Playing blues at the Jazz Festival

Okay. As I promised last week – Jazz Festival stuff. It'll be here in a mere couple of weeks, so I thought as a blues lover I'd start with a couple of international blues visitors. Next week, jazz. First is award-winning guitarist Jöel... Read More

An eclectic build-up to Easter

With last week's full moon, we're getting close to Easter. The next one will be the Easter full moon. Easter is weirdly lunar, so it bobs around a bit and this year it's quite late in the great scheme of things. Actually, many of us... Read More

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Lettuce Inn

Some days you wake to good news, and the world seems brighter as a result. I had one of those mornings this morning. The first thing I saw when I dialled up some online news made my heart go pitter-pat with delight. Colour me happy. It's not necessarily... Read More

A weekend of folk and jazz

Ready, steady, go! The second wave of festivals is underway. By now I assume we're all thoroughly sick of cyclones, so bring on the music. Luckily there's plenty around - starting this weekend in fact. I wrote about the Aongatete Folk Festival... Read More

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

Opinion Poll

What are your thoughts on the council’s proposal to increase rates 40 per cent over the next three years?

Good, it will help pay to revitilise the city
Not good, rates are high enough now
I’m ok with an increase, but maybe not such a big one

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Penumbra on Sunday. Photo: Joan King.

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