Gert Vlok Nel at The Cottage Club, Fish Hoek. Sat 14th Jan 2017, 7pm

The original folk venue, The Cottage Club at 33, 2nd Crescent, Fish Hoek, presents Gert Vlok Nel on Saturday 14th January 2017 at 7pm.

Limited Seating! Our Shows have been filling Rapidly, so book Now on 021 782 0931 to avoid disappointment!

Gert Vlok Nel (Beaufort West, 1963) is a South African poet, and Singer-Songwriter. He studied English, Afrikaans and history at Stellenbosch University and worked as a guide, a bartender and a watchman. He has published one collection of poems, Om te lewe is onnatuurlik (To live is unnatural), for which he received the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 1994. His countryman Etienne van Heerden praised Vlok Nel as ‘one of our finest talents’.

Om te lewe is onnatuurlik was followed by a CD, Beaufort Wes se beautiful woorde, an autobiographical sketch and a full-length show with poems, songs and visual material, which he has performed all over South Africa. Some people say he is a travelling bard with a guitar, comparable to Bob Dylan and the South African troubadour Koos du Plessis. He himself says he admires Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen (‘Tom Waits, he messes about, just like me’).

In his début collection, Vlok Nel paints a personal portrait of his childhood in Beaufort West, a rural part of South Africa with a predominantly poor-white population. His father was a railway employee.

Vlok Nel writes his lyrics in an unusual and innovative Afrikaans, comparable with, if anything, the language experiments of Antjie Krog.

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Pre-booking only

Entrance for the evening is R130.00 (cash at the door) Open from 7pm, show starts 8-ish.
Phone Bill on 021 782 0931 or email to book or for more info.

Bring your own hard and soft drinks and bring your own snacks
(or order Soup of the day for R30.)

Unfortunately we will charge you for your booking should you not cancel in time (the day prior), as we do have a standby list. We have a list of people who we turn away and it’s unfair on those who we turn away when people who have pre-booked don’t turn up. We pay musicians a set fee so if there are empty seats we still pay! So please confirm your booking or cancel in time for us to fill the space.

To play or book for an event, please contact Bill Knight at
The New Cottage Club: The Original Folk Venue
location 33 2nd Crescent, Fish Hoek
tel 021 782 0931
Facebook page Cottage Club
Facebook group Cottage Club – folk music

What’s on NEXT at the Cottage Club:

  • Jan 21. Sat: Dax Butler

  • Feb 04 Sat: Hezron Chetty

  • Feb 18: Sat. Ebeneze Ginsberg & ZWARU

  • Feb 25: Sat. Christine Weir & the Kilts

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