Digby and The Lullaby are the indie singer-songwriting duo that’s stirring hearts all over South Africa. Although their musical partnership spans just two years, Rouchelle Hubsch and Darren Digby Peens have already been hailed by their growing collection of fans as a match made in heaven.
On piano and lead vocals, Rouchelle Hubsch plays and sings with a haunting depth of emotion that far surpasses her young age. As an only child, Rouchelle found the piano a profoundly rewarding companion, and has been writing songs since she was seven. Now just twenty one, Rouchelle has already written over 60 songs, and caught Darren’s attention at the Kingfisher FM Do you Rock original music competition.
On guitar and backing vocals, Darren Peens fell in love with music when he was just 6 years old. Darren then got his first taste of ‘rock stardom’ as guitarist in Eminent Child: a band that found relative success in South Africa and Europe. These days, armed with a Dictaphone a note pad and an acoustic guitar, Darren never stops creating.
Collectively influenced by anyone with a great song, Digby and The Lullaby thrive on intimate performances. The theatre is this band’s first choice of venue. “It makes our connection with the audience so real and tangible,” smiles Rouchelle. “It’s also really helping us gauge which songs to put on our album,” adds Darren. Digby and The Lullaby have just finished tracking their debut album in New York with producer Kieran Kelly (Sufjan Stevens, Angus and Julia Stone) and are aiming for an Easter release.
Although they ultimately want to grow their audience, and are currently working to express their music through film and television as well, they like the idea of keeping their live performance roots in theatre.
Live performances to date include shows at Seabrooke’s Theatre in Durban, The Chaplin at Uptown Theatres in Port Elizabeth, Googies in New York and an invitation to play at the prestigious Hilton Arts Festival in Durban two years running – where extra seating had to be put in after their first performance. Ralph Piaden (the Fleur du Lys’ theatre manager) commented that they were ‘the most complimented act’ in his theatre throughout the festival.
Goosebumps, standing ovations, and an audience moved to tears are not uncommon at Digby and The Lullaby shows. When you click play, you’ll understand why.