Open mics and jam sessions

Despite my almost non-existent social media presence, I get a few emails. The single most common enquiry, if I look back, is from musicians new to the area looking for a place to play and perhaps meet some local musos. Some are professionals just...... Read More

School bands and a bass called Beatrice

  Sarah Spicer I don't have a lot of connective tissue for this week's column. But what I've got are many interesting and eclectic gigs, which have nothing to tie them together other than that they're happening here in the Bay....... Read More

Fondly remembering Roly

If you'll excuse me this week, I'll skip what's coming up and pause for a few recollections; one of Tauranga's great “characters” has left us. I'm talking about the indefatigable Roly Hammond, organiser of so many things...... Read More

More folk coming to town

Folk music is noticeably popular in the Tauranga area. It's been that way since I started writing for The Weekend Sun and doesn’t seem in any danger of dying out. A lot of that has, of course, got to do with the Katikati Folk Club (KKFC)...... Read More

Music for the end of the world

Perhaps I've become a little pessimistic, but lately I keep seeing signs of the end of  the world. Because things don't seem good. Fears of an impending zombie apocalypse may have passed, but there appear to be new menaces around every...... Read More

Say goodbye to Brilleaux

Next Saturday, June 16, there’s a gig to say goodbye to Brilleaux. Again. Many people suspected that when Brilleaux frontman Graham Clark moved to Hawke’s Bay 18 months ago, it would signal the band’s demise. Quite the opposite has...... Read More

Museum ramblings and reflections

It’s a messy one this week - a couple of bits 'n' bobs that I can’t tie together. Firstly, I wanted to follow up on last week’s column. You can find it on the SunLive website under ‘Music’ but, to cut a long story...... Read More

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




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