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Carn of Worms

Can of Worms hail from East London in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and consists of eight band members: Steve Meise, Cindy Schenk, Debbie Fairley, Jayson Holloway, Dave Collis, Dean Webber, Niel van Dyk and April Bosazza.

We have been together as Can of Worms for approximately nine months now and the majority of us have played in bands our whole lives thus far. Music is our absolute passion and what we have together is something very special, incredibly unique with a raw edge that appeals to a very diverse audience. At our shows you will find fans from 8 years old to 80 years old, such is our diverse appeal.

The band was formed by drummer and key songwriter Steve Meise, and we already have a handful of gigs under our belt including Silhouette Farm, Legends Showcase Venue and, most recently, the opening slot for one of South Africa’s bestselling artists, Jeremy Loops. All Eastern Cape performances, we have already established a solid fan base here, one which is growing steadily.

We also recently went into the studio and recorded our first single entitled ‘Mother Earth.’ Written by vocalist Cindy Schenk, this track is a perfect showcase of each band members musical talents and a songwriting debut for Cindy.

The type of music that we play is essentially a successful combination of each members individual musical influence. A truly eclectic mix of sounds: earth rhythms, punk, Woodstock rock; but all with a message of positivity and peace.

Cindy Schenk has enormous stage presence and compliments the sound perfectly with her outstanding vocal range; Steve Meise, key songwriter and drummer is the heartbeat of the music and driving force behind the band; Dean Webber is responsible for the sound effects that give Can of Worms its inimitable sound; Niel van Dyk plays the electric guitar with his own distinct air: edgy riffs that contribute to the final mix; April Bosazza contributes beautifully smooth sounds on the saxophone and flute, an essential component of the overall sound; Dave Collis plays a mean bass providing the crucial deep groove and hypnotic drive; and Debbie Fairley and Jayson Holloway are indispensable on percussion with their rhythmic pounding of the djembe, clear sounds on the cowbell and deep guttural growls on the didgeridoo.

Together, we have something special, a musical style that is hard to pinpoint but a genre which is one of the lesser explored in music.

Our music is out there, it’s fresh, it’s exciting and it’s happening, right now. So why not open up a Can of Worms, sit back and watch the world turn...

About us:

Debbie has been involved in the music industry for 13 years and started off as a manager for a drumming band. After falling in love with the Djembe and the drumming scene in general, she became involved in various groups and her passion grew. Always ready to encourage other musicians to follow their passions too, she then began organising Open Mic events in the Eastern Cape and spent many years jamming in different circles. When talk of forming a band came up, Debbie was first in line and absolutely loves her role in Can of Worms on Djembe and percussion.

April is a Woodwind specialist with clarinet being her first instrument, followed by saxophone and flute. She has a degree in music from the UK where she specialised in the composition and interpretation of graphic and experimental music. She also has a keen interest in Music Therapy and dreams of doing a Masters one day on the subject. She has played in various ensembles since a young age: wind and jazz bands, orchestras, quartets and quintets, to name a few. Her influences include artists such as Bonobo and Zero 7 who use auxiliary instruments in alternative and dance music.

Cindy is a spirited hippy child who is all about positivity, nature and nuture. She cites Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman as her biggest musical influences and says that their passion as artists motivated her in the darkest of times. She has an incredible vocal range and has previously sung in choirs and, in a solo capacity, for different events in the Eastern Cape. She has also proved herself to be an incredible songwriter, as displayed in some of the band’s songs. Cindy has all the charisma that a band needs in a frontman and, through her performances, she emits love and an unmistakable warmth.

Niel has been playing guitar since the age of 17 after watching a music video and falling in love with the instrument. After purchasing a cheap acoustic guitar, he taught himself the basics, developed his own unique style, and has gone from strength to strength ever since. His musical influences include Golden Earring, Led Zeppelin, White Stripes and The Shadows. He studied music at NMMU, a module which covered Jazz, Classical and Rock. He also studied the Piano. He has previously played in Afrikaans rock band Volks Vyand who did incredibly well from 2007 onwards, opening for nationally acclaimed band FokofPoliesieKar.

Music has always been an integral part of Dean’s life, forming and participating in various bands over the years including Mozart Mania, Not Even the TV and Vultures of Freedom. For Dean, Can of Worms is an incredibly special project and he feels that they have struck the right chord with the blend of music they create. His instruments of choice are the guitar, bass and electronica and cites his influences as Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby and Merkaba.

Dave has been involved in music since the age of 10, when he received his first ever drum kit. He joined the school Cadet band as a drummer at the age of 13, bought his first guitar at 16 and first bass at 21. He has never looked back, following his passion for music ever since. He has been involved in many bands and projects from East London to Cape Town and even to the UK. Dave’s musical influences range from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Nick Cave and Groundation.

Jayson’s father and uncles were all musicians so his musical interest began at a very young age. He developed a specific passion for African drums and percussion and has been playing for approximately 12 years now. He refers to the Djembe as the Rolls Royce of African drums and has had the honour of playing with top-class drummers over the years. He cites master Djembe player Mamady Keita as his inspiration and still learns from him every day.