Listening to live music; going to shows in NZ in the 70s

My sister remained in Taranaki. In the first couple of years after she had left school she went to listen to bands in pubs even though she was legally too young to do this. When she & I talked more about the live music she heard growing up in the 70s, she said she went … Continue reading Listening to live music; going to shows in NZ in the 70s

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Listening to live music: going to shows in NZ in the 50s & 60s

My friend Maureen could only remember going to one live show in the late 50s & that was to see Johnny Devlin when he played at the Town Hall in Lower Hutt. She wasn't given permission to go but went anyway, leaving the house via a window & running to meet a boy who had … Continue reading Listening to live music: going to shows in NZ in the 50s & 60s

Glyn Mason (as half of the Pardoners) at Gibson’s Wine Bar Nov 24, 2018

Gibson's is a small welcoming wine bar in an old 2-storey building in Burwood Rd in Hawthorn. Glyn & Sam See (aka the Pardoners) played in the window with the passing traffic like buses and trams behind them & passing foot traffic pausing to look & listen while locals popped in & out to buy … Continue reading Glyn Mason (as half of the Pardoners) at Gibson’s Wine Bar Nov 24, 2018

Spectrum (plus Madder Lake) at the Spotted Mallard Nov 2, 2018

The combination of these two bands makes such a great evening's entertainment. Once again Brendan Mason played with Spectrum before he moved to his better known role with Madder Lake. Spectrum's Mike Rudd and Brendan complement each other musically and Brendan brings a sense of mischief to Spectrum as it approaches its 4th decade. Brendan … Continue reading Spectrum (plus Madder Lake) at the Spotted Mallard Nov 2, 2018

Showbands! Mahora and the Maori Volcanics (Mahora Peters with James George: Huia Press 2005)

Maori showbands contributed enormously to Australian entertainment from 1961 for more than a decade. In Sydney when US troops were there on rest'n'recreation leave from the Vietnam War it was often music from these bands that they enjoyed. Maori showbands were masters of popular music in its truest sense. Each member of a successful showband … Continue reading Showbands! Mahora and the Maori Volcanics (Mahora Peters with James George: Huia Press 2005)

Roger McLachlan in another line-up …

We saw Secondhand Spacesuits in the Embers Lounge on Saturday night (Oct 6, 2018). The four of them were wonderfully content in their skins; alas not spacesuits. They gelled beautifully; played 2 jazzy-funky sets brilliantly in the very new small room at Memo in St Kilda. The band included Roger (b,v); Michael Oliphant (v, kbds); … Continue reading Roger McLachlan in another line-up …

Who remembers the crayfish … the 1965 Pretty Things tour of New Zealand? Part 1

Of all the UK groups to tour New Zealand in the mid-sixties, it was the Pretty Things who made the greatest impact. Since then Ugly Thing Magazine has published an issue devoted solely to that tour, describing the Pretties as "art student malcontents brought together in one unholy collision of no holes barred 60s R&B … Continue reading Who remembers the crayfish … the 1965 Pretty Things tour of New Zealand? Part 1

Double Shot of Blues as feature act at the MBAS jam night Sept 18, 2018

What a treat we got! John William's band Double Shot of Blues are always great but on Tuesday night they had special guest Sean Johnson on keyboards. At those moments when the focus went to Sean's playing, he had the crowd's full attention. All applauded as the focus returned to the 4-piece band as they … Continue reading Double Shot of Blues as feature act at the MBAS jam night Sept 18, 2018