Melodies at the arts fest

CASTING their indie-folk spell on audiences everywhere, Digby and the Lullaby head to the 26th Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from September 14-16.

Making a Midlands stop during their national tour, Digby and the Lullaby will be making their third appearance at the Hilton Arts Festival, after two consecutive years of sold out performances. Made up by the husband and wife duo Rouchelle Hubsch and Darren Peens, Hubsch takes the role of piano and vocals while Peens is on guitar and vocals.

“In our first show at Hilton, we needed to put in extra seating,” Hubsch enthused.

“The theatre manager that year, Ralph Piaden, said that we were the most complimented act in his venue throughout the festival.” Digby and the Lullaby have a flair for intimate performances, and single out Hilton as one of their favourite places to play. “Theatres are irresistible,” said Hubsch.

“It makes our connection with the audience so real and tangible.”

Their live performances to date include shows at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, The Chaplin in Port Elizabeth, Googies in New York, The Rhumbelow Theatre, Durban, Potters Place Jeffreys Bay, The Cash Store Port Elizabeth and of course, for two years running: the prestigious Hilton Arts Festival in KZN. Their recently launched album, The Somewhere Wind was produced in New York by Kieran Kelly who has worked with Angus and Julia Stone from Australia and Better than Ezra.

“Our ‘pride and joy’ has now officially been released and we are tremendously proud as fans across the globe seem to be enjoying it. And according to Graham Ward, ‘You will be hooked.’ ” continues Hubsch.

Graham Ward, drummer for the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Jones and Ray Charles, puts it best when he says: “The joy of hearing these two stays with you long after you leave.” There is something undeniably captivating about Digby and the Lullaby, perhaps it’s their introspective honesty and uncomplicated melodies. Or perhaps it’s the fact that their journey as a singer-songwriter duo swept them off their own feet and down the aisle. Most fans and critics, however, think it’s simply that these two complement each other perfectly.

Catch them at the festival, which will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from Hilton College: September 14-16. The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, RMB and Corona. — Supplied.