A festival under the figs

I'm writing on day five of seemingly constant rain; it's getting a bit soggy. There's a hurricane or cyclone coming, maybe both, and then more after that, and at this rate the cats are going to start building little boats so they can... Read More

Music stuff – the good oil

It strikes me that I write two types of column: stories and stuff. I actually prefer the “story” ones - columns with one main subject. Then you can have fun with a structure, by writing a column with a beginning, middle and an end, or do that... Read More

Catching up on Katikati

It's always nice to get good news, and a new festival announcement is always good news. Actually, it's not a new festival. It's the latest edition of a current festival, but every time I get an email from the main organiser, Jess Covell,... Read More

Bureaucracy stomps on concert

I hate to waste people's time, but that's what I did with part of last week's column.It turns out that one of the gigs I wrote about has been cancelled. The latest concert in Rosie's avocado shed in Te Puna on February 8 is off.Illness?... Read More

Coming into a very folky week

Last week was all about upcoming gigs, and this week is more of the same.Once again I'm looking at a few smaller things happening. There are more than a few big events about to arrive, but I figure they can look after themselves. Last week it was... Read More

Plucking lonely Heartstrings

Everything's coming thick and fast on the music scene right now – from festivals to open mic nights, it's happening in Tauranga. And it's going to continue for a while. Amazingly enough, after all these years, the Bay has finally... Read More

Living in films of futures’ past

Welcome to 2018! Hope y'all made it through the celebrations in one piece. And, I guess I should say: “Welcome to the future, sorry it's not a bit more futuristic”. This comes up every so often at the Watusi Country Club around... Read More

New Year's resolutions

A mere couple of days and we'll be saying goodbye to 2017. I assume you have resolutions prepared.To ease us into the New Year I've asked a few prominent local folk from various areas of the music scene here to offer their resolutions for... Read More

More than three good things

They say good things come in threes.  I don't know why.It's just as likely that bad, or even indifferent things would come in threes, unless it's a throwback to the times when everything referred to the Holy Trinity. If that seems... Read More

Christmas presents - it's getting harder

Ten more day to go. Ten shopping days. I know I'm screwed. It just seems to sneak up doesn't it? One minute there's snow on the Desert Road, the next they're playing ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer' in Pak‘nSave.... Read More



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