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Perhaps my memory's waning, but I can't remember the start of a year with more events happening in the Bay.Every weekend from New Year onwards has been crammed with concerts, festivals, markets, competitions – pretty much anything you...

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Some things seem meant to be – that's how I feel watching Swamp Thing play.I've seen them several times now, most recently at a festival in Northland a couple of weeks ago.  It was one of those sweltering summer days we're...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week it's gigs, gigs, gigs. That's three gigs in all, and a couple of extras, just because. Country gigs and blues gigs – blow the...

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And we're off. Welcome back. We made it through another year.And we're positively dashing into 2015, though I must confess it seems hard to get more than minimally motivated at this time of year, what with half the country continuing to holiday,...

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And here we are in limbo. One year nearly gone; one not yet started.It seems as good a time as any to do one of those ‘Best of...' things. Except this one isn't. I waxed eloquent about the futility of ‘Best of...' lists recently...

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Last column before Christmas. No stress then...Actually it does seem to be getting a bit frantic out there. Lotsa folk running in ever-decreasing circles. If you're one of them let me just assure you that, yes, the traditional pre-Christmas cocktail...

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Not all of them of course. Nothing like that. Not even enough for a Top Ten list. So much music is constantly released that even pretending I've listened to enough to create a Top Ten would be foolish. And I listen to quite a bit.Folk Roots mag...

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I've got a new local album to tell you about this week. But let's start with Bobby Keys.Bobby Keys, saxophonist extraordinaire died earlier this week. You might have heard, you might have missed it. He was about famous enough to be mentioned...

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I still come across people who express amazement at the musical talent here in Tauranga. It vaguely bugs me.I know it's meant as sincere admiration for whoever the “talent” is, but it's the accompanying dose of surprise that, well,...

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I confidently welcomed the arrival of summer last week – perhaps a little prematurely.It certainly seemed that way over the weekend when I nearly missed the gig I was off to because the raging winds brought on a five-hour power cut here at the Watusi...

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