Top local musicians band together to keep Heather Waters walking
The Nameless Pub, Main Road Somerset West, Sunday 30 June, 3pm – 10pm, R20 Entrance
Top local musicians band together this Sunday, to help keep Heather Waters walking.
Julian Bach, The Akelian Circus, Craig Vee, Ruan, Jesse Jordan Band, and the infamous Akkedis, are set to combine talents in support of singer-songwriter Heather Waters as she battles peripheral neuropathy.
For almost ten years, British born folk-rocker, Heather Waters, has spent an innumerable amount of time dedicated to raising much needed awareness for a variety of charities and community projects around South Africa. After years of travelling backwards and forwards between the UK and South Africa, Heather Waters returned to Cape Town in 2006, bringing with her an array of new material and an even more richly developed style. Leading a somewhat nomadic existence in her 1975 VW Campervan, Heather and her band of merry musos have consistently chosen to focus their musical talents on making significant contributions to a variety of Community and Environmental Development Projects within the areas they have visited on their many nation-wide tours. These projects include gigs for Animal Welfare, Cancer Foundation, Addo Raptor & Reptile Centre, African Angels in Cintsa, Crags View Wild Care Centre in Port Edward, and Imibala Childrens Foundation in Somerset West, to name but a few.
In March this year, however, the humanitarian and musician began experiencing an extreme burning sensation in her feet, which turned quickly to an unbearable pain; within two weeks, Waters’ condition had deteriorated to such an extent that she was completely unable to walk. After months of being confined to a wheelchair, coping daily with an unexplainable and excruciating pain in her feet, and enduring untold frustration, countless tests, referrals and re-referrals,
Heather has finally been diagnosed with acute Peripheral Neuropathy ; a severe and degenerative condition resulting from damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which directly effects the general functioning of the nerves in ones legs and feet.
As a result of this recent set back there has been a delay in the official release of Heather Water’s latest album, including her single, ironically entitled, Keep Walking. The undeniably moving title track off the album was written three years ago, long before anyone could have guessed that its core message would serve as strength and inspiration in overcoming one of the most challenging times of Waters’ life.
Waters is currently on medication in an attempt to manage the severe and debilitating pain as she awaits test results that could assist in identifying the cause of the problem.
To raise funds that could put this inspiring local talent back on her feet, as well as to assist her with growing medical costs -top local musicians have banded together to create the first in an ongoing series of Heather Waters Benefit Concerts.
The first installment is scheduled for this coming Sunday 30th June 2013 at Nameless Pub in Somerset West Main Road. Featuring live music all day, with fire-spinning performances and great spot prizes and giveaways to the value of over R5000, as well as a Cort Guitar from Paul Bothner – the event looks set to be indicative of fellowship, generosity and community spirit. Starting at 3pm, bring your own meat and let Nameless braai it on open flames in the courtyard, enjoy a glass or two of your favorite poison, and join us in support of this incredibly brave young artist.
"Heather Waters’ music is thought-provoking folk-rock at its best! With lyrics that make you want to listen, a unique vocal style and a stage persona that engages on a sincere yet playful level, a single performance will take the audience through a range of emotions, and leave you with a smile on your face." Mike Smith, Editor, Your LMG
The Second Heather Waters Benefit Concert will take place on the 30 August 2013 at Hudsons on Vredenheim Estate near Stellenbosch, and will feature music by Solms-Delta, Heather Waters and rock sensaation ARNO CARSTENS. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0721953185.
PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT CAN BE FOUND HERE