Caversham Mill

Live @ the Mill

Nibs Van Der Spuy & Guy Buttery

Having shared the stage together for more than 20 years now, Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery capture the spirit of South Africa, with its vast melting pot of influences and colour.

These two virtuosos collaborated on a series of shows in the early and mid-2000’s before their respective solo careers took off with whirlwind individual touring schedules across the globe. Their performing paths crossed at a major festival in Toulouse, France, and this inspired a new combination of performances and sowed the seeds for recording a full length album together. “In The Shade of the Wild Fig” showcases their mutual interest and deep love for World Music and different folk movements featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tanpura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.

Nibs and Guy have toured many major festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK in promotion of their SAMA nominated album, “In the Shade of the Wild Fig”. The duo has also won the very prestigious “Standard Bank Ovation Award” at The National Arts Festival. These accolades led to further sold out performances at numerous festivals and concert halls in both South Africa and in Europe receiving rave reviews for both their live show and their recorded work. Van der Spuy and Buttery were then invited to perform with the 52 piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest orchestra” and were later voted “Top Live Show of the Year” by The Cape Times.


Guy has been featured in the world’s biggest selling guitar magazine ‘Guitar Player’ which saw him performing at leading guitar festivals throughout Europe, Brazil, Australia and the USA. He has also received 3 major national awards including the esteemed SAMA (South African Music Award) for ‘Best Instrumental Album of the Year’. In the same vein, Nibs is a highly acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, being featured in leading publications from France’s ‘Liberation’ to the UK ‘Guardian’. He is constantly touring with his biggest support base being in France.

Live in Lisbon was recorded next to the Tagus river in Belém on the outskirts of Lisbon. It was their first performance as a duo in Portugal. Speaking about the evening, Nibs commented:  It had been a good while since we had played live together, but all the essential ingredients were still very much present. Neither of us were aware that everything was perfectly in place and that we were being recorded. From this intimate setting in Portugal, with a bunch of beautiful people who came from all corners to be a part of this wonderful evening, we are incredibly happy to share this recorded moment with the rest of the world.”

The upcoming tour of the Western Cape will see the launch of their 2021 SAMA Nominated album “Live in Lisbon” in South Africa.

Seb Goldswain

Taking influence from world class acoustic guitarists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Phil Keaggy and various legendary South African songwriters and performers, I am a performing artist and virtuoso guitarist from Durban. I play a brand of high-energy, “larger than life” solo-acoustic guitar when performing live, and can lead an audience through moods of “pin-drop” silence and introspection through to rupturous laughter and ecstatic applause. I have been recognised as a brand ambassador for great international companies such as AER Amplifiers and Guitar Gallery.

In 2015 I had the privilege of opening a show for International pop star George Ezra. I have played at international festivals such as AfroPunk Festival Johannesburg and BushFire Festival in Swaziland, as well as South African festivals including Splashy Fen, Joy of Jazz, and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. In 2019 I was specially invited to perform in Mobile, Alabama USA. My performances suit a wide variety of settings, as I can entertain thousands through to a small club. For footage from my most recent show in the Midlands (which was sold out) click here:

My latest single ‘Pata Pata/Mbube’ (available here), has been well received by organic audiences across the internet, and has lead my audiences internationally to grow tremendously. My largest audience globally is now in Houston Texas, of all places. You can watch the music video for Pata Pata here. You can get an example for my live performances here, here and here. You can also learn more about me at my website.

Here are some testimonials from some of my sponsors, other artists as well as venue owners I have recently performed for:

Seb Goldswain is the perfect ambassador for Guitar Gallery. Seb is an amazing guitarist, and we also share similar values: integrity, professionalism, and hard work. Seb is one of the best guitarists that we have come across, and we have seen plenty. Seb is also a creative composer of beautiful melodies. He executes these with precision and passion during his live shows. World-class!” – Stephan Burger, owner of Guitar Gallery

Epic player from Durban I’ve had the pleasure of watching a few times. I met Seb years back when he was a wee boy. Turbo talent! Super underrated!” – Dan Patlansky, SA Blues guitar Legend

Patrons don’t realise how fortunate they are to witness an artist like Goldswain perform. Not many artists worldwide are capable of performing at that level. I was gob smacked at the statistical density of his finely crafted finger style” – Paul de Fleuriot/Midlands Music Club, Owner of Marshall Music Midlands.

A consummate entertainer, an incredible guitarist and one of the nicest guys I know, you’re always in for an absolute treat at a Seb Goldswain gig” – Jono Tait, guitarist/singer-songwriter for Hatchetman and owner of the Alma Cafe, CT.

Qadasi & Maqhinga featuring Nish Pillay

Hailing from Empangeni in the heart of Zululand, David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe are a South African Music Award winning duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right, over the last ten years the duo have taken their fusion of traditional Zulu and western folk music to audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia and throughout South Africa.

Qadasi & Maqhinga launch their 2022 Summer SA Tour at Caversham Mill in the Natal Midlands on 18 February where they will be sharing the stage with renowned local Tabla percussionist, Nish Pillay.

Nish is no stranger to the music industry and has toured extensively around the country alongside some of SA’s biggest names.

This promises to be a spectacular collaboration of traditional Zulu, western and Indian sounds.

Qadasi & Maqhinga:   

Nish Pillay:

Nish Pillay

Nish Pillay is a highly experienced percussionist, trained in South Africa and under a master in Bangalore, India. He specializes in the Tabla but plays a variety of drums from around the world.

He has collaborated with many well known South African artists including Robin Auld, Dave Starke ; The Jack Mantis Band and many more. Nish has shared the stage, as a supporting act, with American Grammy Award winner Ben Harper, Dan Patlansky, The Parlotones, Gangs of Ballet, Arno Carstens, Soweto Gospel Choir, Desmond and the Tutus and many more top acts, and has also extensively toured South Africa several times over the last 6 years, with various musical, theatre and social justice themed projects.

Nish brings a real and honest interpretation and journey through sound – which is the reality he lives in. The media describes his stage presence as ‘legendary’ and this artist is truly someone that has found his niche’ !


1 X Pencil Condenser mic (Tabla)
1 X Line out (Korg WaveDrum) 

Ross Learmonth

After nearly two decades or touring and recording, this prolific songwriter is about to embark on a series of solo shows, entitled: BARE BONES – an exclusive journey detailing the description and explanation of the song writing, stories and events that took place that projected this artist to the foreground of Music in South Africa as the front man and main Song Writer of Prime Circle. 


It will be the first time that Ross Learmonth has ever ventured out on his own and opened himself up to the behind the scenes and process of these songs to the public. This is in preparation for his long awaited solo album that is said to be released later to early next year. 

See you at the Song book sessions