Jonathan "Jono" Tait
Jono Tait was born in Cape Town and took to playing music as soon as he started school. Starting out in the choir and taking piano lessons, he branched out into trombone in high school. At the age of 15, he decided to pick up guitar and since then has not looked back.
Jono first and foremost established himself as an acoustic player and songwriter before picking up an electric and giving that a real chance at the age of 19. His first bands were acoustic and harmony driven, notably The Hedges and For Folk Sake. In 2013, Hatchetman came together, an acoustic trio built around an incredibly three part harmony blend. The band came second in the Barleycorn songwriting competition in 2014. An incredible opportunity was afforded the band of appearing at the CT Folk and Acoustic Fest held at the Baxter in 2014 and are booked to play the same fest at Kirstenbosch in 2015.
Later in the same year, Jono was gifted the incredible opportunity of filling the late, great Allan Faull's shoes as lead guitarist in seminal and pioneering Cape Town Alternative Rock Band, Falling Mirror into which he plunged himself with great success and general acclaim. Within the first three months of joining the band, they had already been afforded the opportunity of sharing a bill with Freshlyground at the De Waal Park Concerts in the Park.
Most recently, Jono joined forces with Aidan Martin, a hard rocking guitar player from Pretoria in the Aidan Martin Band.
Jono's musical tendencies are strongly aligned with the music that was often blaring in his family home while growing up. His father, Richard, was a musician and can take all the credit for introducing Jono to many of the classics including The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty. Subsequent forays into finding his own style has lead Jono to bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Cream and Eric Clapton amongst many others.
On a totally different note, Jono was the musical director, musician and actor in a highly acclaimed musical comedy, Fergus of Galloway, written by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the Nr. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. The play was selected to be in the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2014 and was rated one of the picks of the fest.