Positive songs for negative people

One of the many enjoyable things about writing a column is learning new things. That’s about fifty per cent of the beat really: you learn a bunch of new stuff, get excited about it, and then tell everyone. Obviously, many of these things aren't...... Read More

Find free music gigs all over town

Gigs, gigs, gigs. They keep piling up. This week I have a veritable plethora of them.Let’s start with a couple of one-offs. On May 31, singer Lydia Pense and guitarist Robben Ford are coming to Baycourt with the Rodger Fox Big Band. I don’t...... Read More

Jamming away at The Jam Factory

I sometimes get a case of the guilts over things I neglect to write about.There is so much music and music-related activity in Tauranga that I know there are bucket-loads of things I forget about, accidentally miss, or am completely unaware of. I have...... Read More

More music on Sundays

“The only constant thing with you is change.” Ritchie Pickett wrote that a few years ago in his song ‘Chameleon’.He wasn’t actually the first to coin the idea, which has been around for a little while. The phrase: ‘The...... Read More

Recording studio revival

Not long ago people predicted that recording studios could go the way of video shops; recent evidence suggests a premature judgement.If you’ve followed this column for a while you’ll have noticed a certain pessimism vis a vis the future of...... Read More

Farewelling the Kings Arms – again!

On February 28 this year, iconic Auckland pub the Kings Arms finally closed its doors after nearly 120 years in business. The pub has now been bulldozed to make way for a new apartment block. That’s what happens to New Zealand’s musical history,...... Read More

A busy week of music

Every so often a week arrives that challenges even the most hardened music lover.You can liken it to waiting for a bus and then two arriving at once (not a problem you’re likely to experience in Tauranga) or use the old famine and feast metaphor....... Read More

The Jazz Festival – bouquets & brickbats

And just like that, it’s gone. Next!After a solid month of writing about the Jazz Festival, I’m going to miss it. And it was a good one this year, so let’s dole out a few bouquets and brickbats. First up, James Morrison - what an inspired...... Read More

Think Easter, think jazz, think downtown

And it’s here! The National Jazz Festival, Tauranga’s biggest annual musical celebration, has arrived.The first concert’s on Thursday night, Youth Band Competitions on Friday and then it’s all on, the big shop-window for the festival,...... Read More

Think Easter, think jazz, think Baycourt

As promised, this week we’ll look at jazz bands playing at the Jazz Festival.There are - and I don’t think I need to emphasise this too much - a lot of them. After all, this is the National Jazz Festival and, looking at the concert series,...... Read More

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