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Tony Cox and Steve Newman

South Africa's Two Premier Acoustic Guitarists

Sunday 20 February 2005 with Tom Toomey
The Phelip's Arms, Montacute near Yeovil
Tuesday 22 February 2005
Bar 27 Tudor Hotel Bridgwater
Wednesday 23 February 2005, with Kim McGavin
White Hart Hotel, Wiveliscombe

Isn't it lovely the way that chance encounters and co-incidences can work out well?

Phil Cookson of Wiveliscombe was visiting South Africa and happened to go to a Tony Cox and Steve Newman concert, leaving abiding memories of the lightning dexterity and all-round musicianship of these two premier South African guitarists. Phil came along to the Under One Sun benefit gig for the Tsunami Disaster Appeal and suggested putting on a gig for these musicians who he knew were due to visit the UK during February and March.

The result was not one but 3 gigs! A veritable mini-tour of Somerset starting at The Phelip's Arms, Montacute near Yeovil; moving to Bar 27 Tudor Hotel Bridgwater; and finally at the White Hart Hotel, Wiveliscombe.

It was a real pleasure working with Phil, with Kim McGavin who also knew their music, and with Tom Toomey who didn't but liked the sound of it, to arrange these gigs for Tony and Steve who were travelling the length and breadth of the country, but luckily just happened to have a window of a few days in their hectic schedule.

Tony and Steve are each renowned musicians in their own right but have also played together as a duo for over two decades and are consummate entertainers and great friends.

Further information on Tony and Steve is on www.tonycox.co.za where you can also read their 'on the road' diary of their current tour.

 

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Photos © 2005 Phil Cookson

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