Reggae fever and three narcs

I write this just as the first line-up announcement for next year’s One Love Festival has been made. And very impressive it is too. You’ve... Read More

Shirley Ryder is Lucy Star

I’ve written about Shirley Ryder a lot this year; today I’m writing about her again. Shirley is a singer, songwriter, YouTube presenter... Read More

Ten shows coming up in 10 days

Perhaps everyone was waiting for the Queen to have her birthday before organising gigs; whatever the reason, there’s a lot of music about to occur. That’s... Read More

Dealing with the difficult music pile

Though I listen to music in all the ways one listens to music nowadays, I still have a preference for CDs. So colour me old-fashioned, stuck in my ways... Read More

One man’s sonic delusion

It seems to be that the colder it gets the more likely bands are to release new albums. Which actually makes a certain amount of sense. When it’s... Read More

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