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

The Golden Turtle Awards for 2020

This is the last column of the year and it comes with traditions. There's a cocktail recipe coming up, and I'd like to offer a big swoop of... Read More

The Mudcats are coming to town

We're taking next week off, so this'll be the last column before Christmas. Traditionally for this one I try to include a bunch of recommendations... Read More

This is the place for Grant Haua

OK. Nearly Christmas. Footloose and Covid-free. This week I have three shows for you. First up a concert by the most excellent Grant Haua, who has spent... Read More

Eclectic local music - pass it on

I have always thought of the Tauranga music scene as pretty middle-of-the-road. But perhaps I've been wrong. That struck me the other day as I prepared... Read More

Irish songs and afrobeats - we‘re so lucky!

Is it wrong to keep patting ourselves on the back for being so lucky? After a while does it come across as hubris? I don't know. But I do know that... Read More

New seasons for Janne Izett

The Tauranga launch for Janne Izett's debut album is next weekend. It's been a long journey... You might have come across Janne in this paper.... Read More

Some sorrys and the Symphonia

Let's start this week's column in a humble manner: with an apology. Actually, a few apologies, though I do try to get things as accurate as... Read More

Anthony Coulter shares Memories

November must have been designated Album Release Month by the musical powers that be. Sean Bodley and Anthony Coulter and the two Jans - Jan Preston... Read More

The Mount to Katikati – music everywhere

We may be fresh out of a long weekend but the music never stops. Well, I say that but it does seem that there is a little breathing space this weekend.... Read More

Tune in to Bob Dylan radio

It seems a long time since I've written about Bob Dylan. No doubt that has caused rejoicing amongst the many of you fine readers who harbour an... Read More

A deluge of new local music

Just occasionally I feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of music all around us. And this week is one of those times since every day seems to... Read More

Déjà vu all over again

This week it looks like a case of déjà vu all over again. Shows once cancelled are returning apace. It's happening so much that when... Read More