Hey there friends and family of Hatchetman. 2018 has been an eventful year for the band, to say the least...
The band started the year on a hugely positive note, playing the Route 62 Unplugged Festival in Robertson, sharing the bill with Francois van Coke, Manouche and Jack Parow to great acclaim. We were also part of a hugely successful gig hosted at the Cape Farmhouse by our management group, Sit the Folk Down alongside sibling acts The Shabs and Nomadic Orchestra. Along with signing a publishing deal with Shoreline records, Hatchetman seemed, once again, poised to take over the world.
Alas, this has not quite worked out as hoped for owing to the usual circumstances out of our control.
Steph, our wonderful guitarist, will be out of commission for the next four months on Paternity leave and we would like to wish him all the best as he welcomes his second child into the family. We look forward to welcoming him back into the fold from August when he returns from France.
Alex, our bass man extraordinaire, has decided to seek his fortunes abroad as he relocates with his family to Spain in September and we can only imagine the greatest success for him there.
Alex came into Hatchetman at a time when we were at our lowest point and not only resurrected our flagging spirit, but injected a creative energy and positivity that brought this line-up to previously unimaginable musical heights. It is with great sadness that we bid him farewell and wish him all the best for the future.
What this means of course is that we have been very quiet on the gigging front of late as we have been tucked away in rehearsals with replacements in order for the band to continue. Big plans are afoot for the next three months, the band will be hitting the gig scene hard again to prepare for our first tour in two years.
We have been accepted for the National Arts Fest once again and for this year, have planned a tour up the Garden Route to culminate in a week run at the festival. We have dates booked in Wilderness, Knysna, PE and St Francis and are looking very forward to hitting the road again!
In other news, as part of our quest to spread the Hatchetman music as far and wide as possible, Matt and Jono have formed a "side project" acoustic duo, still performing under the Hatchetman moniker but as a much reduced unit. This duo is available across the board for small gigs, corporates, house concerts and anywhere that a drum kit can't fit ☺
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on our upcoming gigs.
All the best,
Matt and Jono