More eggciting Easter music

Dammit Jim, I'm a columnist not a meteorologist!This is proving eminently true after I happily predicted fine weather for Easter last week. Now, a little closer to the event, there looks like a distinct likelihood of sogginess. Fingers crossed.I... Read More

Downtown Easter

Another week, and another wet one in the Bay – Jazz Festival organisers must be pleased.I'm just guessing there, of course. That's going on my theory that if so much water is pouring from the sky right now, then there can't possibly... Read More

Take the last train to ‘Goneville’

Greetings from somewhere underwater out back of Te Puna.So much for a clear run through till Easter. And it was Easter that I'd promised to write about this week, a guide to all the street entertainment that will be coming your way in a mere couple... Read More

Shed, quarry, beach: concerts everywhere

Easter. It's coming up fast. Jazz Fest ‘n' all. This column isn't about that.No. Next week I'll have a comprehensive look at the downtown section of the Jazz Festival but for now I wanted to let you know about a last-minute... Read More

Bonnie and Blind Boy – no complaints

There is one complaint I hear more frequently than all others.About music that is. If we threw it open to any sort of complaint I wouldn't know where to start. But the musical complaints are relatively predictable and unchanging.There are complaints... Read More

Busy weekends planned in the Bay

Organisers of recent festivals must be breathing a sigh of relief. No rain. That's top of the wish-list for any festival organiser. All of the bands turning up on time is highly desirable but you can work around that. But at an outdoor festival... Read More

Talking about Bruce

We need to talk about Bruce. I was in Auckland last Friday night for Bruce Springsteen's second New Zealand concert, the final show of the tour, and writing this I'm still buzzing from the incredible energy he puts out.If you haven't... Read More

Fine weather and festivals

I imagine a long, lush, late-February and a March filled with glorious sunshine. That's what we deserve, what really should happen after a January and February when the weather stuttered like a damp bonfire but failed to really ignite. It would... Read More

Folk and figs? It’s time for a festival!

Last year I managed to offend the organisers of the Folk Under The Figs festival and I'd like to take this chance to offer an apology. At the time, I was trying to use the word ‘amateur' as a compliment, much as one of my heroes, Orson... Read More

Musical allsorts – take your pick

I must confess that I like these columns to be ordered and tidy; it's long been a failing, but there you go. On the other hand, learning to embrace chaos is an essential element in appreciating music, with most music relying on a judicious mix of... Read More



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