As winter is giving way to spring, albeit slowly in the Cape this year, Palm Strings has entered a new season in its history. Funerals and memorial services around Cape Town have brought relief from the usual busy travel schedule that takes us to the outer reaches of our province to entertain wedding guests at lush wine farms.
Perhaps we were not ready for this season of funerals and memorial services until now. The repertoire we’ve built over the decades has given us a rich store of musical emotions to call upon when the moment arises. For example, one dearly departed was lovingly remembered by his kin as being of somewhat insistent character. After the eulogy, we broke out Frank Sinatra’s My Way, much to the delight of the fawning guests who could warmly bask in the vivid memory of their beloved father, brother, uncle and friend.
Another time, a small memorial service at a Newlands house began as a somewhat tense and complicated affair, but ended a rip-roaring party—no doubt we had the songs on hand to make each of those unique moments.
If you should find yourself in this most unfortunate of situations, consider allowing Palm Strings to turn tragedy into triumph and making your memorial service or funeral a moment to remember.
We’ve added a host of songs to our repertoire that have quickly become modern wedding classics.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the 2012 classic Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
A Million Dreams from the 2017 hit film The Greatest Showman
Head over to our Audio Samples page for more!
Palm Strings will be entertaining guests of Maritjie’s Famous Pub & Grill at Baardskeerdersbos to their trademark blend of toe-tapping pop and folks songs and beloved classics.
They’ll play from 17:00 till late on Saturday 28 August — come early to get the best seats!
Titia got a call from someone who wanted a violinist to play Schubert Serenade for her wedding on 9 January this year. This song was not part of Palm Strings’s repertoire at the time so they arranged it for violin and guitar, rehearsed it and met the bride at the Chapman’s Peak turnaround to play for them since they are based in Hout Bay. A more Covid-friendly venue surely didn’t exist. Needless to say, they were booked on the spot!
Fred Eckley and Sue married at the Kalk Bay Anglican Church with their reception at the Casa Labia, Muizenberg, on the 12th January 2018.
It turned out to be a perfect day.
If you put in the hours of preparation, nothing phases you!
Another picture-perfect evening at Dutchies where Palm Strings could do what they love!
Joke, the owner of Dutchies on Grotto Beach, Hermanus, has a jazz night once a month and the restaurant was fully booked so Palm Strings played on a stage outside!
The weather was perfect, the guests all loved the music and as for the food…. Sometimes Palm Strings has to be reminded that this is called work.
Another beautiful wedding at the 12 Apostles Hotel.
Fiona & Alistair tied the knot with friends and family in attendance. It was a splendid wedding!
Palm Strings played at a wonderful wedding at Rickety Bridge winery in Franschoek. This is what the happy couple had to say:
Hi Titia, we just wanted to thank you for playing at our wedding yesterday at Rickety Bridge, everyone absolutely loved you guys and we had loads of comments on how great you both are and what an extensive repertoire you have. Sorry I couldn’t speak to you we got taken into the the vines for lots of photos. Once again many thanks, Andy and Beth
Every Monday morning sees Palm Strings Duo at no. 1 Adderley street, entertaining the guests who are departing on the luxury Rovos Rail.
It does happen, from time to time, that a wheel comes off….quite literally….and that this normally one and a half hour gig turns into a two-hour epic.
Couple that with a three-hour play for various CEO’s from the “mining indaba ” at the Mt Nelson Hotel and you have two tired musicians who feel nevertheless invincible!