Critical Mass - The Band

F olk Rock for all time


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Flipside Music Competition re-visited

Posted by critical-mass on May 29, 2011 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (3)

The Flipside Music Competition,, organized by Shaun Berry and Flipside Music, appeared on the CM horizon and after some debate, a decision was made to 'have a go'. This required some soul searching for a pub, club and event 'cover and original' band to put out a professional product of only original music that would make an impression. Once we were all on board, the commitment to perform at another level was relatively easy. The challenge was taking the decision ...

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Flipside Music Competition

Posted by Erick on May 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM Comments comments (1)

Congratulations CRITICAL MASS for making it to the next round of the FLIPSIDE MUSIC competition

What's in a Name

Posted by critical-mass on May 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (1)

Why Critical Mass I hear you ask?

Weeeell, critical mass has much to do with nuclear fission but this band would prefer to not be related to that concept. Critical mass is also related to reaching a stage in an activity where the process becomes self sustaining. This is a concept (if taken to music) where we could definitely relate.

An extremely talented group known as Crosby, Stills and Nash had a hug...

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Long Time gone

Posted by critical-mass on October 26, 2010 at 6:47 AM Comments comments (1)

1970,s... two young learner musicians (Glenn and Erick) with cheap guitars and dreams of recognition. Crosby, Stills and Nash harmonies are the benchmark. We would play for anyone who would listen and even those who wouldn't. Discovery one- we could actually sing (the answer was No to "would you walk out on me") and Erick harmonized to make David Crosby proud.


Enter two inexpensive guitars (Ibanez and Saxon) and a Pioneer tape recorder and we were on the bottom ru...

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History middle bit

Posted by critical-mass on October 20, 2010 at 5:47 AM Comments comments (1)

In the late 1980's a young lady by the name of Willa du Toit introduced Glenn and Erick to an interesting mix of folk musicians including serious Afrikaans folk musos who played a type of music that received very little air time on radio. This was a wake up call to the type of music that was really going on in folk circles in S.A..


They were invited to play at a gathering on a Klapmuts farm and this became a regular annual event with Glenn and Erick as the mainstay sound wi...

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History (band members comings and goings)

Posted by critical-mass on October 17, 2010 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Critical Mass- the band, has evolved over the years from a duo into an extended grouping or music club. Members have come and gone but are always considered to be still part of the 'Club".


In the 1970's, the band considered Crosby, Stills and Nash (and later Young) to be FolK-Rock deities. There followed bands such as The Eagles and America and the influence was unmistakable in the sound of the band, including the songwriting style of the members. Interest in Progressive Ro...

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Critical Mass Site Launched

Posted by critical-mass on December 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the launch of the site


This is the start of a new adventure. The creating of new site is always going to be a long but exciting process. Despite the progress seeming halted at times, every new bit of info added, each new photo, every new comment, is but another "brick in the wall". Slowly but surely we will build up this site to keep you, our friends and supporters up to date on what Critical Mass is up to and what is on offer.



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