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NEWS AND REVIEWS (2011)
The hit show, Travelling Band was a first time Barnyard production with Clint & Co., featuring songs and stories about being on the road and rocking down the highway. Travelling Band featured Clint with his four-piece band together with Connie Friedmann (keyboards and saxophone) and Rene Mabotha (lead female vocalist and dancer).
The Hit Show - Travelling Band  7 September to 23 October 2011 The Barnyard Theatre, Menlyn
Thunderstruck June to August 2011 The Globe, Gold Reef City
Thunder rumbled in at The Globe, Gold Reef City... South African rocker Clint Cunningham led a dynamic band of talented rock musicians for Thunderstruck, a thunderous celebration of rock at The Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino. The show ran four times a week for 12 weeks!
What an Entertainer! Many a youngster starting out will envy his effortless rapport with the audience, the charm and charisma he puts into every move, the hearts he captures with every infectious grin. But it's not all about Clint. The Co is just as important and he makes sure you know it. If he says "what a band" once, he says it 20 or more times. And every time it is more than deserved. This is a tight team effort, from the musicians to the stage crew, with excellent sound and lighting, totally spot on, and polished performances. The show itself runs for more than two hours with interval, but it feels much shorter. There is plenty of variety in the numbers chosen and everyone has their chance to shine. Some are covers, others are Clint originals, such as Cry Baby Cry and his humorous Little Pub Singer, written about his many years playing on rickety stages in pubs and clubs. Peter Hanmer plays guitar and he's a wizard. He even pulls off Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, a number, as Clint points out, written for a full orchestra and a choir. On bass guitar is Mike Dorea, also a maestro, with Larry Rose on drums. These musicians are not spring chickens. They've also been around forever - and it shows. Connie Friedmann joins in on keyboards and sax and two gorgeous girls with sexy outfits and dance moves complete the ensemble. Unlike many bands, Rene Mabotha and Liezel Pieters are not just eye candy gyrating behind mics in the back row. Both have big numbers of their own and prove that they too have more than what it takes to entertain. Probably my favourite number is Total Eclipse of the Heart, rendered movingly by all three singers. Otherwise we are treated to numbers like Midnight Hour, Pinball Wizard, a wonderfully remixed virtuoso performance of Volare, Hotel California, Bed of Roses and many more. Liezel shines in Mercy and Rene goes African with Jabulani and the Brenda Fassie number Vulindlela. There are plenty of brilliant guitar and drum solos too, all linked by Clint's often naughty comments and stories. He was once a "little pub singer, trying to be bigger", he says in his own song, "... a joy bringer". Now that he is indeed.
Clint & Co.’s Midnight Hour will rock you 11 December 2009 Jennifer de Klerk, Artslink.co.za
Best of Clint & Co. 12 November 2011 - Winston Churchill Theatre, Pietermaritzburg
Best of Clint & Co. 12 November 2011 - Winston Churchill Theatre, Pietermaritzburg
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