Blacksmith Band with Jenny & The Jameses will be performing at The Showroom Theatre on 18 August at 8pm. Tickets are R120. Book seats here
Blacksmith music style has drifted towards Pure Acoustic, and their repertoire contains Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, English, Irish and Scottish Traditional, A Capella and Roman Rap, Modern and Ancient Pop, Hard Rock and Boeremusiek – so no real focus then, but a reflection of a band that has been going for well over 45 years.
Jenny & the Jameses is a highly mobile and flexible band, their laid-back and fun playing style, combined with a repertoire of a mixture of pensive Folk songs and high-octane jigs & reels.
James Harvey started out playing in Blacksmith (a folk band founded in 1975 by his father, Neil Harvey) in about 2010. In 2012 (or thereabouts, nobody can quite remember), they were joined by fiddler James Hall, and Jameses Hall and Harvey immediately found a repertoire outside of Blacksmith’s that they both enjoyed playing.
They then started their own duo, James & James, and played mainly at weddings and events.
Up until that point, Jennifer Eaves — something of a household name in the Fishhoek area of Cape Town — was performing solo, and with backing bands.
In 2014, they met for the first time (for James Harvey, it was the second time), at Big House Studios when Blacksmith asked Jenny to come in as a guest artist.
Finally, in 2015, the three of them decided to join up and Jenny & The Jameses was born. They now play gigs around Cape Town & surrounds, occasionally venturing as far as Pringle Bay and Greyton.
The current permanent Blacksmith line up is Nielen Prinsloo, Neil Harvey and Stef Malherbe