Staying informed in an information age

Writing this column there is one complaint I get more frequently than any other. It's that people don't know about stuff that's happening.... Read More

It‘s New Zealand music month. Hooray?

It's New Zealand Music Month; the concept still seems a bit strange to me. I get the idea of course. Lest New Zealand music be lost in the glut... Read More

Three for the road - jazz, folk, blues

Sometimes I'm a bit torn about what to put in this column. There are generally two directions things can go. Firstly, and the most tempting, is... Read More

Crunch time for the Oscars

Anzac Day, or at least the public holiday for it, coincides with the Oscars. It has not been a good year for awards shows. Nights of glitz and glamour... Read More

Music from all around the world

This week let's have a look at next week. Live music continues apace. I've picked out three very different gigs of interest, one leaning Celtic,... Read More

A perfect weekend in Tauranga

With Bay Dreams, One Love and more, Tauranga is getting a name as a festival city; but there's something unique about the Jazz Festival. It may... Read More

Welcome to a jazz-free zone

After a two-year build-up it’s here; jazz is in the air, everywhere you look around. Fingers crossed about the weather, and I hope everyone has... Read More

A world of jazz and film – here!

Okay. Last column before the Jazz Festival arrives. It’s quite exciting... There is a veritable deluge of music about to flood the town, with... Read More

Dylan, The Rolling Stones and a little jazz

Normally I write about new music, but a bunch of old music has unexpectedly appeared this week... Before that though, a quick reminder that the National... Read More

Reviews, Gigs, Gossip - Get it here

I have all sorts of titbits for you this week: reviews, gigs, gossip... yep it's more action-packed than an Oprah interview. First up, let's... Read More

Across the (Electric) Universe

Once again I find myself writing to you from limbo, from a level that may be different by the time you read this... Which means that whatever plans... Read More

Grant Haua conquers Europe

Last week Grant Haua launched Awa Blues, already probably the most significant Tauranga release of the year. It was sent out into the world via a small... Read More

No Future at The Historic Village

Writing about promotional (ad)ventures from Your Enabler Presents makes me think of a David Lynch movie. Blue Velvet, to be exact. He was once called... Read More

Shirley Ryder - Keeping The Faith

There are all sorts of musical stories in Tauranga; Shirley Ryder's must be amongst the more unusual. Not long ago Shirley, a singer/songwriter... Read More

Festivals, festivals, festivals

Who's the most popular band in the Bay this summer? It's a close run thing. What with Tauranga now being celebrated as Festival Central for... Read More