Letter. This is one of our favourite tracks on the Chocolate Box album, and we wanted to capture something of the romantic mood of the lyrics. Check it out on our YouTube channel and let us know what you think in the comments section! Click here to go the Cherry Pill YouTube channel to subscribe to future videos.
Last month we had the opportunity to perform at The Sheds @1 Fox for the Ford Bands In Transit promo. Bands In Transit is an innovative platform that promotes Ford's range of Transit vans by teaming up with local artists, offering them an opportunity to showcase their songs to new audiences via social media. We had great fun performing an acoustic version of Silent Movie, a song from the recently-released Chocolate Box album. A special thanks to the guys [...]
We had a great time at the SA Indie Music Week 2015, hosted by IMEXSA (Independent Music Exporters South Africa). It's really encouraging to see a collective that is so passionate about promoting independent artists abroad. The range of artists at the showcase was a true testament to the diversity of the wealth of talent we have in South Africa.For the uninitiated, IMEXSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to develop South African-produced music around the world. They provide assistance, create [...]