Deep South perform in Darling – 7 Nov 2015

Comprised of guitarist / pianist Dave Ledbetter and percussionist Ronan Skillen, world music duo Deep South is an instrumental collaboration that incorporates in their music sounds from across the globe. Musical influences from the east, west, north and particularly the south merge to create a skillfully crafted acoustic style with colorful grooves and poignant melodies.
Deep South’s lyrical compositions are executed with a delicate precision that falls easily on the ears.
Fronted by Dave and Ronan, the duet collaborates with various artists from around the world who bring their unique flair to Deep South’s ‘trip folk’ sound.
To date they have recorded 2 albums, the latest having been recorded in Switzerland by ECM artist Björn Meyer.

Deep South

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Darling Music Experience: 7-9 & 14-16 February 2014

For two weekends in February, Darling comes alive to the sound of classical music. The theme of the 2014 Darling Music Experience is “Beethoven Comes to Darling”. Once again the programme offers a line up great music, food and wine in the rural setting of Darling – “only an hour from Cape Town… but a million miles away.”

Some of the highlights this year are the young soprano Hlengiwe Mkhawanazi, the composer in residence Mac McKenzie, the amazing jazz trio and many more… For the full programme see below and visit For tickets, call Innes on 082 310 3404 or e-mail

Darling Music Experience 2014

Darling Music Experience Programme

Rocking the Daisies in Darling 3-6 Oct 2013

rocking the daisies


Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival is back for another year at Cloof Wine Estate in DarlingLook out for the big guns!

After a sold out festival last year, expect more space, bigger arenas and top-class international content. Capacity will once again be limited to 15 000 of you festival frolickers, so get your game face on and snap up those tickets while you still can!


Rocking the Daisies: 4-7 October 2012

Internationally acclaimed indie rock legends, Bloc Party are confirmed to headline at Rocking the Daisies 2012! This universally respected band has already headlined some of the world’s most famous festivals and will be adding RTD to its very impressive list, which includes O2 Academy, Leeds and Reading Festival, T in the Park, Glastonbury and V Fest. South Africa now has the chance to be blown away by one of the best live acts in the world on Saturday 06 October at Rocking the Daisies, Cloof Wine Estate,Darling.
Just less than a year ago a big question mark loomed over whether new music would ever emerge from Bloc Party. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects, and reunited in September 2011. In May 2012 the band announced via their website that their fourth album, Four, will be released on August 20, 2012.
In February 2005 the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named ‘Indie Album of the Year’ at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That same year the record went platinum; with Bloc Party selling two million albums worldwide.
Now they return with their strongest, most vital statement to date in their triumphant new album ‘FOUR‘. The four piece of Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong reunited, prompted by a creative impetus inspired by a dramatic year in world events, as well as a shared desire to rekindle their singular musical kinship. ‘FOUR’ presents a band in the fullest sense of the word: lean, hungry, spirited and uncompromising, armed with a collection of songs as powerful and anthemic as they’ve ever penned, as well as some of their mosthard-hitting and visceral recordings to date! Daisies fans will get to watch this all unfold on the main stage at RTD 2012.

In Kele’s own words: “the record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make, and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made”.

FOUR‘ will be released August 20th via Frenchkiss Records.
Rocking the Daisies will take place from 4-7th October 2012 on Cloof Wine estate in Darling. Get your tickets NOW from!
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What’s happening in Darling during May 2011?


Groote Post, the historic wine farm on the West Coast, presents a wine experience with a difference. Groups, of between 10 and 20, are entertained in the Private Room of the Manor House to a wine tasting in which the farm owners give a brief presentation on the history of the farm dating back to 1706. The talk includes anecdotal references to Hildagonda Duckitt, doyenne of South Africa’s cook book writers, whose “Diary of a Cape Housekeeper” is an account of her growing up as the hostess of the Groote Post farm in the 1860s. Guests enjoy 4 white cultivars and a starter followed by a tasting of 4 red wines and a main course followed by a dessert.

Bookings are essential and can be booked through the cellar on 022 492 3430 or e-mail:


Evita se Perron

To find out what’s on the programme during this month, please visit  or contact Beryl on (022) 492 3930 for enquiries/bookings or e-mail 

The Theatre/Restaurant/Bar, Boerassic Park & Evita’s A en C (arts & crafts) are open Tues to Sun from 10h00 to 16h00. for visitors to enjoy the vibe.

Saturday 07 May

Open house at Duckitt Nurseries from 9h00 until 12h00.   These Open Days take place every first Saturday of the month May – November. Admission is free. Complimentary tea and coffee. Various orchid pot plants, spikes and accessories for sale in pack shed. Debit and credit card facilities available. One of the greenhouses will be open to the public. Contact: 022 492 2606 or e-mail:

Please be advised that the Orchid Shop on the Oudepost Farm, will be open from May until October – Monday until Thursday – 09h00 until 12h00. The Orchid Shop has a variety of orchid pot plants and accessories for sale. Orchid flower orders can also be done directly through Lynne. Contact: Lynne Duckitt at 022 492 2368 (The Orchid Shop is separate fromDuckitt Nurseries)

MOTHERS DAY:- Sunday 08 May 2011

Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve – Mother’s Day Menu

Fresh Home-Made Bread / Cream Mushroom Soup


Leg of Lamb in Mint Infused Gravy / Pork & Dried Fruit Stew / Deep Fried Hake

Vegetables in Season / Roast Potatoes/ Savoury Rice

Apple & Pecan Nut Salad / French Salad / Curry Green Bean Salad


Tiramisu / Cappuccino Mouse


R175 per person R75 per child under 12 years

(Reservations essential) 022 451 2824/072 356 4797


It’s Mother’s Day at Lelieblom

Treat your wife and/or mother to a lovingly prepared, relaxing, laid back and traditional Mother’s Day Lunch on the farm!

Let us spoil her, make her day special…WHY… because…she DESERVES it!

R180.00p/p Children under 12 R75.00 p/c

Bring own wine.

Every Mom will receive a small gift from Lelieblom

Please book in advance: Karen 082 573 7736


Mother’s Day @ the Marmalade Cat


Smoked Salmon Potato cakes

Spinach and Ricotta crepes


A choice of:

Lamb shanks served on mustard mash

Coq Au Vin on creamy mash

Bombaystyle fish on Basmati rice

Country veg bake


Crème Bruleè

Lemon Meringue

R130-00 per person Bookings 022 492 2515


Sunday 15 May 2011

Owen Brits accompanied on piano by Rika Steenkamp performs at Lelieblom

12:30FOR 13H00

Join us for an afternoon of glorious and heavenly music!  Sit back, relax and  sooth your senses while Owen and Rika transport you to a world filled with angelic music, perfoming  a repertoire of light  classical  works for flute and piano from well known composers like Bach, Rachmaninov, Telemann, Chaminade and Bizet,


Owen Britz obtained his B Mus degree from the University of the Free State in 1999 majoring in piano, always being in love with the flute it was a natural progression from the piano to the flute.

Owen obtained the UNISA Performer’s Licentiate in Music (Flute) cum laude in 2010.

He has premiered works by Hendrik Hofmeyr and Christo Jankowitz and has performed as soloist at the Darling Music Experience, Voorkamerfest and various other concerts and events.

 Owen is currently working on his Masters degree in Performance at the University of Cape Town.

 Rika Steenkamp obtained her B Mus degree and Diploma in Organ music at the University of Potchefstroom. Rika’s love for organ started from the age of 14 and since the age of 15 was instructed by Marthie Koornhof in piano and church organ music.

  Rika obtained her Higher Teaching Diploma with honours  from Unisa and accompanies singers, instrumentalists and choirs.

 Recently at the opening concert  of the Darling Music Experience,  Rika accompanied the community choir  singing excerpts of  Rossini’s Petit Mass Solonelle.

R150.00 pp LIGHT LUNCH included Advance booking essential please

Karen Basson 0825737736 E- mail:

Saturday 21 May

Time to get moving if you want to enter the Darling Half Marathon and 5km Fun Run!!

Pack the car with the kids, ouma and yes even the dogs for the annual Darling ½Marathon, 10 km run, 5km fun run and Doggie Dawdle.   Not only is it the canine social event of the year but one in which the whole family can enjoy a happy, fun day in the country.  For the serious fitness lover there is the 21 km run and for those who like to smell the coffee along the way there is plenty of time to walk it.  For those who enjoy a stroll get those feet a-moving with your furry family members and stand in line to win lots of prizes and surprises with stalls, Darling’s famous pancakes and good clean country air.

For more info phone Mary on 0826845575 / 022 492 3401


Saturday 21 May

Darling Museum Open Day

Each year the Darling Museum celebrates International Museum Day by holding an Open Day and this year is no exception.

All welcome. Free entrance to the museum on this day.

Time: From 10h00 until 14h00

Traditional Crafters at Work

Local crafters will showcase their talents in a variety of old-fashioned crafts such as quilting, spinning and weaving, butter making, flower pressing, beadwork, and much more.

Visitors can watch these crafters as they demonstrate their work and perhaps purchase a San or Xhosa beaded necklace, homemade butter, a mohair spun & woven scarf, etc.  Car Boot Sale

All kinds of interesting items for sale in the parking area opposite the museum! Please contact us if you would like to book a space!

Tea Garden

Bring the family for a treat in our new garden area; tea, coffee, sandwiches and snacks or Boerewors rolls.

 Bring the family, bring friends – discover and enjoy our wonderful museum in Darling!!

For more information phone 022 492 3361 or e-mail

Saterdag 21 Mei


10:30vir 11h00

Ontmoet vir Ilse Salzwedel in persoon en luister na haar vetellinge van

die stories agter die stories  van haar nuwe  boek  Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee, en hoe die boek ontstaan het. 

Daar is heelwat humor in die boek, en jy sal beslis anders dink oor mense wat hul heil buite SA gaan soek. Dis sommer ‘n informele reis na die res van die wereld.

Moenie die geleentheid misloop om een van ons eie bekroonde skrywers in lewende lywe op Lelieblom  te ontmoet nie! Ilse skryf gereeld artikels vir Rooi Rose Lees gerus haar artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in Rooi Rose!

Sukkel jy om jou lyf te aanvaar (of jy nou maer is of minder maer)? Lees dan llse se artikel oor ma’s en dogters en hul lywe in die Rooi Rose wat  op die rakke is. Ilse deel die ware verhale van ‘n paar vroue, en was verstom.

“Ma’s met dogters, ons het ‘n baie belangrike verantwoordelikheid teenoor ons dogters.” se Ilse

Come and meet Ilse Salzwedel in person and listen to the story behind the stories of her new book, “Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee” and how the book came about. The book is humorous and you will surely think differently about the people who looked for their welfare outside SA. It is an informal travel to the rest of the world.

Ilse regularly writes articles for Rooi Rose, such as mothers and daughters and their bodies. Ilse shares true stories of a few women. “Mothers with daughters, we have a great responsibilty towards them.” says Ilse

R100 p.p. ligte verversings ingesluit                                                                    

Bespreking noodsaaklik asseblief Karen 0825737736

Thurs 26 May

Wildflower Meander

Flora Group walks take place in the Reserves in and around Darling/Yzerfontein as follows:

Darling: the last Thursday of each month with Helene Preston 082 222 8135   .

Yzerfontein: from June on the first Wednesday of each month with Libbes Loubser 022 451 2504.

We explore the reserves for whatever is flowering that day, also to find anything new, and to discuss anything botanical as we go along. These are gently walks, so anyone can come along.


Saturday 29 May

The Darling Country Market

This community market has its home at the Nitrophoska Building in the Main Road of Darling.  The market opens promptly at 10h00 and trades until 12h30. With the emphasis on home made, home grown and hand made; stallholders sell fresh produce, flowers, home bakes, special breads, preserved olives, arts & crafts including pewter and much more…. Why don’t you join us?

Contact Con Meyer 082 927 6225 for information or to book a stall


Please note: Some of these events are subject to change – to avoid disappointment please enquire/make a booking with the contact person above before making arrangements to attend an event

Dianne le Roux

Darling Tourism

+27 (0)22 492 3361

The Darling Music Experience Dinner Recital: 29 September 2010

Wednesday 29 September

19h00 at !Khwa ttu

Swiss Violinist Sibylle Tschopp and Isabel Tschopp, Piano

Claude Debussy Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano

Ernest Bloch            Baal Shem – Three Pictures of Classic Life

Edvard Grieg           from Sonata No 2 in G major Op.13

Tickets including dinner R250

For more information and tickets call 022 492 2998

Darling Music Experience: 11-14 Feb 2010

Darling Music ExperienceA celebration of the good things in life… a sensual feast of classical and contemporary music, jazz, food, wine and big-hearted country hospitality.

The Darling Music Experience is now in its 5th year and aims to present small concerts in a rural setting for both lovers of classical and more popular music.

A top local composer is commissioned every year to write a piece especially for the festival and in doing so the Darling Music Experience nurtures and showcases the exceptional talent we have in our country.
The venues for the concerts vary between scenic wine estates, Darling’s lovely old Presbyterian Church, village barns, and even a vlei. Delicious local food and the well known Darling wines play an integral role in the DME and enhances the whole experience for concertgoers.
Kids can enjoy the DME Musical Rally, a fun event encouraging them “to use their ears as eyes”.

THURSDAY 11 February 2010, 12h00
Up Close & Personal – an intimate lunch with Concert Pianist Andreas Kern
Admission: R250
Venue: Hilda’s Kitchen, Groote Post
Limited seats are available for this exclusive intimate lunch with German concert pianist Andreas Kern. Passionate about classical music, Andreas will chat to you about music and life as a concert pianist. Afterwards together with Andreas, taste Groote Post Wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at Hilda’s kitchen.

Darling winesFRIDAY 12 February 2010, 18h30
Concert with the DME Festival Choir
Admission: Free
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling A wide range of popular choir works, both sacred and secular, will be performed in front of the old Manor House. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

FRIDAY 12 February 2010, 20h00
DME Rising Stars
Admission: R100 per person
Venue: Presbyterian Church, Pastorie Street Saxophonist Hamman Schoonwinkel and Myles Roberts, winners of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition 2009, team up to create an eclectic programme of classical music including: Poulenc, Sonate; J. Demersseman, Fantasie; D. Milhaud, Scaramouche; P. Gaubert, Intermede Champetre; P. Iturralde, Pequena Czardas.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 10h00
Film Screening “El Systema”
Admission: Free
Venue: Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street
This multi award winning recently released documentary covers the extraordinary success of this famous music education initiative in Venezuela.

Darling Music ExperienceSATURDAY 13 February 2010, 13h00
DME Classic Lunch
Admission: R350 includes meal and wine
Venue: !Kwa ttu
A wicked combination of not one but four of life’s greatest pleasures. Wine, Food, live classical Music and a fantastic view. The highly trained !Kwa ttu Chef, Vivienne Pieterson, has planned an exclusive four course meal paired with delicious wines. Andreas Kern will interpret, on the piano, the essence of the dishes and the wine prepared especially for the DME.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 16h00
The Ormonde Musical Wine Tasting Concert
Admission: R100 per person
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling Enjoy a concert amongst leafy green vines and the ambience of a summers afternoon with the DME Chamber Orchestra. Their programme includes Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Vivaldi: Summer and Shostokowitsch: Waltz No 2. Sit on hay bales or your own chairs and blankets and enjoy a picnic ( bring your own ). The delicious wines from the award winning Ormonde Wine Estate will be tasted. Aaah Life is beautiful.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 16h00
The DME Olympiad – a musical fun rally for kids.
Admission: Free
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling Whilst the parents are enjoying the wine tasting concert, flutist Dillon Peters will take your kids on a tour of music and fun following the Darling Music Experience motto: use your ears as eyes.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 19h00
Piano Concerto: The Duel
Admission: R100
Venue: The Darling Vintage Transport Museum, Hill Street, Darling This is no ordinary concert in no ordinary venue. It will be performed by pianists Andreas Kern and Tertia Visser in the form of a duel. You the audience will be the jury. Programme includes Chopin: Opus 10 and 25; Debussy: Claire de Lune & Lisle Joyeuse; Bach: Prelude d-minor & e-flat minor; Schumann: Toccatta; Schubert: Impromptus g-flat major SUNDAY 14 February 2010 9h00
Interdenominational Church Service
– with the DME Festival Choir
Admission: Free
Venue: The “Vlei”, behind Evita se Perron Celebrate life and the beauty of it together with the locals in this rural outdoor setting. Bring your own chair or blanket and don’t forget a sunhat.

SUNDAY 14 February 2010, 12h30
The Tukulu Jazz Lunch
Admission: R250 includes meal and wine
Venue: The Marmalade Cat, Main Road, Darling It’s Valentines Day! Bring your special friends and enjoy west coast style jazz with The West Coast Jazz Co, perfect for a summers day in the quirky Marmalade Cat Barn.
The programme includes Killer Joe ( Benny Golson ), Moanin’ ( Bobby Timmons ), On a Clear Day ( Lerner / Lane ), Cute ( Neil Hefti ), Satin Doll ( Ellington / Strayhorn / Mercer ) and God Bless the Child ( Herzog / Holiday).

SUNDAY 14 February 2010, 17h30
The DME World Premier Concert
Admission: R100
Venue: Presbyterian Church, Pastorie Street, Darling The final highlight of this festival. The DME has again commissioned a piece of classical music. This year the young and brilliant composer Matthijs van Dyk has written for us the “Clarinet Quintet No. 2: Dances of Moonlight”. By popular demand this world premier will be followed by Hendrik Hofmeyr’s “Song of the Summerwind” for flute and violine, last years commission. Among the musicians: Farida Bacharova, Maria du Toit and Owen Brits. Dancer Mamela Nyamza, will ad a special facet to this extraordinary line-up.

DME Festival website:

Book through Computicket: or tel 083 915 8000

Mary on 082 684 5575 or

Feeling eco-friendly at Rocking the Daisies 09

by Ruth Cooper (courtesy of

Rocking the Daisies

It seems that this year’s Rocking the Daisies was not just more eco-friendly, but also more friendly in general. Reading a couple of post-event reviews, the general consensus seems to be on what a happy, fun and friendly fest it was and I, for one, would agree. Beautiful weather (excluding the vicious night winds), beautiful people, beautiful music – aaah I wish I was still there.

Saturday morning, the sun rose in a clear blue sky, the wind subsided and those not too tuckered out by a crazy Friday rose early to get the day started. As mentioned in Miss Sindy’s review, there was much to see and do, and enough entertainment options on offer to make one feel quite torn. “Shall we go check the Red Bull Radar Competition or get grooving in the electro tent, no wait, the Best of the Fest Comedy is about to get underway – maybe we’ll just stay here by the dam and work on soaking up some sun… good plan.”

Saturday night brought more deliberation; dancing like a trancie in that very awesome electro tent with Marcus Wormstorm or hanging out with the prodigal Just Jinjer at the main stage? Just Jinger won out in my case and I think I made the right decision. They are like the poster band for Rocking the Daisies, hippy looking lead-tick, tight tight vocals and instruments-tick, happy positive and socially conscious lyrics-tick, proudly South African (even after a stint in the States)- tick. The RTD audience and I welcomed them back with open arms. 

Another proudly SA band, Prime Circle, was next on stage and rocked and worked the crowd like the true professionals they are. While waiting for Prime Circle to do their thing, a girl standing next to me proclaimed: “Sorry hun, I’m like going to mosh you when they start, their my all-time favourite band.” I replied that this should be no problem as long as I got to mosh her back. She didn’t seem to agree with this line of thinking so I disappeared to the photographers’ pit when they started and left her to mosh in peace. Personally, I find Prime Circle just a tad boring, just a little too mainstream for my taste, but on Saturday night I couldn’t help but get caught up in their tight rock tracks and, suddenly, discovered that I knew the lyrics to most of their songs. 

The Black Hotels, EJ Von Lyric and Gazelle kept those there at the main stage “happy and clapping like they knew it” while Haezer, Graze Digger and Killer Robot kept the Red Bull Electro Tent thumping well on into the night.

Rocking the Daisies 09 was a huge success on many levels, learning from past years’ problems and fixing them, and then some. It’s no wonder that there were so many happy love and goodwill vibes in the air; we can’t wait for next year.