They shared stages back in the late eighties and nineties when she was the lead singer in the rock band Sweatband and he was the guitar-playing surfboy singer melting teenage hearts, and now Wendy Oldfield and Robin Auld have joined forces and will appear in East London next Wednesday night.
Speaking to the Saturday Dispatch this week, Oldfield, who lives in the Wilderness, said the idea for the collaboration first began a few years ago when Auld’s company Shoreline Publishing produced her last album, Supernova.
“We have been good friends for years, sang on the same stages when I was in Sweatband and as a result of the album we thought we should sing a song and that’s what we did at the Grahamstown Arts Festival,” said Oldfield.
The Auldfield Summer Sky Tour is the second tour the musicians have undertaken and also the second time they have included East London, although their first visit a few months ago was an 11th- hour, un-publicised occasion.
“It was a last minute thing and we just did a sneaky show at the Captain’s Table, but it was great and so we thought we would come back.”
This time around East London has a proper inclusion on the nine-town Auldfield Summer sky Tour which began in Greyton yesterday and ends in Stilbaai next Saturday.
“We are doing nine gigs in nine days,” said Oldfield.
Oldfield and Auld have done more than combine their surnames to name their collaboration. They have taken each other’s greatest hits like All of Woman (Auld) and Acid Rain (Oldfield) and adapted them, duet-style.
Wendy Oldfield and Robin Auld’s Auldfield Summer Sky Tour will be on at the Captain’s Table at 4 Nord Avenue, Abbotsford on Wednesday, December 20 at 8pm. Tickets cost R60 and are available at the pub. Phone (043) 721-0083. — barbarah@dispatch.