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Barry Charles at Lukes Kitchen Kuoutunu

One of several gigs that Barry did in New Zealand, this and a local house concert were the standouts!

Great music in the early evening in stunning surroundings with great food, atmosphere and staff – what more can we (or the musician) ask for. Magic interaction and connection with audience and artist. Plus a didgeridoo and bongo jam with Rob Reilly, well known local musician.

Barry’s extreme vocal interpretations of loads of his originals and covers from Curtis Mayfield, The Stones, Keb Mo, Tom Waits and many more kept the large audience spell bound, enthralled and of course wanting more.

Thanks for a great evening Luke and staff, and Barry. Excellent venue, music and pizzas!!!

The Nukes at Eggsentric Café Flaxmill Bay Coromandel January 2012

A great night with the Nukes although sadly only one set as preceded by Bosco and Honey.

We hadn’t heard The Nukes for a while but were pleasantly surprised that almost all their music was new to us, proving what hard working and talented musicians these guys are! They are also unique in that they only ever play originals.

Innovative, original, exiting, and humorous. Dave, Continue reading

Max Maxwell Summersing 2013

What better way than to spend a weekend indulging ones’ passion – that’s what around 45 enthusiastic music lovers recently did at Max Maxwell’s Sing for Joy 2013 Summersing at Sharda Retreat in Tuakau.

Max put huge effort in to organising and making this a great event, assisted by guest tutor/facilitators. Brendan Taafe (USA) and Jimmy Dale (NZ). Continue reading

Joy Yates at Tauranga Jazz Festival 2012 review

In the old Church at the Jazz Village, a perfect venue for an intimate soulful performance from Joy and David MacRae (piano). Wonderful vocals of old standards with nice bluesy soulful accents and great piano. Could have listened for hours.  Sadly I was disappointed with the CD I bought but only because it didn’t reflect the style of the performance I had just seen. Still a good well produced CD though from a very talented performer. Great Joy – come back soon and give us more!

Shaken Not Stirred at Tauranga Jazz Festival 2012 review

Another good performance from a band well known at this festival.  Maybe a little shaky in places, perhaps after a big gig on the Strand the night before. Playing lots of standards with their own flavour – the sort of music that appeals to many of the middle of the road jazz audience.  Easy to listen to and not so improvisational that only really serious Jazz officianados can appreciate it.  A good mix for the many who crowded Red Square for a pleasant sunny afternoon