Barry Thomson: Guitar / Vocals
Dawn Selby: Keyboards / Vocals
Mali Sewell: Drums / Vocals
The band was formed in October 2011 and has performed country-wide for various productions, including high profile corporate and private events and theatrical shows. In 2007, Dawn, Barry and Mali were part of the support band for the official opening of the new ICC Arena where George Benson & Al Jurreau were included in the line-up. For 8 years, the band featured in Heritage Theatre productions and tribute shows including: ‘Taste Of Thomson’, ‘Brothers In Arms’, ‘Rock Legends’, ‘The Jazz Singer’, ‘California Dreaming’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘King and Queen’, ‘Stratpack’, ‘More Than A Feeling’, an Eagles Tribute show ‘Takin’ It Easy’, a Rodriguez tribute ‘Cold Fact’ and ‘Five Decades of Rock’.
In the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Durban International Blues Festivals, The Reals performed at the Catalina Theatre. In the 2014 Blues Festival, they backed the internationally acclaimed musician Raphael Imbert and in the 2015 Blues Festival, were the backing band for the ‘B. B. King Tribute’ at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. In 2016 Blues Festival, The Reals performed at The Plant as the backing band for the ‘Muddy Waters Tribute’ which featured Jimmy D. Lane and top local performers. In 2019, The Reals backed the international artiste Pat Savage.
The Reals have performed at various venues, including ‘Live’, Music in the Meadow and the International Convention Centres in Durban and Cape Town. They completed successful seasons of tribute shows including ‘The Reals Festival’, ‘Woodstock’, ‘Laurel Canyon’, ‘Rock Guitar Legends’, ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and ‘Dire Straits’ at the Rhumbelow Theatres in Durban, Kloof, Durban North and Pietermaritzburg. They have released their second CD ‘Tribute Volume One’ which features fourteen live recorded tracks from their most popular tribute shows.
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