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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Now that they’ve finally been unveiled on Tauranga’s waterfront, what do you think of the bronze Hairy Maclary sculptures?

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Get down, get your groove on and get jiggy – Saturday is International Blues Music Day.Yep, the first Saturday every August is, according to IBMD director Johnny Childs, “a day for the international community to unite in celebration of the...

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All sorts of bad things can happen in a city like Tauranga; it's lucky we've got the council to protect us.Say what you will about the council – and if you ever glance at the comments on stories at Sunlive it seems clear that people...

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Despite trying to answer all emails, I must confess I'm a lousy correspondent.I say this by way of an apology to everyone I haven't replied to. Sorry. I really meant to. Your emails are important and do affect what I write about.Recently this...

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It's that time of year – new local albums are emerging. I can think of five currently out or almost ready. Two of them come from Welcome Bay's Colourfield Studio and they share the distinction of having specific time periods at their...

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It must be time for a catch-up. It's been a while.This week we've got a whole bunch of stuff: people coming back from overseas, people leaving for overseas, injuries and illnesses and – of course – some upcoming gigs.First up,...

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Occasionally, Winston's brain is so mouldered from over-indulgence that he can't string together a coherent column. So just picks stuff he likes. He hopes you like it too.    Gig of the Week: Next Tuesday, June 30, at 7.30pm,...

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Frost is crackling underfoot on the lawns of the Watusi Country Club – time to throw another banjo on the fire.Gee. Banjo jokes just aren't the same without Doctor Jazz around. These days the only people using them play in folk bands where...

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Damn you Rogers Rabbits for writing the catchiest column in the world.And after all the help I got from transcendental meditation and industrial quantities of counselling that would have rendered the Energizer bunny calm and mellow. Brilleaux has one...

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Still the most pleasure I get from this column is writing about people making original music.A song can change your life; a song can change the world. A song can make you smile in the car; a song can inspire a nation.Tuner playing at Rosie O'Gradys...

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It's hard to believe we're already stumbling into June.And it's yet another long weekend, though as long weekends go it seems pretty laidback. Long weekends tend to mess things about as far as music, events and gigs go. Bands learn pretty...

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