Henry and Dave met in 1977 at Cairngorme Caravan Park near Springs where Henry’s Band, “Eternal Now” was doing an afternoon show. The drummer had invited Dave along for a jam. Dave plugged into Henry’s amp, and so a partnership began. Between Dave’s work in the Hotel business and Henry’s work as an Engineering rep they would get together in the afternoons and at weekends and play just for the fun of it. After a while they both realised they just wanted to play music and not “Hotel” or”Rep” it. They went for an audition with Maurice Fresco who got them their first pro gig at the “Rebel Inn” in Benoni on 1st of November 1978 (Thanks Maurice). The hotel manager at the time needed a name to advertise, so he christened them “Abbott and Crabb”.
…and so the journey started.
If you’ve lived in South Africa, and you don’t know Abbott & Crabb…we wonder where you’ve been hiding. A Pommie and an Oke from Springs who have managed to survive and prosper through 33 years on the SA entertainment scene. Dave and Henry’s unique blend of comedy and music has had audiences laughing and singing from Cape Town to Lusaka , Johannesburg to Swakopmund, Durban to…. just about anywhere there are people. Most people are amazed to find that they can actually play their instruments, and rather well at that. They are both vocalists and guitarists and their music ranges from Bluegrass to Rock. Dave’s an adept fiddle player and Henry’s handy on the banjo.
Dave’s guitar playing and musical talents coupled with Henry’s humour are an awesome combination.
Visit the Abbot and Crabb website here.