Spotlight on Steve Laffan

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Born in Wellington, Steve Laffan had guitar lessons at the age of seven from 18-year-old blind tutor Miles Butcher after being inspired by Hank Marvin's 'Sasha' and Jeff Beck's 'Hi Ho Silver Lining'. He also... Read More

Spotlight on Paul Foote

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Music and art are strong influences in the Foote family. Paul, who grew up in Westport, remembers his mother singing on the local radio station on a Sunday night. He had classical piano lessons for ten years... Read More

Spotlight on Paul Lethbridge

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Originally from Taranaki, Paul Lethbridge began playing guitar at 19 and performed at the Kontiki Folk Club in Hamilton. Two years later he purchased a banjo, having developed a keen interest in bluegrass. Becoming... Read More

Spotlight on Brendan McCarthy

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl Brendan McCarthy was born and bred in Dunedin and grew up in a household where  music was a primary focus.   He began playing guitar at the age of nine, and formed his own bands throughout high school,... Read More

Spotlight on John Baxter

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl As a small child, John Baxter remembers a jukebox in the cafe where his mother worked, and his father listened to Johnny Cash and 50s rock 'n roll music. Although born in Yorkshire, England, John moved to New... Read More

Spotlight on Ian Clark

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl   Born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK, Ian Clark picked up some basic piano skills as a youngster, having two elder sisters who played instruments in their childhood. But it wasn't until his teens that... Read More

French music sparkles at Tauranga park

Tauranga Musicawith Prof Barry Vercoe Mus D. Tauranga Musica injected French flavour into its 2017 Concert Season when Les Bon Vivants played at Tauranga Park Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Three skilled musicians – all principals from the... Read More

Miss Sea ‘blew me away’

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I first saw this talented young woman perform a couple of years ago, and she literally ‘blew me away' when I saw her using a piece of Marley downpiping for a didgeridoo. She looked like she had a... Read More

Desperately seeking Bansky

Polly Mustard newsie.co.nz Dear Banksy, Once again I board a flight on the airline that shall remain nameless, and I arrive at my destination only 10 minutes late after having decanted 2 passengers and their luggage before departure. Why? Trying... Read More

Spotlight on Aongatete festival

Spotlight on...with Janne GuitarGirl I've had the great pleasure of being involved in helping to run this annual event on the property of my good friends, Paul and Penny Hoggard, at 156 Work Rd, Katikati, usually near the last weekend in... Read More



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