Music from all around the world

This week let's have a look at next week. Live music continues apace. I've picked out three very different gigs of interest, one leaning Celtic,... Read More

A perfect weekend in Tauranga

With Bay Dreams, One Love and more, Tauranga is getting a name as a festival city; but there's something unique about the Jazz Festival. It may... Read More

Welcome to a jazz-free zone

After a two-year build-up it’s here; jazz is in the air, everywhere you look around. Fingers crossed about the weather, and I hope everyone has... Read More

A world of jazz and film – here!

Okay. Last column before the Jazz Festival arrives. It’s quite exciting... There is a veritable deluge of music about to flood the town, with... Read More

Dylan, The Rolling Stones and a little jazz

Normally I write about new music, but a bunch of old music has unexpectedly appeared this week... Before that though, a quick reminder that the National... Read More

Reviews, Gigs, Gossip - Get it here

I have all sorts of titbits for you this week: reviews, gigs, gossip... yep it's more action-packed than an Oprah interview. First up, let's... Read More

Across the (Electric) Universe

Once again I find myself writing to you from limbo, from a level that may be different by the time you read this... Which means that whatever plans... Read More

Grant Haua conquers Europe

Last week Grant Haua launched Awa Blues, already probably the most significant Tauranga release of the year. It was sent out into the world via a small... Read More

No Future at The Historic Village

Writing about promotional (ad)ventures from Your Enabler Presents makes me think of a David Lynch movie. Blue Velvet, to be exact. He was once called... Read More

Shirley Ryder - Keeping The Faith

There are all sorts of musical stories in Tauranga; Shirley Ryder's must be amongst the more unusual. Not long ago Shirley, a singer/songwriter... Read More

Festivals, festivals, festivals

Who's the most popular band in the Bay this summer? It's a close run thing. What with Tauranga now being celebrated as Festival Central for... Read More

So who likes the new Wharf Street?

There seems to be an increase of dissatisfaction in Tauranga these days; people are cross and getting crosser. Perhaps it's because this is an ever-expanding... Read More

Celebrating Shona

Fifty years is a long time to do anything – if you want to spend that length of time on something you need to start young. Luckily, Shona Laing... Read More

Eclectic January Touring

Many people I know switch off a bit at this time of year. While a lot of folk are now back at work and the beaches are becoming quieter, there are a... Read More

Start the year with a little blues

So we're now over a week into 2021. Hmmm... There was a vague sense that once we farewelled that savage Year Of Our Lord 2020 things would change.... Read More