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This year has been rough on musicians; every week seems to come with sad unexpected news of someone we've lost.And last week was much the same. We lost a giant in his field, someone who left an indelible mark on his chosen style of music, someone...

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‘The Right Note' is the massive new book about the last 50 years of the Tauranga music scene; I talked about it last week. Written by Brilleaux frontman Graham Clark, it is now available in all its coffee table-filling glory from Books A Plenty.And...

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History is so easy to lose. Some things almost immediately vanish into the past in a contradictory swirl of memory. But even when history is documented it can still be lost. Graham Clark waited for two years with the manuscript of his first book ‘The...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expands on things that currently make him happy. And, once again, this week he's very happy. Why? Gigs. Yep, music makes Winston happy. As William Congreve wrote: “Music has charms to soothe...

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Hello again y'all! Hope you've recovered from the pleasures of Easter...And what a splendid Easter it was: the sun came out and showed off Tauranga at its best. With music, street performers, a kid's park, and food and drink, The Strand...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. And this week he's very happy. Izzy Bones (Dylan Israel). Photo: James Stanbridge.Because it's Easter. Hot cross buns, Easter eggs, chocolate...

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On Valentine's Day a new radio station launched in Tauranga. I gave it a nod and promised to follow up in more depth – a chat with the owners, a couple of DJs and maybe the studio cat (every studio needs a cat). But things move at a leisurely...

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We continue the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things that currently make him happy. This week he's sampling a little something from each of the major pleasure groups: albums, gigs and movies. Yum!My Pennyworth's latest CD.161)...

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I'm glad I'm not organising a festival at this time of year.As I commented a few weeks back; there are a few nervous promoters out there at the moment and as summer goes on and the weather gets increasingly iffy it gets more and more risky...

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Gigs are like buses sometimes, but that covers a lot of possibilities.You could say that they're both usually late enough to be inconvenient; you could say they're both usually either too crowded or too quiet. On the bright side, you don't...

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