Kathryn Swain and Digby and the Lullaby at Cafe Roux
I remember sitting in the Baxter Theater last year feeling as if I was part of a heartfelt love story. Thousands of people were gathered in the auditorium for the Cape Town Folk Festival. The sound and sight of elegant piano playing, accompanied by a sweet velvet voice, drifted through the air. Sitting behind the piano, was a dark haired beauty – it was Rouchelle.
The ginger haired man standing by her side, gently strumming his guitar in rhythm to her playing, was Darren – their eyes met several times and the combination of their eyes meeting, their movements, the music and the captivating moment, told the story. My heart skipped a beat, at the sheer beauty of it all.
The couple are a duo known as Digby and the Lullaby. Such, was the experience, that I could hardly wait for the moment I would experience this again. I was fortunate enough to obtain two last minute tickets to their show at Cafe Roux this past Saturday night. As my friend and I entered Cafe Roux, the place was buzzing with anticipation.
Cosy and intimate are two words synonymous to the experience that is Cafe Roux. A venue that respects the artist/s and once the people have enjoyed their hearty meal, silence fills the room and all that can be heard is the sound of music.
As a hush fell over the room, a tall striking beauty with long wavy hair walked onto the stage- it was Kathryn Swain. I remember the first time I met Kathryn, it was mid 2014, at an Expo. From the moment we met, I could tell she meant business.
A vivacious, young lady with grace and poise, but such strength in her voice and her passion is visibly displayed through her singing. Her face mirrors her story and her deep compassion comes through very strongly with each performance.
Kathryn sang mostly her own songs and her album ‘Little Box Of Memories’ is an album that truly reflects her journey. Kathryn worked with producer Duncan Mackay of Down South Studios, who himself played keyboards for 1970’s mega band 10CC. Her album is available for download on Itunes. This album has become a firm favourite in my collection. To find out more, check out her website on http://www.kathrynswain.com. One of my absolute favourite covers that Kathryn sings is ‘The Story’ by Brandi Carlile. Her voice has a beautiful tone and Kathryn hits all the right notes. Kathryn recently played at the Cheese and Wine Festival and ‘wowed‘ thousands of festival goers. Be sure to catch her as she travels around Cape Town playing gigs at various locations.
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As the evening unfolded the excitement just grew stronger. An evening of music and storytelling was what the night was about. Rouchelle and Darren treated us to stories about all their travels, moments in time and how they met. Rouchelle told us that this took place when a local radio station was trying to find local singer-songwriters and she entered. The competition was called Do You Rock. Darren was one of the judges and clearly, it was a night destined for their meeting -the rest is history. The couple love playing in people’s homes, so if you would like them to perform in your lounge, contact them. Getting to know people and building relationships is important to them. During one point in the evening, Rochelle said that it felt like they were in their own lounge performing at Cafe Roux. From thousands, to just a handful of people, Digby and the Lullaby touch hearts wherever they find themselves. The love shared between them is truly like one of the most beautiful fairy tales, but in this case, it is very real.
Their music captures their true essence and it is like a sweet smelling aroma. The culmination of their love and music encapsulates it all.
Watch them on You Tube:https://www.youtube.com/embed/KafMyv5Nc9Q“>
I didn’t want the evening to come to an end, so I gave in to temptation and bought their album called ‘The Somewhere Wind’. The album was produced by Kieran Kelly at The Buddy project, New York. Kieran Kelly has worked with some of the greatest songwriters, such as Angus and Julia Stone. A song on the album called ‘Promises‘ truly grips me. This album is a true work of art in every sense of the word – an amazing compilation.
To find out more about Digby and the Lullaby, check out their links below –
Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/digbyandthelullaby
Their Website: http://www.digbyandthelullaby.com/