Rebel songs could lose potency

As New Zealand hems and haws over the efficacy of legalising marijuana, musicians and songwriters face a different conundrum: What happens to the future... Read More

Sean Bodley – Superhuman guitarist

Tauranga has a number of cottage industries. One of them is guitarist Sean Bodley. I’m not sure if “cottage industry” is exactly the... Read More

Winston is easily amused

There is, once again, a raft of unusual and interesting shows on the music horizon. But before moving onto more musical matters, a recent newspaper... Read More

Jazz is done but the beats must go on

So Easter and the Jazz Festival are  over for another year. But the beat goes on... Actually, this weekend is a quiet one. Perhaps everyone needs... Read More

It’s here – the 57th national Jazz Festival!

Today I want to do nothing but rave about The Jazz Festival. Because it deserves it. The 57th Tauranga National Jazz Festival is about to kick off and... Read More

Jazz – piano bashers set to duel it out

Only a week to go now and the 57th National Jazz Festival will be underway. Of course, the music has already begun, what with the very successful National... Read More

Jazz in a people’s paradise

It’s April, the cruellest month as TS Eliot called it, but here in Tauranga it is time for musical celebration with The Tauranga National Jazz... Read More

My word, that’s 800

Time flies when you’re having fun, so it surprised me to realise that this month marks my 800th column for  The Weekend Sun. I started these... Read More

A big world of films to explore

The way we access our entertainment is always changing;  it can be hard to keep up. I certainly feel that way. I find it increasingly difficult... Read More

Don’t get snaky with St Patrick

New Zealanders have a soft spot for St Patrick; I put it down to the snakes. I arrived in New Zealand some 40 years ago and one thing that struck me... Read More

Max Christoffersen – music lover

Death was in the air last week.  Excuse me if I dwell on it. Luke Perry, star of a TV show that “defined the ‘90s” died at 52... Read More

Promoting local music is just a call away

If you’re planning something musical in the Bay – be it a festival, concert, show, gig, album, EP or single – there’s one easy... Read More

Folk Club holds big birthday bash

It’s always a pleasure to dish out a happy birthday, and that’s what I’m doing this week. It’s a big birthday at the beginning... Read More

Reasons to be cheerful – Part 41

We return to the occasional series wherein Winston expounds on things currently making him happy. This week he’s once again as contented as a cat... Read More

Jam Factory is what Tauranga needed

An obvious indicator of getting older is people you know dying. I realise that’s not a very happy way to start a column, but at a certain time... Read More