On the 20th of February 2012, the debut performance of Riders from the Storm was held at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. The show is the first of its kind, with SIX Legendary South African guitar legends sharing a stage! In this pilot event, the featured guitarists were Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Albert Frost, Mauritz Lotz, Valiant Swart and Nathan Smith as the mystery guest.
The brief to these musicians was simple: Each should contribute three compositions to the group’s performance in which that particular musician plays the lead guitar to accompaniment from the band, (and sometimes other members of the line-up). They were given a choice of doing two original or two classic rock tunes. Furthermore, all the guitarists contribute to four or five numbers where they all play together…
They have all earned themselves nationwide recognition for their diverse and excellent musicianship. “A smorgasbord of musical excellence”!
Since inception, a mystery/guest performer has contributed to the line-up, with Nathan Smith having been the first mystery performer/sixth guitarist. In every show the sixth mystery guest is recruited from guitarists who play in popular rock bands, session musicians and solo artists. Previous mystery performers include the like of Terence Reis (Dire Straits frontman), Jan Blohm, Dozi, Francois van Coke, Akkedis, Gerald Clark and Mark Haze.
Riders from the Storm is an initiative undertaken by South African rock guitarist, Mel Botes, wearing his producers cap. He is renowned for his craftsmanship on the electric guitar, his interpretations of legendary classics, his original compositions and, more recently, his classical repertoire. Botes himself is an accomplished guitarist. The show is directed by Richard H Nosworthy, who has collaborated with Mel Botes on numerous other productions. The performers are supported by a full band.
The line-up for 25 July 2018 includes Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Robin Auld, Valiant Swart and not 1 but 2 new guitarists joining the four “old hands” on stage! One show only!
Artists: Mel Botes, Piet Botha, Robin Auld, Valiant Swart, Storm Productions