Blues, Punk, Swing - More August Music

Last week I started looking at live music in August. This week? More of the same. I know I keep going on about it, but for someone who keeps a constant... Read More

Films, music – it’s all on for August

I used to assume that when days start getting longer, they also get warmer.  Sadly that’s not true. And with the arrival of August imminent,... Read More

Experimenting with music

If you thought things in the world were weird before now then just hang on for what's next. This is not the best time to be making predictions but... Read More

Punk rock, percussion, synths – mucho live music

The floodgates have opened, the damn has broken, the cows are coming home to roost. Yes, it is again all on in the live music scene. Bands are frantically... Read More

Returning to something like normal

One more week and one more small sign that we're returning to normal. Concerts in the Gallery at the Te Puna Quarry Park are kicking off again this... Read More

A red guitar and playing the blues

As the music scene returns to normal so does this column; this week we’ve got a blues gig and a new album. The album, My Red Guitar, is by Tauranga... Read More

New music – there’s a lot of it!

Some weeks things simply don’t work out the way you planned. Following a column talking about local studios and the types of albums they produce,... Read More

Recording studio insights

It's an odd feeling, but things seem to be returning to normal. And once again, as I follow foreign news from America, Britain, India, even little... Read More

Local boy makes good (jazz)

Brighton, like many English cites, has a vibrant jazz scene; and there’s a drummer from Tauranga right in the midst of it. Mainstay of the scene... Read More

Bringing colour to the world

We are living, and forgive me for stating the bleedin' obvious, in unusual times. While we ponder moving to Level One, much of the world is tearing... Read More

Living in (musical) limbo

While many things seem almost normal again, the music scene is currently living  in limbo. Actually, I think that's true of a lot of Tauranga;... Read More

Live music is back!

The music scene at the moment reminds me of one of those David Attenborough documentaries. We've all seen them: gorgeous time-lapse photography... Read More

Live music – it’s a tricky one

As I write this we are about to end level 3; as you read this we will have just entered level 2. Things are changing. Many of us – including at... Read More

Still art in isolation

I have a strange tale for you today. It involves the notion of being an artist and, I guess, that age-old question: what is art? I find the whole “being... Read More

Don’t mind the blues

Greetings from lockdown. We're all in the same boat now... I got in early, going into self-isolation 30 hours before the entire country after picking... Read More