27 December 2002
Another great transition into a new year, Tahora style. See the photos here.
26-28 October 2002
It was the first time for Trude to attend a Fredstock and we sure hope it
won't be the last. So close to home and yet definitely "out of Auckland".
It was a marvelous weekend of sharing with friends. Thank you Fred! See the
15 September 2002
Richard Gilewitz at The Bunker
||What an awesomely pleasant surprise! I haven't seen this level of expert
musicianship in New Zealand since Tommy Emmanuel played at Sky City over
a year ago. To be able to enjoy it in an intimate setting like The Bunker
is one of those rare transcendant treats. I can't recommend Richard's show
to you enough. If he is going to be anywhere near where you could possibly
see him I guarantee you won't regret spending whatever effort it takes you
to get there. Not only is his music extraordinary but his personable style
and laid back sense of humor provide an intimate and personal context in
which to appreciate it. Several of us didn't get our fill on Sunday and
went to Richard's workshop at Tabac on Monday. It 'twas a guitar players
dream. DON'T MISS this opportunity to see a world class musician in the
intimate setting of your club. You can see Richard's tour schedule here.
Find out more at www.richardgilewitz.com.
3 August 2002
Another soul rejuvenating weekend at Waharau came about thanks to all of
us who attended and made it what it was. Special thanks to Royal Deborah (see
the photos) for taking the initiative and following through to make it happen
and to all the volunteers (you know who you are!) who added some of themselves
to the event. See the photos here.
17 June 2002
Diane Ponzio at The Bunker
|| What I said almost exactly a year
ago still applies in full measure. To sum it up: wow!!!! I took heaps of
photos and had some problems with the flash. Interestingly, the ones that
at first appeared totally black were most evocotive when recovered using
extreme digital techniques. I have made a collage here.
Have a listen to a five second
31 May - 3 June 2002
Winter Shakup Festival at Waharau
It happened, it was marvelous. Read all about it and see the evidence here
13 May 2002
Martin Curtis at The Bunker
|| A good Kiwi bloke singing good Kiwi songs. And that's not all, he gave
us lots of amusing stories and poems all the way from Tibet to the antics
of South Island Keas. I got to try out the new digital camera that captures
5 seconds of audio along with the visual image. Have
11 May 2002
Brazen at Titirangi
|| Between Lou Hayes with her thousands of eggs, and Ang Kidd with her whisky
and Taurus hair, was Jo Taylor to
hold it all together and lead the way. Brazen they were, all while delivering
an uncompromisingly high standard of quality Celtic music. These lovely
lasses will go far and have a good time doing it.
5 May 2002
Barb Dwyer at The Bunker
|| This hurdy gurdy woman sent The Bunker into hurdy gurdy heaven. It's
really great to see a musician who is passionate about their music deliver
a passionate performance of that music. Her heart melting smile at the end
of each song seemed familiar - finally I realized it is the same exultant
smile that I used to love seeing when Eddy Van Halen played his guitar.
I was fascinated by the rhythm aspects of her playing facilitated by the
"dogs". When you go see her perform don't forget to ask for "the
bluegrass song", number 2, and everything you always wanted to know
about the hurdy gurdy. Barb is a lovely lady with a fine sense of humor,
an accomplished musician and a joy to watch. It's not often that you'll
get a chance to hear the hurdy gurdy played with such style and skill in
New Zealand. Speaking of number 2, what are you dreaming about these days,
15 April 2002
The Old Reserve at The Bunker
|| What can I say? You just had to be there and you sure missed out if you
weren't. Greg makes a great straight man next to Roger's...well, I'm really
not sure what Roger is but Greg is a great straight man next to it. You
just had to be there.
7 April 2002
Kristina Olsen at The Bunker
|| While still flying high from the Keb Mo concert the night before we felt
like seeing Kristina tonight would be like a bonus. I had forgotten how
her performances can be so powerfully moving. By the end of the first set
my face hurt from smiling and my eyes were red from crying. Next time I
will remember to being the Kleenex. Her clever and hard driving guitar
arrangements reinforce the emotional punch of her lyrics. Mr. MO didn't
make me cry.
6 April (evening) 2002
Keb MO Concert
Attended the Keb MO concert with our friends Larry and Karon. Mr. MO has got
the MoJo and he was showing it to us that night. Extremely tasty guitar arrangements,
skillfully delivered, with lyrical content that leaves one feeling hopeful for
a better world (you don't find that everyday in the blues genre), a hard driving
right hand thumb that keeps the rhythm pumpin' and the feet thumpin'. Once again
I had to marvel at how undemonstrative a New Zealand audience can be. I hope
Mr. MO didn't think he was a flop.
6 April (afternoon) 2002
Mahinarangi Tocker Workshop
I spent a rainy afternoon enjoying Mahina's workshop on creativity and songwriting.
Although many lessons were learned, the one that struck me the most is realizing
how we are exercising creative energy almost constantly in our everyday lives.
Somehow that seems to make songwriting seem a little less daunting. Still haven't
cranked out a song though :-).
29 March - 1 April 2002
Easter Weekend Te Aroha Festival
Had a wet but nonetheless magical three days of sore but happy fingers, great
music and mingled souls at the Te Aroha festival. Mark and Jill have posted
lots of nice photos from the weekend here
17 March 2002
Bill Passalacqua at The Bunker
|| Bill gave us a night of North American style acoustic music with a heavy
influence from the contemporary country and bluegrass scene. The majority
of the songs are Bill's own creations. It felt great to hear some well crafted
songs in the Texas tradition. I played backup mandolin for Bill at the Temple
bar a couple of nights later. He stayed at our house one night and we enjoyed
his company at the Te Arohoa festival. He kept us laughing through the rain
with stories and songs from Texas.
11 March 2002
Reekie/Robertson at The Bunker
|| David Reekie and Ann Robertson gave an evening full of very tastefully
arranged music crossing several genres. David's clever and beautiful guitar
arrangements make a perfect accompaniment to Ann's powerful singing. We'll
miss them when they head back home to Scotland.
23 February 2002
100th Birthday Party
Tony and Jenny had this clever idea of having a party at their property to celebrate
the day that their combined ages added up to 100. It was a nice relaxing weekend
of music and friends.
16 February 2002
||While back in Texas for a short time I was fortunate to be able to acquire
a Rigel mandolin. This is one of the finest instruments I have ever played
and I am now keen to do a lot more mandolin work. Find out more here.
25-27 January 2002
Auckland Folk Festival
Had a great time at the Auckland Folk Festival. It was a great weekend of camping
and continuous socializing and jamming. I was having so much fun being there
that I couldn't make myself stop long enough to take any photos.
14 January 2002
Les Barker at The Bunker
| There is no way to describe the Les Barker experience. You just had
to be there. Suffice it to say that you should expect to find yourself
racked with uncontrollable laughter for the duration. Your sides will
hurt, your face will hurt and your bladder will strain from laughing so
hard and long.
Music in 4th Quarter 2001
Music in August 2001
Music in July 2001
Music in June 2001
Music in May 2001