One of the first music acts that the Apprentice Longhair and I attended at the 2013 Grahamstown National Arts Festival was a 10:00 am (yes – in the morning) gig by, Port Elizabeth based, Stuart Reece Band at the Lowlander on the St Andrews School Grounds. This was their first attendance as artists at the festival. See the review by Brittany here: Stuart Reece Band.
After buying their CD at the gig I am happy to report that my initial reaction still holds true and is encapsulated in what I said to the band after the show; “A mature set and impressive linkage by a band that is a credit to themselves, their parents and their home town of Port Elizabeth!”
The Stuart Reece Band was formed in 2010, released their first EP in 2011 and their first album, Chasing Shadows, in April 2012. Both of these were self published and self funded.
Their second album, Storm – one which Stuart is quite excited about – will be released this year.
The Apprentice Longhair and I were recently treated to a cup of coffee and a chat at the ABYC with Stuart Reece.
Reece, who was schooled at Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth, has been playing guitar since the age of 12 and remembers the day he took possession of his guitar quite clearly as it was on the day that 9/11 took place. I remain quietly