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The Nineteen Nineties Front Man Face Off

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:00pm

As part of ‘Blue smokes’ series of fundraising shows under the ‘How Can I Keep From Singing?’ banner the venue is proud to announce a special one off performance this May.

The return and reunion of three of the mid 90’s Christchurch music scene’s most familiar faces.

From CINEMATIC, Jeremy Taylor, from THE PUFFINS Lindon Puffin, and from THE HOLY TOLEDOS Brendan Gregg.

Frontmen from three of the well known and cherished bands of the time, the boys remember fondly long nights at the Dux De Lux and other iconic local venues.

Cinematic were the loved face of the thinking person’s indie, The Puffins became an art pop riot of glam and hooks and The Holy Toledos were one of Christchurch’s most celebrated and popular bands, signed to Sony, touring with Crowded House and a huge video hit with the song ‘Loves Not Fair’.

The three will alternate sets and then join each other in an 90’s indie pop masterclass of melody and rickenbacker influenced indie pop.

This will be a night to commune with the selves you thought had been lost to time and the music that soundtracked the city over those years, way back when, all for a good strong cause.

Graeme James ‘The Long Way Home’ Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

After a breakthrough year of international shows, one of New Zealand’s most streamed indie artists Graeme James returns to NZ to tour his Nettwerk label debut album The Long Way Home.

The Long Way Home is an album that explores time and space through the motif of the journey. In keeping with the album title 2018 was a year of intense international travel for Graeme, relocating to Europe and racking up over 25,000kms on a highly successful 3 month North American tour. With over 20 million total streams on Spotify, his songs have travelled around the world before him helping sell out concerts around the globe.

His captivating live show features Graeme playing electric violin, guitar, bass, baritone ukulele, mandolin, harmonica and percussion as he recreates his foot stomping tunes in real time with his famous loop pedal.

He’s finally home- but not for long! With his last NZ tour completely selling out you won’t want to miss the chance to see this award-winning artist live in Aotearoa.

“one of the most interesting songwriters on the current scene.” -Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy)

“a positively masterful array of instrumental expertise coupled with knee-weakening velveteen vocals…” – Indie Shuffle (USA)

“Graeme James is a name that should be remembered”

– Bleistiftrocker (Germany)

Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders – Album Release Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Two of New Zealand’s most distinguished songwriters, Lyttelton musical troubadour Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders of The Warratahs have teamed up for a special collaborative record named Word Gets Around, releasing in conjunction with a record release tour happening across the nation in this May.

The offbeat new project was sparked when the pair were simultaneously sound-checking in a church for an event with Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson, and quickly gathered steam as both artists recognised the creative synergy of their intergenerational collaboration. The fruits of their recorded labour can be enjoyed with the album’s title track, a foot-stomping, tumbling tumbleweed of raw-edged rock’n’roll guitars and smokey vocals you can listen to below.

Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders met in a church. They were soundchecking for the Churches Tour with Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson. Barry playing old gospel songs and Delaney chugging out his signature blues trance thump.

The connection was immediate.

Barry joked about being fused together by lightning in a deal made in blood forever. Davidsons ears pricked up.

Since then they have toured NZ a few times together and produced an album of songs.

“It felt like something that just needed to happen. It felt right.” Says Saunders about the songwriting push these two have wrought into being. “I was just throwing these words and ideas at Delaney and watching them bounce off his head.”

Davidson agrees, “Yes it was all pretty quick, these songs just started appearing out of the kitchen air and we were grabbing them as fast as we could. It has a realness and truth to it. An immediacy that is hard to find in music. Real songs about real things.”

Saunders is a master of localizing the subject, and you can relate to the songs. Guitars in hallways, people on the street, dark smoky parties. These aren’t about some lofty ideal or rooted in glossy production. It’s blood on the floor. Davidsons production brings his trademark immediacy to the game, and gives these songs a sparkle and grain.

The result? “ It’s a manic and barnstorming balance , at times when we were singing we couldn’t tell whose voice was whose, it all just melded together, I’d be singing in Barry’s voice and he in mine..” Says Delaney. “it must be that deal in blood we made.. “

This balance is a constant on the album both artists strongly represented by their work and values. It has the rocking strength and dark power of Davidson previous work naturally paired with the heartfelt, straight dealing and traditionalism of Barry’s past. The fact that we are both heavily into songwriting provides a classic feel and a thread throughout these 9 songs.

Word Gets Around is out on April 26th.

Clap Clap Riot – 10 Year Anniversary Show

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Blue Smoke Open: 8:00pm – Show Time: 9:00pm

CLAP CLAP RIOT TO RETURN TO CHRISTCHURCH FOR ONE-OFF SHOW

April 18, 2019: Auckland-by-way-of-Christchurch band Clap Clap Riot celebrated the tenth anniversary of their first physical release, TV Knows Better in March with a number of shows around Aotearoa.

In response to the horrific terror attack on March 15, the band made the decision to cancel their scheduled Christchurch performance. On Friday 10 May, Clap Clap Riot will return to Blue Smoke for a special one-off show.

A percentage of the profits from the event will go to an approved charity supporting the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

Started in Canterbury by a group of high school friends, the dynamic five-piece solidified their place as a kiwi staple over a last decade with one EP, three full-length albums, a string of NZ music award nominations, and countless live shows with the who’s who of local and international acts.

Fans will be taken on a journey through all the hits and lesser known delights, plus hear new material from a forthcoming release which is currently being recorded with Tom Healy at Auckland’s The Lab studio.

Dolph, Corduroy, And The Kennel

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Blue Smoke Open: 8:00pm – Show Time: 9:00pm

Dolphin Friendly, now commonly known as “Dolph” are built on the mutual motivation to promote movements centralised around environmentalism, and anti-conventionalism. The four-piece group have found themselves creating a mixture of sounds, platformed on a no-bullshit, anti-pop, hard-pysch, and rock etiquette. One would describe Dolph to be influenced from the likes of rock gods Nirvana and The Doors from their rock n’ roll stage performance and comparable ability to engage a crowd with often debaucherous mannerisms and “loose” behaviour.

Corduroy.

The Wellington based band Corduroy are renowned for their vibrant electrifying live show, composed of melodic guitar licks, atmospheric synths, intricate percussion and powerful, passionate vocals. The 5-piece neo-soul, indie-rock group is excited to be traveling to CHCH for their debut performance as part of their first NZ tour. With a rich and unique sound, Corduroy. will be sure to get you to your feet and greet you with an experience you don’t want to miss.

Support – The Kennel

Three-piece Surf Rock band ‘The Kennel’ are locals to the Christchurch area and back again to infuse you with a blend of smooth, melodic ambient tunes.

Built on the foundations of Punk, Psych, Rock and Reggae, these lads are ready to provide some beautiful beats to your

Hattaway & The Haunters plus Friends

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:00pm

Boy wonder Adam Hattaway; Songwriter and frontman of ‘The Haunters’ and player of guitar in Wurld Series, The Eastern and 1001 other bands too numerous to mention, has united some of Christchurch’s finest independent artists for another show in our ‘How Can I Keep From Singing’ fundraising and solidarity growing concert series.

FIVE BANDS, ONE NIGHT!

Featuring: Adam Hattaway and the Haunters, Ryan Fisherman and The Settlers of Catan, Wurld Series, PGX and pickle darling.

Joining their show with artists such as Marlon Williams, Dark Tower, Holly Arrowsmith, Lindon Puffin and The Eastern, who amongst others performed at the very first of the ‘How Can I keep From Singing’ series on the 30th of March and raised over $10,000 in funds for victims and families affected by the events on March 15th 2019.

This show will be an exchange of music for funds but also an almighty throwdown of bedroom downer fuzz pop, alt country, noisenik indie shambles.

Please note we have three ticket prices on offer, please pay what you can afford and make sure get yourself along to Blue Smoke on Friday 3rd May.

Larkin Poe – SOLD OUT –

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Blue Smoke is proud to present Larkin Poe, the American Blues-Rock band who will be performing their gritty, soulful, southern heritage in Woolston, Christchurch this April.

“These women are seriously badass. Don’t mess with them.”

– Paste Magazine

Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the multi-instrumentalist sister duo are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Alan Poe and ‘Larkin Poe’ was the name of the sisters’ great-great-great grandfather.

The Lovell sisters are known for blending Haim-esque vocals with guitar riffs and their viral videos, now over 500k views, of their skilled covers of Robert Johnson, The Allman Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson and Chuck Berry amongst many others have added to their notoriety. As a result they have played backing musician slots for artists such as Elvis Costello, Don Henley, Jackson Browne and Conor Oberst. As Larkin Poe they have performed at the 2014 and 2016 Glastonbury Festival, Bonaroo, and Lollapalooza.

Originally from Atlanta, the now Nashville based sister duo are poised to make a mark all their own with the release of their fourth album Venom & Faith’ was released on Friday November 9, 2018. According to Rebecca Lovell “It’s a celebration of American roots music as translated by two sisters who are playing the blues in a modern age”. Rebecca, whose powerhouse vocals pair perfectly with sister Megan’s slinky lap steel to create an outlaw sound entirely unique to the two.

The new album Venom & Faith only includes two covers— “Sometimes” by Bessie Jones and “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” by Skip James. Otherwise it is all original material from the Lovell sisters. Two singles, the no-nonsense “Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues” and the hip-hop-influenced “Ain’t Gonna Cry” are below for you to check out!

Creating their own brand of Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavoured by their southern heritage, Larkin Poe are on the rise and rise

HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:00pm

The Iconic Paul Ubana Jones, Auckland’s Brendan and Alison Turner and The Eastern’s own Jess Shanks, unite under the ‘How Can I Keep From Singing’ banner to perform a fundraising and solidarity growing concert at Woolston’s Blue Smoke this April.

Joining their show with artists such as Marlon Williams, Dark Tower, Holly Arrowsmith, Lindon Puffin and The Eastern, who amongst others performed at the very first of the ‘How Can I keep From Singing’ series on the 30th of March and raised over $10,000 in funds for families and victims affected by the events on March 15th 2019.

This show will be an exchange of music for funds but also a continued chance to share company and solidarity with the acts an attendees alike, this will be an intimate and powerful evening of song.

Winner of three New Zealand Music awards Paul Ubana Jones, born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul was playing guitar by the age of 11. Three decades and nine albums later, he continues to perform throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the USA.

¨Trying to describe just how good Paul Ubana Jones is, is like trying to define why the Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world – words pale in comparison.¨ – Evening Post

With rich harmonies reminiscent of misted Appalachian mountains, outstanding finger-style / bottle neck guitar, songs of down-trodden cowboys, dusty hearts and heartbreak – Brendan & Alison Turner’s blues-driven country folk will appeal to fans of Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine.

Having traversed the countryside for the last ten years in New Zealand’s hardest working band The Eastern, Jess Shanks is a renown guitar picking, banjo frailing, foot stomper with a sweet southern voice and a raft of songs built from years on the road.

Performing haunting contemporary folk tunes steeped in time and place and woven from her countless travels, Jess has cultivated an unique approach to New Zealand roots music, she has created something entirely her own, spellbinding and quintessentially kiwi.

Michael Dunstan ‘New Normal’ NZ Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:00pm

Returning to Christchurch on the back of an extensive sold out ‘Partly Cloudy’ Australian tour and 4 sold out shows in New Zealand, Michael Dunstan has made strong headway into 2019 with the release of the first two intricate pieces of the ‘New Normal’ EP; ‘The Unknown’ and ‘Two Weeks’.

On the back of Michael’s largest Australian tour to date in February 2019, late this March and April 2019 Dunstan returns back to beautiful New Zealand with a powerful third chapter. ‘New Normal’ is a stirring and dynamic journey, tugging at emotion and taking you elsewhere through pensive lyrics and delicate ambience. ‘New Normal’ is out everywhere February 8th 2019.

The last New Zealand shows sold out very quickly; be sure not to miss out this time.

Li’l Chuck ‘The One Man Skiffle Machine’ – MONO album release show.

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine – MONO – album release show

CHRISTCHURCH

“Sublime harp and heartfelt vocals leave the listener wanting more”

Blues matters magazine (UK)

“Li’l Chuck combines almost every element of pure joy”.

4 1/2 stars (out of 5) NZ Listener

“A true multi-instrumentalist & multi-tasker

in addition to a talented artist”. No Depression Magazine USA.

Good time music with old time style.

Li’l Chuck’s 3rd album Release show – MONO was recorded at Sugar Ray’s Vintage Recording Studio in Essex England, This show will feature a live performance of the album, favourites for his successful back catalogue and a healthy dose of Roots, Boogie and Blues one man band style.

When music is pared back to its very bones, there’s nowhere to hide, yet it’s exactly when multi-instrumentalist Li’l Chuck, The One Man Skiffle Machine performs at his very best.

For his third studio album, MONO, Li’l Chuck was determined to go back to basics to record all 14 tracks in a one-day session, capturing single takes with no overdubs, and using entirely 1950’s mono recording equipment, direct to tape.

MONO’s dynamic, lively, foot-stomping vibe that may have its origins in New Zealand’s South Island, but instantly transports you across the globe, between genres, and throughout decades.

Li’l Chuck’s music is a nostalgic melting pot of influences – driven by his harmonica, resonator guitar and vocals, and underpinned by kick drum, and hi hat – it pays homage to the artists who have graced the stage before him. Yet, the result is a sound that’s entirely his own.

Li’l Chuck recently supported American legend Jimmy Buffett, Bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and, The Topp Twins, and has helped audiences get in the party spirit at events such as, The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, Kaikoura Seafest, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, The New Zealand World Buskers’ Festival, and The Great Kiwi Beer Festival.

His second album, Utility Blues (2017) hit Number 6 on the official New Zealand albums chart, and he appeared as a feature artist on Jesse Mulligan’s Radio New Zealand show.

plus support from Lee Martin

Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club Album Release Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:00pm

New Zealand’s “foremost chronicler of 21st Century bourgeois dilemmas,” Lawrence Arabia, is back with a tour to celebrate the soon to be released album version of his audacious twelve month long project, “Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club.”

The album is released on March 29th and includes offerings from The Ruby Suns’ Ryan McPhun, Hollie Fullbrook of Tiny Ruins, Heather Mansfield from The Brunettes (singing alongside Liam Finn’s drums on ‘A Little Hate’) and a dream collaboration with psychedelic hero, Van Dyke Parks.

How Can I keep From Singing

Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

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A tribute, a fundraiser, a solidarity grower, a hope builder.

ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO VICTIM SUPPORT & THE MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF CHCH

Featuring: Marlon Williams, Dark Tower, The Eastern, Holly Arrowsmith, Adam Hattaway, Adam McGrath, Alice Andersen, Al Park, Ben Brown, Caleb Issacs, Isla Martin, Jess Shanks, Lindon Puffin, Matt Smith, Tom Maxwell, & more

.. Singing the songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

This show sees local and upcoming singers and songwriters shoulder to shoulder with nationally and internationally known performers as well as a reunion of local legends.

This Show will be the first in a series under the banner ‘How Can I keep From Singing?’.

These shows will take place over the next few months in chch and will feature local and national acts. All shows will have a fundraising component.

The best tool is the one you already know how to use. Pete Seeger said How can I keep from singing?.

Woody Guthrie said This machine kills fascists.

Joe Strummer sang Yalla Yalla

Joe Hill asked us to organise in his memory

Mother Jones said Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living

Chuck D Said If you ain’t in the battle, don’t comment on the war.

These people ask us to action, they are heroes to many, you probably have your own, you have your own powers, your own tools, your own calls to action…in fact not probably we know you do…

Builders build, singers sing, translators translate, bakers bake, sewers sew, writers write…you get it…and you’ve got it, right now whatever it is you’ve got it, whatever it is its necessary and important. You can’t do anything? not true, your built with love, go get loving. It’s degrees upon degrees and shoulders upon shoulders.

We’re singers, that means we have to sing. We join in solidarity to offer an excuse for anyone to join us in song and story but most importantly togetherness. A push against despair, we want you to push with us and hopefully in the process we can raise a little money.

This spirit is tempered by the times and the events of the 15th, thus we choose to offer the songs of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, rather than our own, because those songs speak to our highest ideals, our deepest truths and the idea that from the smallest to the biggest we are all important, equal and bound together.

The Paper Kites – Where You Live Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

The Paper Kites last toured New Zealand in 2015 and are looking forward to crossing the Tasman once again, capping off a phenomenal 12 months in which they released two critically acclaimed albums – ON THE TRAIN RIDE HOME and ON THE CORNER WHERE YOU LIVE.

“After spending so much time touring and recording overseas over the past few years we are so happy to finally bring these new songs to New Zealand. We can’t wait to head back to some of our favourite cities around the country and share this new album with our home crowd!”

The Paper Kites have earned a loyal, organic fan base all across the world. With monumental streaming numbers, 200 shows across the world in just under three years and recent Gold accreditation in the US with nearly 700,000 copies of their track ‘Bloom’ being sold in the country, The Paper Kites are Australia’s quiet achievers. And their world class songwriting prowess shines on their most recent album ON THE CORNER WHERE YOU LIVE.

ON THE CORNER WHERE YOU LIVE was co-produced with Grammy-winner Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) at his studio in Connecticut – a 120-year old Victorian era home that the band lived and recorded in for 5 weeks.

“It’s a collection of stories about these characters all living in an apartment building; I wanted to capture moments, feelings, it’s about people and their stories,” says lead vocalist, Sam.

Best listened to from start to finish, as each story seeps into the next; meditative yet complex, ON THE CORNER WHERE YOU LIVE is an album for loyal fans of The Paper Kites but also one that’s guaranteed to draw new audiences too.

Don’t miss The Paper Kites live in concert this March.

Wallis Bird ‘Australia & NZ Tour’

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Blue Smoke Open: 7pm – Showtime: 8pm

Irish dynamite Wallis Bird announces her debut New Zealand tour in March 2019!

Wallis Bird’s expressive vocals and driving guitar rhythms have been taking audiences by storm in the UK, Australia, Japan and Europe. For the first time in March 2019 she will be bringing her thrilling stage show to New Zealand – performing in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch.

Every performance is characterised by a startling passion and commitment that frequently leaves Bird breathless. Simultaneously honest and raw, powerful and gracious, humble and hilarious, her concerts are like no other. After seeing her performance at Woodford Folk Festival, Amanda Palmer cited Bird as her “discovery of the year …. Wallis Bird at Woodford folk festival f*&$ing destroying it”.

Wallis Bird burst onto the trans-Tasman scene with her first ever appearance in Australia in the summer of 2017, which included a standout performance at the iconic Woodford Folk Festival. She returned in November 2017 for a national tour, which was praised by audiences and critics alike. Bird will return to our shores in March 2019, stopping off in NZ for three concerts.

The Irish born artist cut her teeth as a teenager playing cover gigs in pubs, dealing with drunken hecklers by way of cheeky comebacks and good-natured banter. Bird moved to Germany in 2005 and self-released the single “Blossoms in the Street”, which spent 20 weeks in the airplay charts. It grabbed the attention of Island Records who signed her almost on the spot.

Her debut album hit the Top 5 UK digital album charts. Over her next three records she continued to chart in various European countries and toured constantly, headlining over 700 shows in the past 8 years, with over 30,000 people attending her last album release tour.

Bird prides herself on an energetic, dynamic and always-musical live performance. Her startling passion and energy levels are unmatched by any other artist. Moving from delicate whispers to explosive cries in a heartbeat, Bird weaves her magic around audiences of every kind. Whether she’s dancing, laughing, screaming or crying, anyone who has experienced one of Bird’s live concerts knows that music is her lifeblood.

When she hit a roadblock during the writing of her fifth studio album Home, she decided to do something that would be precisely un-thinkable to most artists. “I figured a twelve hour free concert would fix all the issues I had,” she chuckles breezily. Bird stepped onto the stage of Berlin’s Auster Club at 1:30pm one cold January afternoon and stayed there until the early hours. During her performance she also raised money for refugee charities. Afterwards she even found the energy to play two encores; “It was terrifying, demanding, but ultimately beautiful… I was okay after that, I learned a lot!”

Born left handed, Bird lost all the fingers on her left hand in a bizarre lawnmower accident as a baby. Though most of her fingers were saved through surgery, one was lost for good. Luckily it didn’t stop her picking up a guitar, flipping it upside down to strum with her damaged hand, and carrying on as if nothing had ever happened. Today she’s a veritable virtuoso on the instrument, and she credits that fateful lawnmower incident with having given her “her mojo”.

That mojo carried her to record deals with Island Records and Columbia Records, several high profile awards and nominations, and tours across the world with the likes of Gossip, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Billy Bragg and Emiliana Torrini.

Now based in Berlin, Bird’s 2014 album Architect celebrated her relocation to the creative capital and laid a foundation for her most recent album Home. As Bird describes, “Architect was the blueprint to this great life and musical plan I was hatching: girl meets girl, girl falls in love, and happy ending ensues. Home is the happy ending!” In fact, Home is such a celebration of the love Bird now enjoys with her partner that she not only refers to it as a ‘thank you letter’, but its cover also features the two of them locked in an affectionate embrace.

Daniel Champagne

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Showtime: 8:00pm

CHRISTCHURCH – the young virtuoso recently described as ‘the finest guitar player of this generation’ brings his world tour to Blue Smoke for one intimate concert on March 21! Tix just $20 but very limited, don’t miss this – these shows have been selling out around the world!

WHAT THE PRESS SAY..

“The word Prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.” – The Calgary Herald, CANADA

“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to witness a young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper.” – The Firefly Column, USA

“Daniel Champagne is a crossroads. Fusing the strong traditions of Blues, Folk and other roots art with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability. I firmly believe that he will become an ambassador for roots music in a time where it desperately needs representation.” – The Indie Blender, CANADA

“reinventing roots guitar” – Rhythms Magazine, AUSTRALIA

“Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art.” – BW Review, NEW ZEALAND

‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ – Themusic.com.au, AUSTRALIA

Alejandro Escovedo w/ Adam McGrath

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Blue Smoke Open: 6:00pm – Show Time: 7:30pm

Recipient of the AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARD’S TOWNES VAN ZANDT SONGWRITER AWARD, and NO DEPRESSION magazine’s ARTIST OF THE DECADE, the legendary Mexican-American singer-songwriter will tour on the back of his acclaimed new immigration-themed album The Crossing.

DRW Entertainment is proud to present, for the first time in New Zealand, much loved Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro (pronounced Al-e-han-dro) Escovedo.

Beloved Christchurch singer-songwriter Adam McGrath, of The Eastern, as been announced as opener for his March shows in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Adam has this to say about opening for Alejandro:

“Songwriters will try and fool you that it’s all kumbaya around the campfire, but at heart we’re competitive beasts, not maliciously so thankfully, but we wanna anti-up and get the songs heard and stand up for the ideas inside ’em. However, it is with great pleasure that I am indeed looking forward to getting my songwriting ass handed to me sharing a stage with Alejandro. He’s a songwriting boss (Just ask ‘Boss’ Springsteen who covers his songs), but more than that he’s a voice and a heart that the world needs, especially right now. His songs speak to the big stuff, the big skys, the big land, the big hearts but most importantly the big picture. I’ll be lucky to be standing with the audience after I walk off the stage to take his songs all in. If you’re around I’d compel you to join us!”

Alejandro Escovedo is a seminal figure in Texan music and one of the most acclaimed American songwriters of his generation. He’s a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and, as has been recently announced, he will be honored with the Townes Van Zandt Songwriter Award at next year’s Austin Music Awards. He’ll be only the third recipient of that honor in the Awards’ 37-year history, in a town that he helped put on the musical map.

Alejandro has released 11 solo albums and contributed to numerous others, as both band member and guest. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, Cowboy Junkies, and Calexico, and he’s shared stages with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to John Prine to Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter. REM’s Peter Buck and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale have both served as Alejandro’s sidemen in addition to being his producers, a role also filled by legendary Bowie and T.Rex producer Tony Visconti, who produced a run of three albums for Alejandro spanning 2008-2012.

A troubadour-like figure with an ever-expanding clutch of classic and evocative songs, Alejandro Escovedo’s past is nothing if not chequered. His trailblazing career began with The Nuns, San Francisco’s famed punk innovators who opened the Sex Pistols’ final show in 1978, and continued into Austin-based-based alt-country rock pioneers, Rank & File, whose Slash Records debut Sundown found a home in many Australian record collections in the early ’80s cowpunk days. Austin’s blazing ’80s guitar army True Believers set Alejandro up as a true local hero, and by the time he released his first solo album in 1992, he was a key player on the national scene.

Alejandro’s rise as a solo artist was adjacent to that of the alt-country-slash-Americana movement, and as the scene’s pioneer he was named “Artist of the Decade” in 1998 (they named him early because he was the only front-runner) by the movement’s influential journal No Depression. His annual performances at Austin’s SXSWfestival, the patronage of key international media including Rolling Stone and Uncut, and the support of influential Chicago label Bloodshot Records all conspired to push Alejandro to the forefront of the Americana scene by the turn of the century.

Alejandro’s latest album, The Crossing, released in September 2018 on Yep Roc and one of the most acclaimed of his career, looks at matters of immigration and the broken Promised Land that is America through the focused and unflinching poetry Alejandro is known for. Recorded with Italian musician Antonio Gramentieri, the album tells a story of a pair of young Mexican and Italian musicians trying to find a home in today’s America. It includes cameos from underground rock royalty in the personages of MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Stooges guitarist James Williamson and Peter Perrett and John Perry of The Only Ones (recording together for the first time in over 40 years), as well as Texan country great Joe Ely and acclaimed novelist and Richmond Fontaine/Delines songwriter Willy Vlautin.

American Songwriter has called the album “one of the most passionate, relevant, politically charged and personal projects he has released in a career pushing 40 years.”

The subject of a strong demand to tour Australia for decades now, the now-Dallas based Alejandro will finally head down under in March. He’ll be performing completely solo – just one of the many configurations in which he works – enabling fans down here to hear something akin to what early fans heard in the small clubs and holes in the wall in Austin and elsewhere when he was starting his solo career.

The first visit by such a long established and indeed truly iconic artist is a rare thing these days, and these landmark shows by Alejandro Escovedo – are not to be missed by any fans of great songwriting and passionate performance.

Clap Clap Riot 10 Year Anniversary Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 8:00pm – Showtime:9:00pm

Indie rock darlings Clap Clap Riot are pumped to announce their ​10 Year Anniversary Tour​, which will cover top to tail of New Zealand this March.

Started in Canterbury by a group of high school friends, the dynamic five-piece solidified their place as a kiwi staple over a last decade with one EP, three full-length albums, a string of NZ music award nominations, and countless live shows with the who’s who of local and international acts.

To mark their decade’s long existence, Clap Clap Riot will play four dates, taking their energetic live show to Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

As part of the tour, fans will be taken on a journey through all the hits and lesser known delights, plus hear new material from a forthcoming release which is currently being recorded with Tom Healy at Auckland’s The Lab studio.

Pussy Riot – Riot Days

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7:30pm – Show Time: 9:00pm

Pussy Riot have one of the most important voices of the last 10 years.

Gaining worldwide notoriety in 2012 after being imprisoned for ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ for their performance inside a Moscow church. They are the epitome of modern protest music, brash, unrelenting and challenging.

Featuring three key members, the iconic feminist punk rock performance band play Christchurch for one night only.

Riot Days is their story, presented in a truly iconic and inimitable way. Riot Days is a gig, Riot Days is a show, Riot Days is an experience.

“New revolutionary electronic punk opera”
– SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“powerful and exhilarating…
Alyokhina’s collaboration with music producer Alexander Cheparukhin and director Yury Muravitsky was
full of fierce, rousing joy, free of scripted cues…
…poetic, razor-sharp and disarmingly witty…
Riot Days was a generous document to defiance, a kinetic invitation to dissent. I left blazing with hope…
Riot Days convinced me that gigs still have the power to move the masses”
– THE GUARDIAN (London show – Islington Assembly Hall)

“…it’s anger that powers this
swaggering, throbbing gig by Pussy Riot Theatre. A ragged mix of performance art, poetry and bone-crunching trash-can tunes, it’s based on Riot Days, the memoir by Maria Alyokhina, the leading member of the Russian post-punk, feminist political-protest collective. It’s cartoonish, poundingly emphatic, blackly funny and furious…
…hectic, brutal force.”- THE TIMES (London show – Islington Assembly Hall)

…stunning audio-visual experience
…dark droning electronica that perfectly matches the mood and power of the story
…this unique event is more than just a gig but a theatrical experience
… It’s like watching
the best punk rock show of 2017
– if punk rock was actually in tune to modern sounds
…powerful direct messages, dashes of humour, moments of seething emotional honesty and a simple plea for freedom in a one hour show that is one of the best live experiences out there.
Inventive, passionate, darkly funny in parts, twitching with energy and intelligent defiance and anger and yet full of compassion this is a moral tale for our times delivered with an intense brilliance
– LOUDER THAN WAR – a blog review of John Robb, and English punk legend, writer and TV host (Manchester show – Gorilla)

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Hey Jess,

This looks perfect, but you mentioned wrong sources.
Oh, I probably understand why – since in my collection of press quotes I started with mix of the most impessive sentences – from DIFFERENT reviews, without mention of exact media.

Ok, I think the good collection of quotes might be the following:

“New revolutionary electronic punk opera”
– SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“powerful and exhilarating…
Alyokhina’s collaboration with music producer Alexander Cheparukhin and director Yury Muravitsky was full of fierce, rousing joy, free of scripted cues…
…poetic, razor-sharp and disarmingly witty…
Riot Days was a generous document to defiance, a kinetic invitation to dissent. I left blazing with hope…
Riot Days convinced me that gigs still have the power to move the masses”
– THE GUARDIAN (London show – Islington Assembly Hall)

“…it’s anger that powers this swaggering, throbbing gig by Pussy Riot Theatre. A ragged mix of performance art, poetry and bone-crunching trash-can tunes, it’s based on Riot Days, the memoir by Maria Alyokhina, the leading member of the Russian post-punk, feminist political-protest collective. It’s cartoonish, poundingly emphatic, blackly funny and furious…
…hectic, brutal force.”
– THE TIMES (London show – Islington Assembly Hall)

…stunning audio-visual experience

…dark droning electronica that perfectly matches the mood and power of the story

…this unique event is more than just a gig but a theatrical experience

… It’s like watching the best punk rock show of 2017 – if punk rock was actually in tune to modern sounds

…powerful direct messages, dashes of humour, moments of seething emotional honesty and a simple plea for freedom in a one hour show that is one of the best live experiences out there.

Inventive, passionate, darkly funny in parts, twitching with energy and intelligent defiance and anger and yet full of compassion this is a moral tale for our times delivered with an intense brilliance

– LOUDER THAN WAR – a blog review of John Robb, and English punk legend, writer and TV host (Manchester show – Gorilla)

Avalanche City – My Babylon Tour

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7:00pm – Showtime: 7:30pm

Eccles Entertainment & Chugg Music Present: Avalanche City – My Babylon Album Release Tour

New Zealand singer and songwriter, Avalanche City, will release his highly-anticipated third album, MY BABYLON on February 22.

To mark the milestone, Avalanche City (AKA Dave Baxter) is taking to the road on a four-date New Zealand tour, playing in small and intimate venues.

Avalanche City emerged in 2011 with his breakout hit song ‘Love, Love, Love’. It established Baxter as one of the country’s most talented songwriters – winning the prestigious Silver Scroll in 2011 – and preceded the release of his debut full-length album OUR NEW LIFE ABOVE THE GROUND.

Avalanche City returned in 2015 with WE ARE FOR THE WILD PLACES – another critically acclaimed album, which peaked at #3 on the NZ album charts and #1 on iTunes. The record’s lead single ‘Inside Out’ was certified Platinum in New Zealand achieving #1 spot on the NZ single charts, and #1 position at radio in NZ for five consecutive weeks. The single also won Best Music Video at the 2016 NZ Music Awards.

The success of the first two records saw Avalanche City tour the world. Now he’s taking his new album MY BABYLON back to where it all began – the towns and cities of New Zealand.

Due to the intimate nature of the venue, tickets are extremely limited and fans are urged to purchase early to avoid missing out.

Dana Sipos (Canada) – NZ Tour

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Blue Smoke open: 7:00pm – SHow Time: 8:00pm

Dana Sipos is a songwriter’s songwriter and her hypnotic, nuanced songs are filled with a wild wind. She tours extensively, occasionally by bicycle, tall ship, canoe and train. Her last album garnered her a Canadian Folk Music Award Nod in the Pushing the Boundaries category. A stunning follow-up, Trick of the Light, featuring a stellar cast of Canadian musicians including Mary Margaret O’Hara, released on Toronto’s Roaring Girl Records in spring 2018 to critical acclaim.

Support from: Jess Shanks (The Eastern)

Often drawing comparisons to Natalie Merchant, Gillian Welch and Nick Drake, Sipos’ rhythmic fingerstyle guitar playing is textured and immersive, and her true strength lies as a songwriter. She shines a tenderly skewed light into the darkness and draws the listener in to the strange and mystical space occupied by the shadows..

Originally hailing from the industrial landscape of Hamilton, Ontario, Dana Sipos inhabited the far Canadian north – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – for many years before going nomad. Her captivatingly nuanced songs continue to be infused with a wild wind and a haunting, slightly hypnotic surrealism, akin to the mysteries of the north.

The ten songs that make up her new album, Trick of the Light, travel extensively as well; to the Blue Ridge mountains of Appalachia, the Kentucky foothills, the wilds of Tennessee, the rolling hills of Virginia. It is partly by chance and partly by choice that rural, mountainous regions of the U.S.A inform so much of of the music, along with the pull of the tides, amateur palm readers, guiding lighthouses and hurricane season. These are tenuous times and there are gentle, tenuous threads that tie this evocative collection of sonic stories together. In making Trick of the Light, Sipos employed the help of experimental Toronto producer Sandro Perri and features Mary Margaret O’Hara, Jesse Zubot and Doug Tielli.

The Return of Beat Rhythm Fashion

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Legendary Wellington Proto Shoegazer/Dreampop/postpunk pioneers Beat Rhythm Fashion return from a 35 year hiatus to pick up exactly where they left off with their groundbreaking atmospheric alternative rock pieces like ‘Turn of the Century’ & ‘Beings Rest Finally’ with a new album of material. Nino Birch(guitar & vocals) & Caroline Easther (ex Chills drums & vocals) team up with Rob Mayes (ex Throw, dolphin, Kimo – bass) to deliver a new album Tenterhook, and back it up with a nationwide tour.

Support from: No Broadcast & This Sporting Life

There are a lot of things you’d be reasonably expected not to hold your breath for in 2019, but you can cross a BRF tour and album off that list and catch them live & on record. The Band play 4 concerts in the 4 main centers in mid March.

The band released the first single from the album Hard as Hell on 21st January accompanied by a Video Shot in Tokyo where the band played two warm up shows recently. The video was filmed by cinematographer Ivan Kovak on Cinema Red Helium cameras. The single entered the student radio charts at number 3 first week in.

Milk & Honey Festival – Bic Runga & French Concession

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7pm – Show Time: 8pm

One night, Three cities, Four venues, Over twenty artists, in celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th 2019.

To celebrate International Women’s Day in 2019, over twenty of Aotearoa’s finest female artists are gathering across three cities to perform a series of shows on Friday March 8th.

MILK & HONEY CHRISTCHURCH – BLUE SMOKE – BIC RUNGA & FRENCH CONCESSION

Tickets and information available here: www.milkandhoneyfestival.co.nz

Note that each gig is stand-alone and are individually ticketed

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Bic Runga perform a rare hometown concert on the Blue Smoke stage.

Support from French Concession.

Since the release of her first single Drive in 1996 – a top ten hit when she was just twenty – Bic has been awarded almost every musical honour in New Zealand, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award. Bic has won the most Tuis (New Zealand Music Awards) by any individual, ever (twenty). She has won Best Female Vocalist four times and Best Producer three times. Bic’s debut album Drive was certified seven times platinum and featured the enormous hit Sway. The follow up in Beautiful Collision in 2002 was certified an incredible eleven times platinum and featured the hits Get Some Sleep, Something Good and Listening For The Weather.

Beautiful Collision was followed by an album recorded live with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This album included beautiful orchestral versions of all her hits and a recording of the classic Jacque Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas, which was an early indicator of Bic’s next move to relocate to Paris. Paris life resulted in the more cinematic Birds album in 2005 which also won Album Of The Year and featured the hit Winning Arrow.

Her songs have featured in film soundtracks (American Pie), her records have been released around the world, and she has won loyal followings in Europe, Asia and North America.

In January 2006, The Queen made Runga a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Year’s Honours List.

In 2016 she was the recipient of the Legacy award at the New Zealand music awards and inducted in to New Zealand Music hall of fame.

Julia Jacklin

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

The second full-length album from Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin, Crushing embodies every possible meaning of its title word. It’s an album formed from sheer intensity of feeling, an in-the-moment narrative of heartbreak and infatuation. And with her storytelling centered on bodies and crossed boundaries and smothering closeness, Crushing reveals how our physical experience of the world shapes and sometimes distorts our inner lives.

“This album came from spending two years touring and being in a relationship, and feeling like I never had any space of my own,” says the Melbourne-based artist. “For a long time I felt like my head was full of fear and my body was just this functional thing that carried me from point A to B, and writing these songs was like rejoining the two.”

The follow-up to her 2016 debut Don’t Let the Kids Win, Crushing finds Jacklin continually acknowledging what’s expected of her, then gracefully rejecting those expectations. As a result, the album invites self-examination and a possible shift in the listener’s way of getting around the world—an effect that has everything to do with Jacklin’s openness about her own experience.

“I used to be so worried about seeming demanding that I’d put up with anything, which I think is common—you want to be chill and cool, but it ends up taking so much of your emotional energy,” says Jacklin. “Now I’ve gotten used to calling out things I’m not okay with, instead of just burying my feelings to make it easier on everyone. I’ve realized that in order to keep the peace, you have to speak up for yourself and say what you really want.”

Produced by Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, The Drones) and recorded at The Grove Studios (a bushland hideaway built by INXS’ Garry Gary Beers), Crushing sets Jacklin’s understated defiance against a raw yet luminous sonic backdrop. “In all the songs, you can hear every sound from every instrument; you can hear my throat and hear me breathing,” she says. “It was really important to me that you can hear everything for the whole record, without any studio tricks getting in the way.”

Cate Le Bon

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 9:00pm

In a mid-November Pitchfork article, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy singled out Cate Le Bon as one of the ten artists that have meant the most to him, during his life. Tweedy says that Cate is “one of the best out there making music now. It’s really rare for people to have a specific sound anymore, but I can always tell when it’s her playing guitar.”

In mid-February, Cate Le Bon will tour New Zealand for a special pre-album release celebration – her fifth studio album, due out on Mexican Summer (Conan Moccasin, Ariel Pink) in April, 2019. These performances will feature Cate on piano, accompanied by John Thomas (Cate Le Bon/Islet) on synth and sampler, for a captivating and intimate rework of Cate’s diverse musical catalogue.

They will be joined at Blue Smoke by by everybody’s favorite bedroom pop artist, Pickle Darling.

Cate will arrive in New Zealand following a sold-out piano tour of the UK, in gorgeous, seated, historic surrounds; she is excited to shape that performance for audiences across a wide range of venues for her New Zealand run of shows.

Cate is amazing. Her vocals are rich and warm, a delicious aural treat, enveloping you within a shell of intoxicating melody. Her multi-instrumental mastery simultaneously shreds and quells. The takeaway from Cate Le Bon’s shows? A euphoric sonic experience – psychedelic, entrancing, quirky, poignant, dynamic and moving.

2018 saw the 2nd release of her weirdo-automatic-folk-ballad-krautrock side project, Drinks, with long-time partner in rhyme Tim Presley (White Fence) to much critical acclaim. In April of this year she traveled to Marfa, TX to work on a collaboration with Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox during the prestigious Marfa Myths Festival. This musical kinship and mutual admiration for one another led to Cox to ask her to produce their new album.

In addition to all the above, Cate also undertook furniture-making study in the Lake District, performing at various festivals in the UK, continued with pottery, and many other pursuits. And she said this was her year off!

File under maxi-minimal deconstructionist: for fans of architecture, night flights and the sea.

Soaked Oats at The Cassels & Sons Nostalgia After Party

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Blue Smoke Open: 7pm – Show Time: 8pm

Entry free with an official Nostalgia Festival Wristband OR limited ‘after party only’ tickets available. Bargain student prices and a free bus back to the Uni at the end of the night.

Students: $20 – General Admission: $25

Let the good times roll!

Come along to Blue Smoke for the official Nostalgia Festival After Party and enjoy the sludge-pop melodies of Soaked Oats, once described as “a southern stew of Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco with a good shake of Kevin Morby “.

Soul food, high licks and cool kicks available all night long.

Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand. They write songs with thoughtful lyricism and guitar-driven pop sounds.

The band has been making waves across their homeland. After forming at the beginning of 2017, the band racked up 70 shows culminating in an appearance at Rhythm and Vines. In this time they released their debut EP ‘Stone Fruit Melodies’, followed later in the year by a second EP titled ‘No Slip Ups’.

In January 2018 Soaked Oats have completed a Summer tour (aka Soirée de Sludge) which saw them playing to expanding audiences at sold out venues across New Zealand. Since then the band has begun putting the finishing touches on a third release that they look to put out in the coming months.

“With a name like Soaked Oats, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the audio produced by these boys is real cheery! It’s music to wake up to, music to listen to in the sunshine, music to warm your insides.” – (Pilerats)

“Bold colours and dancing beats cut nicely through the grizzly cold of the NZ winter, warming the bones with relevant words and pop/rock’n’roll rhythms.” – (NZ Musician)

“They have an edge of course but they’re so talented and hard working and approachable that they’re able to make it feel like home, even if they’re playing to an away crowd. Even our security have commented on the lack of trouble at these gigs.” – (The Spinoff)

The Songs Of Al Park ‘Better Already’ Album Release

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

A showcase to celebrate the release of ‘Better Already’ – The songs of Al Park.

Buy a copy of the new album and get free entry to the show.

Featuring guest performances from some of NZ’s finest musicians; who sang, interpreted and recorded Al Parks songs for his album ‘Better Already’

Jordan Luck, Adam McGrath, Barry Saunders, Janice Grey, Adam Hattaway, Anthea Struthers, Helen Mulholland. (Also on the record but not at the show, Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson, Anita Clark).

With the backing of an all star band throughout: Elemore Jones, Ryan Fisherman, Mike Kime and Adam Hattaway.

Support from Katie Thompson.

Who the f**k is Al Park?

Why are all these people on this record singing his songs?

Why do they care?

Because they owe him.

Influence is a funny thing. We get giddy over records, over heroes, over ideas, over history. The problem with that is the distance; the safe, impenetrable distance. Distance keeps the influence vague. We will never have coffee with Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie would never have dropped round to listen to your new songs, Patti Smith won’t help you with the low rent poetry you think might make some lyrics, and Chuck Berry would’ve never kicked your ass for sucking. They don’t or didn’t know you, so you’re safe. Their influence is distant and thus a comfort. What do you do however when the influence is just down the road, at the back of the pub watching the gig, or down at the coffee shop buying you a long black?

You anti up and acknowledge it and appreciate it and honor it. You say thanks.

That’s what ‘Better Already’ is. It’s a thank you, a very loud and appreciative tip o’ the cap to someone who has had a shoulder to many wheels, a hand in many helpings, a voice of wisdom in many thinkings and wonderings.

It’s a record that says,

“Who the f**k is Al Park?

He’s our friend, our brother, our anchor, our father, our loadstone, our voice of reason, our bullshit detector, our what to do and our what not do to, our supporter. He’s a deep real influence and we are grateful and this is our tribute”

In Christchurch, if you’ve been around music, as a fan, as a player, or as a business then you know Al Park. If you spend 10 minutes in public with him, you’ll have ten different hellos coming his way, from head nods to hour long debates everyone knows him to say hi to. Those close to him know his influence as well.

There’s probably (and thankfully) an Al in most towns and cities but for those of us in Christchurch we know him from everywhere:

From his early punk days in Vapour and the Trails and the founder of seminal (first and initially only) Punk venue ‘Mollet St.’,

To playing the pimp in The Exponents video for ‘Victoria’,

To packing every venue in town with the Latino Rock’n’Soul of Louie and the Hotsticks,

Standing behind the counter and dispensing (sometimes unwelcome!) opinions on everyone’s buying habits at Chch’s greatest record store Echo,

To being one of the meanest bar band leaders in The Latter Day Sinners,

To running one of the most popular touring circuit venues in Al’s Bar,

To being a father figure to the disparate friends who made up the ‘Lyttelton Sound’ (Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Delaney Davidson, The Eastern, Lindon Puffin),

And finally but not at all the end of things, as an integral part of the city’s post-quake musical recovery.

Al has simply been there for everything and everyone.

Through it all he’s been on his porch in Lyttelton and corners of bars everywhere around town writing and singing his own songs. Never really looking for the ‘big time’ and calling the idea of such out for the bullshit it so often is. For Al, it really has been to quote Townes all “for the sake of the song”.

That’s why Marlon Williams goes over for a curry and a beer in between conquering the world, that’s why Delaney Davidson and renowned poet Ben Brown want to write with him, that’s why Barry Saunders from The Warratahs will crash at Al’s on the way through to anywhere, why a fatherless Adam McGrath from The Eastern asked Al how to show him how to string his guitar when he was just a kid.

They do this because they know Al is a believer just like them and like Al will say, believers gotta stick together.

Al has influenced them all in many ways, as peer and as friend.

A life in music in a small town with city pretensions could be a tragic ‘could’ve/should’ve been kinda story, but Al has made it look like glorious, fun, adventurous and meaningful.

What a thing to show everyone who’s ever floated into his orbit.

Confused about a show? Need a show? Stuck on a song? Stuck in life? Need to know whether you should buy ‘Exile on Main St’ or ‘Let it Bleed’? Need to borrow money for lunch? Need a bed? A beer? A hopeful word?

You can call Al for all the above and more. That’s why all the people who sung these songs on ‘Better Already’ did it. Because they count on Al and they wanted to show him that he could count on him too.

It wasn’t a thing to do to make Al famous, or sell a million records, or any of that nonsense, it was just a fun idea and it turned out to be more, and to mean more, it was the right thing to do, by people who have always been done right by Al. Because he’s an influencer, not in a weak Instagram way, but in a deep wheel of faith giving kinda way. That’s why he counts and hopefully why this record will also.

Thanks Al!

The Young Folk (Ireland) w/ Your Indigo

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Blue Smoke Open From: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Irish band The Young Folk are returning to New Zealand, in response to the success of their 2018 NZ tour.

Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine)

Support from Your Indigo.

Amiria Grenell, Bryony Matthews and Josh Holmes have created an Alt Folk, Electronic sound with an undeniable hit of pop. Bringing an enchanting collection of sounds together, this band are bringing a beautiful, fresh, new sound to the stages of Aotearoa.

The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar) and Paul Butler (vocals/piano/synth), both songwriters of exceptional talent. The duo are joined by New Zealander Alex Borwick (trombone/synth/percussion/banjo/vocals) and Marc Aubele (bass/mandolin/vocals) for their live shows, enabling The Young Folk to fully flex their musical muscle.

Alex has been based in Dublin for 6 years where he works as a producer/recording engineer at the world renowned Grouse Lodge Recording Studios, as well as playing in a variety of touring bands.

The Young Folk are signed to UK’s Pixie Pace Records, through which they released their debut album, The Little Battle, in 2014, which went straight to #2 in the Dutch charts and Top 10 in the Irish album charts. Their second album, First Sign Of Morning, was released in 2016. They are currently working on their third album, for release in 2019. The band have toured extensively all over the USA, Europe, and Australia, and are continually winning over new audiences.

“Intoxicating voices, punctuating, warm harmonies that illuminate the horizon of a fiery energy, a show not to be missed” – Pause Musicale, France

“This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels.” – The Evening Herald.

“First-rate alternative folk meets indie pop… First Sign of Morning is a rare and beautiful album… There is a bright future for The Young Folk ahead.” – Soundz Magazine

Adam McGrath & Jess Shanks (The Eastern solo)

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time: 8:30pm

Adam McGrath & Jess Shanks sing songs solo, together.

Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed wherever he lands. He travels the state highways and byways of New Zealand, Australia, Europe and parts beyond, slinging songs and offering up low rent barroom philosophy with his band of misfits and chancers, The Eastern.

His songs have gathered a clutch of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he’s been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll), Graham Reid from the NZ herald called him ‘NZ’s toughest minded songwriter’ and Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth”.

Having traversed the countryside for the last ten years in New Zealand’s hardest working band The Eastern, Jess Shanks is a renown guitar picking, banjo frailing, foot stomper with a sweet southern voice and a raft of songs built from years on the road.

Performing haunting contemporary folk tunes steeped in time and place and woven from her countless travels, Jess has cultivated an unique approach to New Zealand roots music, she has created something entirely her own, spellbinding and quintessentially kiwi.

Isaiah B Brunt Trio

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Blue Smoke Open: 6:00pm – Show Time: 7:30pm

“His is an age-old sound reminiscent of the kind of earthy blues, soul and folk that held sway during the mid-1960s. His rampaging slide stings, utilizing tried’n’true blues progressions but adding a modern sheen to the whole shebang…a dynamite new roots-reverent newcomer to the American blues scene.” – Classicalite Music Magazine

Australian based Isaiah B Brunt has always known where his hearts lies since he first heard his father strum the ukulele, blow his harmonica and unleash on the lap steel. Named 2010 Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year, Isaiah went on to perform in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee where he was one of the best dressed cats there and good enough musically to be one of the very few to be reviewed in the Memphis Daily News.

Isaiah’s latest album recorded in New Orleans, Just The Way That It Goes, was released to much acclaim and showcases the electric side of what he does. The album was voted best Australian Blues album for 2015 by the North American Underground Blues Network and mentioned amongst legendary icons Buddy Guy (US), John Mayall (UK) and Blues Hall of Fame Pinetop Perkins.

Isaiah will be accompanied by Bassist Mark Hornibrook, a seasoned performer who has worked with Blues Diva Sally King, Queen of Country music Anne Kirkpatrick and the infallible Jazz Icon Billy Field. And also by Drummer & Percussionist D Bruce Aitken, who has spent some time in Canada performing with award winning and Internationally Renowned Canadian Blues artists such as John Campbelljohn, Fred Eaglesmith and Matt MInglewood

Isaiah has been a production guy and former studio owner of Darling Harbour studios who has worked alongside some of Australia’s top groups including projects by Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil, Steve Prestwich and Cold Chisel. He has also worked with Julio Iglesias orchestra, hosted the Goo Goo Dolls and rehearsed American Idol’s Randy Jackson and his band for their Australian tour.

Richter City Rebels ‘South Island Tour’

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Show Time 8:30pm

Aotearoa’s first and finest New Orleans brass band, Richter City Rebels are hitting the road again for their annual summer tour around the beautiful South Island! Returning to the one and only Blue Smoke to deliver their signature explosive beats and feel-good vibe. Get your tickets and prepare yourself for a joyful and juicy plate of strong, rich New Orleans fire.

The Richter City Rebels’ music is heavy and soulful. Blending RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk, it grooves deeply and pulsates with pounding bass and searing brass. Catchy vocals and chants draw the crowd into the party and the rolling, infectious sound is punctuated by the fierce crack of drums and percussion. The music has the soul and charisma of James Brown, mixed with the effortless swagger of Big Daddy Kane. When it hits you, you can’t help but dance and feel good!

Trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, and percussion bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party to any venue or festival. Incorporating stylish original melodies and shouts, funked-up pop tunes and bouncing hip-hop, the Rebels’ sound embodies the musical melting pot of Louisiana.

Their energetic show has recently headlined at events including the Wellington Jazz Festival, Tora Tora Tora, Taranaki Arts Festival, National Jazz Festival, CubaDupa, and Meridian Gardens Magic. Crowds line up for their monthly residency at popular Wellington venues Havana and The Rogue and Vagabond, and they also tour New Zealand regularly.

Energy, entertainment, and musicianship of the highest quality: the Richter City Rebels guarantee a rousing New Orleans experience.

Jane Siberry (Canada)

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Blue Smoke Open: 6:00pm – Show Time: 7:00pm

Canada’s legendary Jane Siberry finally returns to New Zealand for a string of solo shows.

Iconic and enigmatic, Jane Siberry is one of music’s most unique and gifted singer-songwriters. Blessed with a sincere integrity and emotional depth, she has released 14 studio albums, including her much loved signature song Calling All Angels.

Jane’s songs have been covered by numerous artists, including K.D. Lang with her stunning renditions of Love is Everything and the 23rd Psalm-inspired The Valley.

She is on tour from November 2018 until June 2019 in her home country Canada as well as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA performing with equal enthusiasm at Carnegie Hall and living rooms around the world.

Siberry’s shows have a reputation for becoming a story on their own. Expect to be stimulated, entertained, temporarily worried and ultimately glad to be alive. She will be performing favourites such as ‘The Taxi Ride’, ‘Calling All Angels’ and her exciting new songs.

The Frank Burkitt Band ‘Lost But Alive’ NZ Tour

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Blue Smoke open: 6:30pm-Show time: 8:30pm

The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be returning to Blue Smoke as part of their 30 date ‘Lost but Alive’ NZ Tour. It was a great night the last time they were in town so don’t miss out.

Frank is a storyteller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. A folk songwriter at his core, American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music.

When he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh with his partner and backing vocalist Kara Filbey, he formed The Frank Burkitt Band, with blues and country mandolin player Cameron Burnell and jazz double bassist James Geluk. This mix of styles and genres gives their show unique variety, alongside tight knit harmonies and well crafted arrangements.

2019 will see The Frank Burkitt Band embark on the longest tour of their lives. From January – June, they intend to take their music all around New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Yes, they are quite ambitious and slightly unhinged. They will be releasing a new live EP to coincide with their touring adventures.

My Baby ‘Mounaiki release tour’

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Blue Smoke open: 7:30pm- Show time: 8:30pm

HYPNOTIC TRANCE-POP group MY BABY, will be hitting our shores for a nationwide tour between Dec-March! This will be their fourth return after their Prehistoric Rhythm album pre-release tour in 2017. This time they delight us with recent release Mounaiki ~ By the Bright of Night a shamanic album laced with deep-bass driven grooves, gospel and blues singing, cultural inflections and a touch of EDM… try name a better combo.

This year, MY BABY begin their 13-date tour at New Year’s Eve festivals AUM (Auckland) and Rhythm & Alps (Wanaka). They will play a string of headline shows all over the country and finish up at WOMAD 2019! An incredibly hypnotising live act everyone has a chance to see so DON’T MISS OUT!

The Eastern & Barry Saunders – ‘Light House’ Benefit Show

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

In the almost decade long tradition of near Christmas shows and fundraisers, “National Treasures” (RNZ) The Eastern will perform on Dec. 22nd at their favourite local venue Blue Smoke. They will be joined by NZ country Icon, Warratah and gentleman of the road Barry Saunders.

The Eastern are known nationwide and internationally as a hard driving, hard working, hard hoping, huge hearted, country/folk/string/rock n roll powerhouse. They were described by ‘No Depression’ as “one of the best modern roots acts from any country”.

Barry Saunders both solo and with The Warratahs has carved in stone his name in New Zealand music history. Responsible for such classics as ‘Hands of My Heart” and “Maureen”, Barry just celebrated his 30th year on the road with The Warratahs performing sold out shows nationwide on the neverending ‘Drivin’ Wheel Tour’.

Both acts will offer their performance in a bucket rattling endeavor to raise money for the chronically underfunded Lyttelton Seafarers Centre.

Read on to get the full story..

The Seafarers Centre:

Benji Sator is a seafarer from the Philippines. He arrives in Lyttelton every 6 weeks on a container ship. The first thing Benji wants to do when he arrives in port is call his wife Maria. He knows she and the kids will be at home at dinnertime, about 9pm NZ time. So, upon arrival, if our Centre is not open, he will head up to the library and stand in freezing wind and tell his wife he is fine and his daughter that he loves her, as his hands turn blue from the cold.

While in port, Benji likes to stock up on few personal items. There is no bank in Lyttelton, but local businesses will happily exchange the US dollars he is paid for NZ dollars at a rate of US$1 for every NZ$1. Everyone knows there is usually at least 30-35% difference in the exchange rate in favour of the NZ dollar. For every US$100 he breaks, Beni is $40 out of pocket on the exchange rate alone. That is $40 dollars loss for a man who earns in a month what some CEOs of port companies earn in an hour. Last month, he wanted to go to the city, so called a taxi. The taxi driver charged him US$100 for a lift into town That is 10% of what Benji earns in a month. A fare to town should cost about NZ$45 dollars.

The Lyttelton Seafarers Centre is a place set up for Benji and his fellow workers. To provide assistance, amenities, care, support and most importantly a brief homelike respite.

While it still only opens for three hours each evening, in the 3 years since, we have had over 10,000 visits from seafarers docking in Lyttelton. Five nights a week, a volunteer opens the Centre, switches on the heat pump, and gives an inquiring seafarer our password so they can access our free wi-fi. During those hours, they don’t need to stand out in the dark and freezing cold anymore. The most common sound you hear in the Centre these nights is not the voices of the seamen, but the voices of their wives and children talking from overseas and laughing and chatting on Skype to a husband, a parent, a sibling.

The volunteers who work at the centre recognise seafarers, the poorly paid and often exploited international workforce who leave home and families to transport goods by ship to our shores. These are a group of people we often ignore, sometimes don’t even see. A seafarer can be endangered from shipwreck, piracy, dangerous work, industrial accidents and exploitation by employment agents, officers and shipping companies. Safety and fair wages are worldwide issues.

International Ports are a highly profitable industry. In 2017, NZ ports made a total post-tax profit of $260 million, paying millions of dollars in dividends to the City Councils that own them. Possibly this is because our ports are well managed? But more probably, it is because shipping companies are charged huge fees to tie up at NZ wharves, fees they can afford to pay, because they use cheap labour – from the Philippines, India, China, South Korea and other countries to crew their ships.

Every year, thousands of poorly paid seafarers come to our shores on merchant ships to bring goods and much needed materials that help make the infra-structure of New Zealand better for all of us. Yet we provide them little hospitality when they disembark from their boats. This is unlike passengers who come on cruise ships and spend millions of dollars in our shops. They get the red carpet laid out before them, for their comfort and wellbeing. We have a different standard for the workers, the seafarers. Most ports have virtually nothing to offer by way of hospitality. A seafarers’ centre, run on a volunteer basis with huge time and financial constraints, may or may not be located in port. If one is, maybe it is open for only a few hours, while a vessel could be in port for up to a week.

New Zealand is a signatory to the Maritime Labour Convention, an International Labour Organisation (ILO) Treaty signed in 2006. It covers almost every aspect of seafarer life and work on board ship, including the provision of shore-based welfare facilities for seafarers when in port. The Convention came into force in New Zealand in March 2017. Among many other provisions, the Convention recommends that members should take measures to ensure that ‘adequate welfare facilities and services are provided for seafarers in designated ports of call.’ However, it makes no mandatory designation as to who should fund such services, instead recommending they come ‘from grants from public funds, or levies or other special dues from shipping.’

At this point, none of this is happening in NZ. Instead, voluntary groupings like the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) and the Mission to Seafarers (MtS) are having sausage sizzles, dance nights and raffles to raise funding to try and keep centres open for seafarers when they call. Secondary students volunteer their evenings to help with money transfers, purchases of food items, organise internet access for seafarers and strum the occasional guitar. Let’s be clear. It is long past time for City Councils, who own the ports and make millions of dollars from them annually, to step up and put some solid regular finance towards providing seafarers safe, hospitable and just conditions on shore. After all, port companies made a total post-tax profit of $260 million in 2017. Also, there is absolutely no reason why a small levy (eg $50 – 100) shouldn’t be charged from every ship that comes into port to help towards funding such a resource. This dollar amount collected would be peanuts compared to the more than $20 000 ship owners can pay to tie up dockside for a 24-hour stay.

This is an issue primarily about the decent treatment of seafarers. It’s a human rights issue. A matter of justice – and hospitality.

In the meantime it’s up to us to help where we can, ‘Light House’ is one small show with its shoulder to the wheel we ask you to join us in the pushing!

Cassels Christmas Market at Blue Smoke

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Blue Smoke Open 10am – 9pm

The Tannery are having a Christmas Market Day so we thought we’d get in on the festivities and throw Blue Smoke’s doors wide open from mid-morning til late in the evening.

There will be an outdoor food market in our riverside courtyard, craft stalls, fine food offerings and good home cooked music on the airwaves; both inside and out.

This will be a great opportunity to grab a unique handcrafted Christmas pressie or or two whilst enjoying a leisurely time with family and friends. The Cassels & Sons beer bus will roll up for the occasion and we’ll be selling gift packs of all shapes and sizes for your craft beer loving whanau.

Our chef will have the grill going first thing so expect breakfast sarnies and fresh coffee if you’re an early bird.

Here is a full list of craft stalls and food vendors that will be in our corner of The Tannery!

CRAFT / DESIGNER MARKET STALLS IN BLUE SMOKE

Cassels and Sons Brewing Co
Village Leather Craft
Kakariki Kitchen
Korukai Natural Herbal Products
Vintage Black Soy Candles
Back Road Soap
Casa Color
Lemon and Sunshine
Gwamma’s Originals
Yho Design

FOOD VENDORS IN RIVERSIDE FOOD COURT

Cassels & Sons Beer Bus & Grill
Kung Fu Dumplings
Fritzs Wieners
Pita Pit
American Delight
Black Forrest Waffle Hut

Tattletale Saints Duo Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 5:00pm- Show time: 6:00pm

December 2018 sees Auckland born, Nashville based Tattletale Saints return home, performing 13 intimate acoustic duo concerts around the country in support of the release of two new singles.

This tour marks a return to the acoustic duo sound that first introduced the Saints’ music to New Zealand audiences in 2012, earning them the Tui for Folk Album of The Year in 2014.

Cy Winstanley (guitar/vocals and APRA Silver Scroll nominee) and Vanessa McGowan (bass/vocals) have been based Stateside for the last 5 years, living and working alongside Nashville’s best. This time in Music City USA has brought a new depth of artistry and polish to their performances and songwriting.

Audiences can look forward to a mix of old and new songs, along with the band’s takes on classic country, pop and American songbook hits.

“..elements of folk, good old Appalachia style music, and a splash of country…well-written songs with stirring vocals.” No Depression Magazine

Ziggy Alberts ‘Laps Around The Sun World Tour’

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Showtime: 7:30pm

In celebration of the new album Laps Around The Sun, Ziggy Alberts is embarking on his Laps Around The Sun World Tour. Kicking off his first shows this December, Ziggy will be headlining rooms of all shapes and sizes across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, North America, South Africa and South America.

Support from: BEXY

No stranger to life on the road, the world tour celebrates the next chapter in Ziggy’s growing career and will take him to both foreign and familiar lands. With over 100 dates to be announced, be sure to keep a close eye as the shows start to roll out.

For first time Ziggy enthusiasts, we will give this away – Ziggy is an energetic performer with songs that carry powerful messages about his passion for the ocean & environment, love stories and memories of being on the road as a touring musician. Somehow Ziggy continues to truly connect with his audience, despite the growing room sizes at every show. Expect your night to be a musical journey of dancing, sing-a-longs, and unplugged favourites, with Ziggy having the crowd bouncing one moment to silently swaying the next.

Tui Mamaki

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Doors Open: 7:00pm – Showtime: 8:00pm

Stories of love, harvest, death and transcendence, featuring powerful, hypnotic vocals, tampura drone instruments and acoustic/electric guitars. With music as a meeting place, TUi’s music also becomes a playground for the phenomenal and poetic percussionist DOUG BRUSH.

TUi MAMAKi (formerly of The Mamaku Project) disappeared to Bulgaria in 2014… Where is Bulgaria!? It is in her childhood record collection, in her impossible dreams, as far east in Europe as you can go, and now, deeply woven into her voice & being, as TUi trained for the last 3 years in the techniques and repertoire of that obscurely-famous Bulgarian folklore.

Through this kind of exile/immersion TUi has uncovered a new sound for herself – a super intimate kind of Neo-Folk, underpinned by hypnotic odd-meter Bulgarian rhythms, and clothed in delicate and dreamy, eastern-tainted melodies. The English language lyrics soften the distance and make for a strangely familiar exoticism.

DOUG BRUSH is an extraordinarily versatile percussionist, bringing a world of experience and some fascinating percussion instruments to the stage. Trained in America, Cuba, Spain, North India, South India, North and West Africa, and after performing, teaching and recording all over the world, Doug has put down roots in NZ since 2010.

Chelsea Jade ‘Personal Best’ Album Release Tour

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Doors Open: 8:00pm – Showtime: 9:00pm

“New Zealand’s Accidental Dream Pop Hero” – Noisey

“Chelsea Jade’s presence is ethereal” – DAZED

“Chelsea Jade is a master of awkward, weirdo intelligence” – i-D

Captivating performance artist and singer songwriter, Chelsea Jade, returns to New Zealand this November for three shows to celebrate the release of her debut project, Personal Best.

Off the heels of her latest single “Laugh It Off”, a sold-out performance at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, and her second APRA Silver Scroll Nomination in as many years, Personal Best was released on July 20th.

“Personal Best represents the ability to measure yourself only against yourself,” says Chelsea of the 11 track project. “It’s becoming an athlete in accepting, for better or worse, all of the parts of yourself.”

Continuing to raise the bar visually, Personal Best includes Chelsea’s previous releases of “Low Brow”,”Life of the Party”, “Ride or Cry”, “High Beam” and “Laugh it Off” – as well as producer credits from Pilbrow, Big Taste (Justin Bieber), Sam McCarthy (BOYBOY) and Brad Hale (Now Now). To date, Chelsea has garnered the attention of i-D, Noisey, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, DAZED, The FADER and more.

With a focus on literate lyricism, Chelsea Jade harnesses an art school approach through her low impact, high drama vocal performance and lateral visual sensibilities. In short, Chelsea immediately captivates. Born in Cape Town, South Africa and raised in New Zealand, she began as a dancer and gravitated towards music early on, falling in love with the conversation between the ballet pianist and her own movement. Eventually being caught between the high concept world of art school and a romance with the immediacy of pop music, Chelsea abandoned her studies in the middle of exams and fled to New York for a series of writing sessions with Justyn Pilbrow (The Neighbourhood). A fan-girl encounter with producer Dre Skull in a Tokyo elevator lead Chelsea to realize that the US was the pop mecca she had been dreaming of and in late 2015, she relocated to the east-side of Los Angeles. A two year writing intensive followed, working with producers like Pilbrow, Big Taste [Justin Bieber], Sam McCarthy [BOYBOY], and Brad Hale [Now Now]. From these sessions, Chelsea executive produced the full-length debut, Personal Best.

Princess Chelsea – Cancelled

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact info@bluesmoke.co.nz with any queries.

The Loneliest Girl NZ tour will be the first time Princess Chelsea has performed to New Zealand audiences in three years. It sees Chelsea and her band return home after an extensive “Planet Earth” circuit of the U.K, Europe and Korea.

“I’ve got some new band members, which is pretty cool,” she says “and we have spent the last three months tightening our live set before touring the album ..

Back in June, Princess Chelsea gave us a glimpse into her latest musical outing in the form of new song ‘I Love My Boyfriend’. A deceptively clever 60s garage rock song discussing an internal struggle with monogamy.

“a DIY pop song that subverts the rules” – NOISEY UK

The video was self – directed and edited by Chelsea.

The Loneliest Girl was recorded by Chelsea between 2016 and 2017 in her home studio in West Auckland, New Zealand with production assistance from label-mate Jonathan Bree. Chelsea’s trademark arrangements featuring classic 80s Synths (Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50), ambient guitars, and orchestral instruments are all here but are presented in a more refined and simple manner than on her previous releases.

A classically trained pianist, Nikkel lent her talents to self-professed “circus punk” act Teen Wolf in the mid-2000s, and later in the touring lineup of indie pop outfit the Brunettes. When she wasn’t performing, she worked as a composer for a local recording studio, all the while refining her songwriting and production skills. Her full-length debut as Princess Chelsea, Lil’ Golden Book, was released in late 2011 by New Zealand label Lil’ Chief, and included the viral YouTube hit “Cigarette Duet” (nearly 41 million views and counting).

Jonathan Bree – Cancelled

This show has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact info@bluesmoke.co.nz with any queries.

November Sleepwalking tour will see “The Master of Misery” perform in New Zealand for the first time since 2017s’ Others Way Festival. Joined by his faceless band, audiences will get the chance to hear album singles ‘Fuck It’ which topped the 95bFM charts in June 2018, ‘You’re So Cool’ – Time Out New Yorks, best music video of 2017 as well as ‘ Valentine’ and ‘Say You Love Me Too’.

Jonathan Bree’s third solo album, Sleepwalking was released in June 2018 via the artist / producer’s own label, Lil’ Chief Records. It saw the emergence of the mysterious masked band. They first appeared in his music video for ‘Weird Hardcore’ (from second album A Little Night Music) but who suddenly caught everyone’s attention with Jonathan’s self-directed music video for the release of ‘You’re So Cool’.

“Sleepwalking is a record of sublime and sophisticated classic pop that conspires to lead you, willingly, into its dark night… You won’t want to wake from this beautiful nightmare” – NZ Herald

“…Jonathan Bree has chosen a darker path, scattered with minor keys, darkly intoned, gloomy lyrics, and music as sparse and intricate as the Brunettes’ music was stuffed full of light…. Refined and classy — with no sweat or blood spilled, but plenty of hearts bruised and broken — the record is a subtle and sophisticated listen made by a master craftsman whose beating heart is laid bare for all to see just below the glossy surfaces.” – AllMusic.com

“listening to his new album is like imagining the masked artist sneaking up behind you and whispering his sophisticated pop tunes into your ear – it’s gently hypnotic and ever so slightly disquieting.” – undertheradar.co.nz

“Doubts, disappointment, despair and dejection. They’re all there, but wrapped up in such an ironically gorgeous package, you’d hardly know it.” – Radio NZ National

Congress Of Animals – The Strange Caravan Tour

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Doors Open: 7:30pm – Showtime 8:00pm

A Strange Caravan travels its way around New Zealand this spring

A collective of renowned kiwi songwriters and solo artists, tracing lineage to many of NZ’s most loved bands, join forces this spring to bring you The Strange Caravan Tour.

The tour features Bret McKenzie, Age Pryor, Justin Firefly, Nigel Collins and Ben Lemi, whose musical projects include Fly My Pretties, Trinity Roots and Flight of the Conchords to name but a few. This five piece ensemble now congregate to showcase new original songs in intimate live settings across the country this November and December.

Starting as a series of jam sessions between old friends, the group of songsmiths has blossomed from an ad hoc hangout to full musical partnership over the last eighteen months.

Age Pryor explains;”Justin, Nigel and Bret were getting together to try out tunes, and I joined when I happened to be in Wellington – Justin and I had done the same thing before, in jams that became the Woolshed Sessions album. The multi-talented Ben Lemi was the last to join the group, and turned out to be the missing piece of the evolving jigsaw.”

These 5 musicians will be hitching their wagon and travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand for the very special Strange Caravan tour.

Congress of Animals and Under The Radar presents

The STRANGE CARAVAN Tour

Featuring:

Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords)

Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)

Justin Firefly (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions)

Nigel Collins (Flight of the Conchords, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)

Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, French For Rabbits)

Glass Vaults

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Doors Open: 7pm – Showtime: 9pm

This is a one off performance by psych-pop outfit Glass Vaults and their only headline Christchurch show of 2018. A rare chance to catch this force majeure of alternative art-pop in the garden city.

Joined on the night by low-fi fuzz-pop virtuoso Ben Woods.

wonky sun-soaked rhythms and effortlessly cool vocals” – Wonderland Magazine

“…absorbing and richly crafted pop…” – GOLD FLAKE PAINT

Enthralling New Zealand psych-folk” – CLASH Music

“…lush, vibrant, and utterly cool… – THE REVUE

Since their conception in 2010, merchants of bliss Glass Vaults have produced a stream of releases and transcendental live performances which have developed into a unique brand of psychedelic pop.

Conceived in Wellington, New Zealand by Performance Design graduates, Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce, the band continues to work closely with producer Bevan Smith (Carpark Records) who has become an integral part of the band and sound.

During this time they have released two acclaimed LPs and three EPs, played to capacity crowds inside drained swimming pools and humid forests, toured throughout New Zealand, Australia, U.S.A and taken up residence in New York while maintaining strong critical praise. Their early collection of EP’s, written and recorded in rooms and studios throughout New Zealand, are atmosphere driven, hazy and slower paced.

With the release of Sojourn (2015, Flying Out) and The New Happy (2017, Melodic Records) the band has begun to peel away the hazy veneer to reveal precision crafted pop songs with groove, immediacy and striking clarity.

Elemeno P ‘Louder Louder’ NZ Spring Tour

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Doors Open:7:30pmpm – Showtime: 8:30pm

Iconic kiwi rock group, Elemeno P are excited to hit the road on their upcoming 7-date New Zealand Spring tour – their most extensive run of regional dates in over a decade!

As one of Aotearoa’s quintessential rock groups, the much-loved five piece will ring in the warmer climates with fans from all across the country as they revisit the classics (and the deep cuts) for a special set of shows not to be missed.

Wreckless Eric

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Doors Open: 7:30pm – Showtime 8:30pm

David Roy Williams Entertainment Presents: Wreckless Eric

Talk about Wreckless Eric and what immediately comes to mind is his enduring hit Whole Wide World – covered in stadiums and sheds from Aberdeen to Alabama – but there’s a whole lot more to the story than just that.

With over 40 years of recording and touring behind him he shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away.

Except maybe where the Antipodes are concerned.

An original Stiff Records artist in 1977 alongside Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, the Damned and Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric is one of England’s great underground songwriters. His classic “Whole Wide World” has been covered by the Monkees, Green Day, the Replacements, the Proclaimers, Will Ferrell (in Stranger Than Fiction) and even Marilyn Manson. Mental as Anything, whose Reg Mombassa & Peter O’Doherty are special guests for one of Eric’s Sydney shows, had a hit with the song themselves in the ’90s. It stands alongside the Only Ones’ Another Girl Another Planet and the Undertones’ Teenage Kicks as one of the evergreens of the punk era. His other hits from that time include Semaphore Signals,Reconnez Cherie, Hit & Miss Judy, Broken Doll and A Pop Song.

For his early work alone he deserves his place alongside Ray Davies, Robyn Hitchcock, Kevin Ayers and Squeeze’s Difford & Tilbrook as one of England’s great iconic songwriters, though comparisons are beside the point because, like all great artists, he has something entirely unique.

In 1981 Wreckless Eric / Eric Goulden left Stiff Records, turned his back on mainstream success and went underground. He formed a fiercely independent garage band, The Len Bright Combo, with two ex-members of The Milkshakes and released a couple of DIY albums. A string of completely homemade albums followed – Le Beat Group Electrique, The Donovan Of Trash, 12 O’Clock Stereo,Karaoke, Bungalow Hi, each with a unique character. Though his work was often derided and frequently misunderstood he toured relentlessly, playing to small audiences across the UK, mainland Europe and the United States.

In 2006 he formed a band with his wife, the American songwriter and musician Amy Rigby. They made three albums together as Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby and carried on the non-stop touring until 2015 when Fire Records reissued Eric’s post-Stiff Records output and a new Wreckless Eric album, ‘amERICa’, to critical acclaim.

Eric’s post-Stiff work has had an impact on a younger generation of artists, including bands such as the Pink Tiles, Dick Diver, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and the Girlatones, members of whom will be opening shows for Eric on his Antipodean tour this November.

Wreckless Eric has not toured in Australia and New Zealand since 1980. He says he was busy, it was a long way, and nobody ever asked him.

Eric will perform completely solo with acoustic and electric guitars – he has no need of a band, so please don’t ask – his shows are loud, dissonant, lyrical, gently melodic, uplifting and strangely moving. He plays material spanning his whole career, including tracks from his acclaimed new album Construction Time & Demolition, a musically complex trawl through the psyche of a man with plenty to say and nothing to lose.

“He sets his seared vistas to the most uplifting, glorious, celestial seismic lurch” – Goldmine

“Amid all the bleakness and despair, Goulden emerges as a true shining light” – Mojo

“Gut-wrenching, heart-rending and brilliant.” – Q Magazine

“Sardonic and soulful… hilariously outraged and superbly tuneful.” – Dusted

The Nukes ‘Family Show’

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Doors Open: 3:30pm – Showtime: 4pm

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love.

The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and people will be staggered by what the Nukes are able to achieve with it. Great songwriting, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience.

Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.

Now, with the soul wrenching retirement of the inimitable Snapper Thiele, The Nukes face a turn in the road and a fresh set of possibilities.

Dave and Ben have recruited multi-instrumentalist Mike Burrows to help ease their aching hearts, kiss their boo boos and make it all better. What will this mysterious stranger bring to the party? Only time will tell.

Luckily you won’t have to wait too long because the lads are coming back down to Canterbury with Public shows and workshops at Balcairn, Lincoln, Lyttleton, Timaru and Christchurch

It’s the new Nukes.

Do try it.

Excellent Soul Therapy – Reunion Show

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Doors Open: 8:00pm – Showtime: 9:00pm

Powerful forces have somehow aligned, and against all the odds, the Universe has provided us with one more session of…….

Excellent Soul Therapy!

EST, as they were known, were a Christchurch band in the early to mid 90’s. A core four piece of Sly Boy, Willy J, Kane and Brother C, created a huge, dynamic sound encompassing many genres including Reggae, Dub, Funk, Soul, Psych-rock, just to name a few.

Many later shows also included Pete and Conan on horns, both before and as they became part of the fast growing Salmonella Dub.

Due to various reasons EST stopped playing in the latter 90’s, but after a long hiatus have decided to get back together for one more fun and groovy show in their spiritual home of Christchurch.

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, they will light up the stage at Blue Smoke, well supported by DJ Skid Mark

So, you Awesome Tribe, if you remember them, and the fun you had back in the day, come down and reconnect, they’d all love to see you there!

Peace and Love to you All!

Anika Moa Album Release Tour

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If Anika Moa was feeling ready to kick back for the remainder of 2018, then things haven’t really run to plan. In fact it’s about to get a whole lot busier for the multi-talented entertainer with a new album release, tv series and live shows all on the way.

Earlier in May, eighteen years after her debut recording on American soil, Moa headed to the vibrant musical hub of New Orleans to record her sixth studio album. The self-titled album, Anika Moa, is set to be released through Universal Music on 5th October.

“This album saw me heading back to America to record in one of my favorite cities in the world – New Orleans. It’s full of life, romance and a touch of crazy which is what I needed for the new songs I was bringing to the table” says Anika.

“Showing this new album off is like having a baby in a way. Your proudest moment with tumultuous moments in-between. I am very proud of this music!”

Producer Brady Blade has enlisted a super-band, with himself as drummer, Doug Pettibone (John Mayer, Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithfull, Tracy Chapman)playing guitars and pedal steel, and Tony Hall (The Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Dave Mathews) on bass. Other locals have also popped in to guest; US/Swedish artist Anders Osborne on guitar, Joe Ashlar (Dr. John) on keys and Mike Dillon, percussion. Completing the team was Texas-based engineer, Chris Bell (Destiny’s Child, The Eagles, Erykah Badu, Don Henley).

The result is a 10-track collection of some of Anika’s clearest and most captivating music. Her familiar melodic blueprint journeys through folk, pop and Americana. Led by acoustic guitar, peppered with lazy pedal steel and resonant piano and finessed with slick production Moa’s emotive and intelligent lyricism and engaging storytelling ebbs and flows between love, pain, sadness, joy, and adoration.

To celebrate the album release, Anika is also assembling her band to perform live shows in the main centres.

‘Avantdale Bowling Club’ On Tour

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Doors Open: 7:30pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Following on from a No.1 New Zealand album, Tom Scott is taking his Avantdale Bowling Club project live in October and November. “This record has so much potential for interpretation. It was made to be played live. I can’t wait to move this from the rehearsal room to the stage” says Scott.

The band comprises some of the country’s finest jazz musicians in Julien Dyne (Drums), Tonga Vaea (Keys and Trumpet), Ben Turua (Bass) and JY Lee (Sax) together with special guest vocalists.

“These are some of my heroes. When I turned 18, the first place I went to was the London Bar to watch Ben Turua and Julien Dyne – now they are in my band…crazy”

Avantdale Bowling Club has been three years in the making, primarily at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland, and the release was celebrated by critics and music-lovers alike, delivering the highest-selling local album. Advance orders for the vinyl version (late October release) have sold out and a second run is being pressed to meet demand.

“Avantdale Bowling Club is a powerful, personal, deeply musical piece of work.” – Nick Bollinger, The Sampler RNZ

“Scott has peaked musically on ABC and even if he’s not performing all the instrumentation involved, he’s clearly a phenomenal writer and visionary’. – Mike Alexander, Stuff/Sunday

“As an album, it cements Tom as not just one of New Zealand’s best rappers, but one of the better songwriters working in any genre”. – Dominic Hoey, The Spinoff

“We can marvel in his latest offering which well and truly cements his spot as one of New Zealand’s best ever lyricists.” – Sam Smith – Radio13

Courtney Marie Andrews (USA)

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Blue Smoke open from: 5:00pm – Showtime: 6:00pm

We’re over the moon to bring Courtney Marie Andrews to the Blue Smoke stage this October. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of country music’s best kept secrets perform an intimate concert on a Sunday evening. Book a table for your family and friends and make a night of it, delicious food on offer throughout.

Support From: Richard Dada

We will have a special concert menu for this evening. Watch this space for details!

Courtney Marie Andrews spent over nine months of 2017 on the road, with multiple trips across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. That’s nothing new for Andrews, though. She’s been touring relentlessly since leaving her Arizona hometown at 16. It’s a life that inspired much of her 2016 breakthrough album, Honest Life. While that album’s themes spoke to the isolation and rootlessness inherent in a life on the road, most of its songs were actually written during an intentional, extended break. The success that followed its release, however, didn’t afford her the same break to write the material for her new album.

Although May Your Kindness Remain was predominately written on the road — in the van, in hotels, and in the homes of family and friends — it’s not a road record like its predecessor. That is, it’s not so much inspired by her life on the road so much as it is by the people she’s met along the way. It’s an inward reflection on the connectivity of their stories and her own. “More than anything,” she says, “it got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family. It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues.”

Richard Dada makes creamy low-fi psychedelic music. Richard Dada is anti-art, anti-war, anti-nationalism, the rejection of logic, rejection of capitalism and the expression of nonsense. Richard Dada is the solo project of Richard Larsen, creative driving force behind off kilter pop outfit Glass Vaults.

Sex On Toast ‘Rough’ EP Release Tour

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Blues Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

At long last, Sex on Toast are ready to unveil their latest EP… Rough.

The record signals the completion of the double EP project Rough and Ready. 016’s Ready was a light and joyous affair, with horn arrangements, pianos, both electric and acoustic, high falsetto and tight 70’s backbeats.

Rough EP shifts that palate with sparse ballads, slow jams, uptempo, Minneapolis stomp, heavy metal, 12” mixes, drum machines and industrial noise. Think of Rough as Ready’s moodier older cousin.

So tune into this recorded event for surround sound tales of unrequited love, parties, betrayal, break-ups, yearning, burning, limerence and legend.

Tiny Ruins ‘How Much’ Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

In celebration of the ‘How Much’ release, Tiny Ruins will be playing Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington as the full band line up late October – early November.

Support from: Ben Woods

“How much would you be willing to give?” Fullbrook asks point-blank in the first offering from their anticipated third album, ahead of woozily discordant strings and a stomping neo-psychedelic rhythm. The lyric brims with imagery of supermarket breakdowns, lilos, snarks and silos while an anthemic guitar hook soars throughout. Not content to leave the song at a stable conclusion, a thumping ‘I am the Walrus’-esque bass outro propels the track boomerang-style back to a space of adroit experimentation.

Prior to these shows, the full band heads to the UK / EU for a month long tour late August through September. On the journey home, Tiny Ruins will tour Australia solo with Milk! Records icon, Jen Cloher preceding supporting The Chills on their nationwide NZ tour.

A group renowned for their electric dynamic live on stage, Tiny Ruins have toured the world many times over in solo and varied group formations. They have played stages across countless cities with Sharon van Etten, Calexico, The Handsome Family and more.

“Fullbrook’s hushed yet forceful songs, packed with obsessives and resilient loners, demand your full attention.”

– Q Magazine

“She is always looking uneasily toward the next line, or moving toward mysticism. In sentimental contexts, she generates lines of wicked ambition.”

– The New York Times

“It’s hard not to be captivated by Fullbrook and her intimate brand of storytelling, as she draws you in with quiet charisma and charm.”

– Consequence of Sound

Harry Lyon ‘To The Sea’ Album Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:00pm

To the Sea is the first solo album for Harry Lyon. Produced by Lyttelton’s music auteur Delaney Davidson the album showcases Harry’s array of styles and influences with classic Kiwi rock, New Orleans vaudeville, Latin, Pasifika, country and a Christmas ballad for good measure. Lyrically subjects range from love songs, a life well lived and Harry’s usual wry political and social observations.

Harry was co-founder, guitar player and songwriter with NZ Hall of Fame band Hello Sailor. His songwriting credits include, Lying in the Sand and Watch Your Back from Sailor’s award- winning first album, Dr I Like Your Medicine, 1981 Single of the Year for Coup D’Etat, and Muscles, that featured on Midge Marsden’s Burning Rain album and was a 1991 APRA Silver Scroll finalist. He also played with The Pink Flamingos, Hammond Gamble and The Legionnaires for whom he wrote the Top 20 single You Bring Out the Worst in Me.

For his To the Sea tour, Harry has assembled a band of music heavyweights, most with a strong connection to the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) where he worked until mid-2017. He said he’s “Really honoured these guys all said yes straight up and the feeling at rehearsals is great.”

Harry’s set for the tour will feature some Sailor favourites, songs from Harry’s back catalogue, and of course some from his much-anticipated solo album “To The Sea”. Audiences also can expect some special guest cameo performances.

“To the Sea” will be released October 5th CD/LP/Digital. (Norm Records/ Southbound Distribution)

The Band

Tony Waine, Bass: Tony is an APRA Silver Scroll winner and founder of award winning kiwi band The Narcs. The band’s debut gold album Great Divide earned 5 RIANZ Awards including Single of the Year for their Top Ten hit Heart and Soul. The Narcs were one of the first Kiwi acts to have records released worldwide and they continue to record, recently releasing the single/video Summerhill Stone. Tony has written songs with Shona Laing, Buzz Moller and Authur Baysting. He produced the Best of the Narcs album and Christchurch The Music, the double CD compilation.

Stephen Small, Keys: In twenty years of studio recording and live performances, Stephen has worked alongside many luminaries of popular music, such as Jaz Coleman, Belinda Carlisle, Beth Hart, Graeme Downes (Verlaines), Hammond Gamble, Autozamm, Bonnie Tyler and Leo Sayer. He has arranged and directed music for radio broadcasts, televised studio concerts and large outdoor events in New Zealand. Stephen is Music Director and arranger for legendary Grammy-winning New Age artist Kitaro. He produced the Pop Album of the Year (2012) for New Zealand singer-songwriter Jamie McDell (EMI/Universal) and has accompanied on piano singers such as Dame Malvina Major and the late Sir Howard Morrison.

Josh Sorenson, Drums: Josh is an in-demand drummer and respected music educator. He has played, toured, and/or recorded with a veritable who’s-who of NZ music artist, including; King Kapisi, Sola Rosa, Annie Crummer, Nathan Haines, Joel Haines, Hammond Gamble, Rikki Morris, Debbie Harwood and Hello Sailor. He also composes, arranges and plays for his own original rock band Royal Jackets.

Jimmy Taylor, Guitar: Jimmy’s music career began in Dunedin playing in bar bands but he moved to London in 1989 and became a founding member of ‘Miss World’ that featured musicians that had played in bands like Original Mirrors, The Pretenders and Roger Taylor’s post Queen line-up The Cross. During the 90s Jimmy recorded three further Miss World albums and featured on recordings by The Starlings, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Dave Stewart.

Another Side Of Paul Ubana Jones

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Doors open: 7:00pm- Show Time: 8:00pm

A national treasure Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar. he is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal blues and soul.

Paul Ubana Jones is set to bring his “unique electro acoustic” music to Blue Smoke

Direct from his European Tour: He brings new songs to his live sets, and a creative virtuosic energy that has kept him a busy touring musician since 1973 in Europe and since 1987 here in New Zealand.

Whilst opening for Tuck and Patti in Los Angeles, Tuck Andress was highly moved by Paul’s playing and even more surprised that Paul does not use any pedals to enhance his delivery.” I just demonstrated to him back stage my right hand technique, and both he and his wife, Patti took me out to dinner the next day!

I felt really moved by that, they were glorious to me. Music has and still is very much my passport to many a heart.

The Warratahs – Drivin’ Wheel Tour

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Blue Smoke open from: 7.00pm – Show time: 8.30pm

For over 30 years The Warratahs have carved a niche into the New Zealand landscape – literally from North Cape to Bluff, becoming legendary for extensively touring both small towns and cities alike.This year New Zealand’s greatest country music band are hitting the road again.

This year New Zealand’s greatest country music band celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their debut album “The Only Game In Town”. Winning the Country Music Album Award for 1988 and receiving a Gold Award for sales, the album included songs that have long become well known favourites – “Hands Of My Heart”,

“Maureen” and “The Only Game In Town”. To honour the occasion, The Warratahs are pleased to announce the release of “Drivin’ Wheel”, a 24 track compilation spanning the years from 1988 to the present day, including the brand new song “Fast Train”.

Albi & The Wolves ‘It Ain’t Easy’ National Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7.30pm- Show time: 8.30pm

Albi & The Wolves are back after the wonderful mini tour that was The Great New Zealand Folk Revival to visit many of the places they missed! This relentless trio will hit 21 cities and towns in the North and South Island to celebrate their next single It Ain’t Easy.

If you haven’t head about them already Albi & The Wolves are a New Zealand string band that creates a huge sound using only an acoustic guitar, an electric violin, a double bass, and their three voices. The band is renowned for their great stage presence and dynamic shows that they have evolved by touring extensively here and a little in Australia. Their songs stand out on their own too as the band recently won the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album One Eye Open. Chris Dent (the proud albino front man Albi), Pascal Roggen, and Micheal Young’s individuality shines through the music to make something compelling, uplifting, soulful and fun.

Each show is different so be sure to catch them and the amazing Candice Milner, who will be opening the show

Steve Gunn (USA) New Zealand Tour

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Blue Smoke Open:7:00pm – Show Time:8:00pm

Hot on the heels of a critically lauded 2017 visit to New Zealand, New York-based guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn returns for four solo shows across the country. One festival performance, one headline show, and two supports for iconic Dunedin pop minstrels The Chills.

With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve Gunn (formerly a guitarist in Kurt Vile’s backing band, The Violators) has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven material, and forward thinking songwriting. Steve has steadily processed his inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Close listening reveals the influence of blues, folk, ecstatic free jazz, and psych in his continually unfolding output.

Support from: Emily Fairlight

Tiki Taane

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Blue Smoke Open:7:00pm – Show Start:8:30pm

After his last sell out Blue Smoke show, Tiki Taane returns to his old stomping ground to perform his powerful and uplifting “One Man Band” show with support from special quests. This will be another epic night of experimental music with plenty of classic hits by the “King of the Dubs”.

The Teskey Brothers ‘I Get Up’ Tour

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Blue Smoke Open: 7:30pm – Showtime: 8:30pm

The Teskey Brothers are excited to make their way back to NZ for the second time this year!

The Teskey Brothers are a rare musical gem. Honouring that old school Motown sound and working it into something of their very own, the band have received widespread acclaim for their gorgeous debut album Half Mile Harvest. A raw combination of soul and blues, the record has warmed the hearts of listeners everywhere with it’s melancholic, analogue tones.

Written by all four band members, the album was recorded in their own home studio, self-produced and released independently. Listening to the record you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the work of Stax Records alumni in Memphis circa ‘67 rather than a group of twenty-somethings from the Yarra Valley just outside Melbourne. The feeling is as old as the tape machine it was recorded on and it’s a true expression of love.

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Mild Orange

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Doors: 7:30pm Show Time: 9:00pm

Dunedin band and worldwide YouTube indie sensation, Mild Orange, are coming to Christchurch this September to play one show only at Blue Smoke.

Mild Orange (affectionately, M.O) is a young four-piece band that creates what they call ‘melting melodies’ – an energy and vibrancy derived from a lust for smooth sounds.

In April, M.O released their debut self-produced album, ‘Foreplay’, to world acclaim, with multiple singles soaring into the millions of views on YouTube.

“Listening to this album was what I needed in my life.“ 9/10 – itdjents

“You can’t ask for much more from any album.” – Hello Zukeen

Following the release of ‘Foreplay’, M.O sold out their New Zealand album tour and have also been announced on this years Rhythm and Alps lineup.

The current run of shows around New Zealand sees Mild Orange aiming to build more lovely experiences for all to enjoy live. Their powerful, poetic and at times pensive live performances will take you on a sonic journey that is sure to be felt.

Nab a ticket for the Mild Orange show before it sells out… this may be your last chance to see them before they fly and groove overseas.

The Johnnys (Australia)

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Blue Smoke open: 7:30pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Special Guest in Christchurch: Lindon Puffin.

Trailblazing Australian cowpunks The Johnnys will perform five New Zealand concerts in late September – their first tour here in three decades.

NZ tour dates are: The Cook, Dunedin (26th); Blue Smoke, Christchurch (27th); San Fran, Wellington (28th); Galatos, Auckland (29th); Sawmill, Leigh (30th).

The Johnnys barnstorming shows at legendary NZ venues like The Gluepot and Warners back in the 80s made an impenetrable impression.

Their 1986 album ‘Highlights Of A Dangerous Life’ was a runaway success in Australia and New Zealand. It was firmly embedded in the NZ Album Top 20 chart, where it remained for 10 weeks, thanks to infectious tracks like Bleeding Heart, Injun Joe, and (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown.

The band – comprising Kiwi-born Graham Hood (bass and vocals), Slim Doherty (guitar) and Billy Pommer Jr (drums) – will be knocking out their 2018 NZ tour in the same dynamic fashion.

Says Graham Hood: “After so long away, it will be great to tour New Zealand this Spring and reconnect with everyone. Full-length sets, a whole lot of fun and some very talented local opening acts. See you there!”

The tour also serves a tribute to their very ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones (The Johnnys, Beasts of Bourbon) who won’t be crossing the Tasman.

The band formed in Sydney in 1982 when Kiwi-born Graham Hood (ex-Normals) tried out for the Hoodoo Gurus after quitting the Allniters. He met Hoodoo Gurus’ guitarist Roddy Ray’da and, with drummer Billy Pommer Jr, they formed The Johnnys, playing their first show at Palms Disco on Oxford Street in Sydney.

Spencer P. Jones joined on guitar and the four-piece released their single “I Think You’re Cute”, before joining major label Mushroom.

They racked up eight singles and three albums, played the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand – convened an instant party wherever they went – and cemented their place as the indisputable, rough riding champions of cowpunk.

The Johnnys played a blistering 6-song appearance at Punk It Up’s farewell Kings Arms show earlier this year, which proved to be the catalyst for this five-date tour. Of that brief appearance, reviewer Sarah Kidd said: “The audience couldn’t get enough as the mosh pit doubled in intensity for the band who delivered their tracks such as ‘There’s gonna be a Showdown’ and ‘Injun Joe’ to an extremely appreciative audience.”

James Kenyon & Monty Bevins

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Blue Smoke open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:00pm

Australian songwriter James Kenyon is returning to Aotearoa this September for an 8 date tour that will include Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. He’ll be joined by New Zealand favourite and hardest working troubadour Monty Bevins.

Kenyon has built a strong following across NZ after consistently touring since 2015, on the back of his his highly praised album ‘Imagine You Are Driving’, released through Little Lake Records. In the last 18 months, Kenyon has completed a 10 date tour of the UK and Europe, a tour of New Zealand and 3 tours of Australia, including a 27 date single launch tour in November 2017.

As a composer, Kenyon most recently collaborated with Nick Huggins to create the soundtrack for Jackie Van Beek’s New Zealand Feature film ‘The Inland Road’.

“I love New Zealand, it’s such a magic place, and people there seem to really relate to my music. Touring with Monty is a treat. He has worn a path up and down NZ and people have a lot of love for him. He’s a generous fellow and a great musician.”

“Kenyon is certainly not the most annoying Aussie I’ve had to deal with, and I quite like his music, which is a plus” added a typically dry Bevins.

“What a great Songwriter..it’s not hyperbole to suggest he follows in the footsteps of Paul Kelly and Don Walker” – Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio National

“Exploring the creative potential of soundscape in songwriting, he places the listener in the landscapes he depicts with sensitive artistry. A meditative, authentic journey that is genuinely in tune with its subject.” – Jessie Cunniffe, Sydney Morning Herald

The Beths ‘Future Me Hates Me’ Tour

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Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm Show time: 8:30pm

After a whirlwind of dates in the US, UK, EU and Australia, The Beths will be returning to our shores for five shows in mid September in support of their newly minted album ‘Future Me Hates Me’ which comes out today, August 10th via Carpark Records in Washington DC. Anyone who’s seen The Beths live already can testify to their electric magnetism and fun arrangements.

“There’s a lot of sad sincerity in the lyrics,” says Stokes, “That relies on the music having a light heart and sense of humor to keep it from being too earnest.”

Channeling their stew of personal-canon heroes while drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Alvvays and Courtney Barnett, The Beths serve up deeply emotional lyrics packaged within heavenly sounds that delight in probing the limits of the pop form.

“That’s another New Zealand thing,” Stokes concludes with a laugh. “We’re putting our hearts on our sleeves-and then apologizing for it.”

The result is nothing less than one of the standout records of 2018, who’s title single has made the venerable 2018 Silver Scroll’s long list.

The band will be joined on all dates by Wellington’s Hans Pucket.

The Chills ‘Snow Bound Tour’ w/ Finn Andrews

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Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm

Radio Hauraki, Wakachangi and Under The Radar Presents:

The Chills – “Snow Bound Tour” with support from: Finn Andrews (The Veils)

The Chills announce, Snow Bound, their new studio album due out on September 14th.

Consolidating the album out upon the peaks and troughs of New Zealand’s wondrous land and soundscapes, The Chills set off again on an extensive national tour. With main centres, and some smaller towns they missed on the last run, included in the 14 dates.

The band will be joined by a cast of very special guests to open the shows, including solo sets from local hero/heroines Finn Andrews (The Veils), Tiny Ruins, Reb Fountain, and renowned American blues troubadour, Steve Gunn for the Waiheke and Whangarei shows.

Bailterspace

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Doors: 7:30pm- Show time: 8:30pm

THE OTHERS WAY PRESENTS BAILTERSPACE LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND SEPTEMBER, 2018

Once described as “The Sonic Youth of the Southern Hemisphere”, space-rock contortionists Bailterspace have been mining tortured noise and repetitive melody for the better part of 30 years.

Direct from New York, Bailterspace have announced three rare NZ shows, following their upcoming appearance at The Others Way Festival on August 31. The band will perform in Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin from September 13-15.

Over the past three decades, Bailterspace has mobilised recording technologies to capture a sonic collision of atmospheric noise rock, producing what Pitchfork once coined, “a huge mess of sound that’s simultaneously beautiful, jagged, atonal, and supremely melodic”.

Born out of the electrifying post-punk band The Gordons, they formed in New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, featuring Alister Parker (guitar, bass), John Halvorsen (bass, guitar) and Brent McLachlan (drums/percussion, samples) – the original line up of The Gordons.

From Nelsh Bailter Space came Bailterspace, with Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen at the core, joined for a spell by Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Ross Humphries (The Terminals, the Pin Group). Early albums Tanker and Thermos were released via Flying Nun Records before the band relocated to the US and co-signed with Matador Records, releasing the innovative albums Robot World, Vortura, and Wammo. This was followed by the albums Capsul and Solar.3 in the late 1990s. In 2004 Flying Nun released a retrospective Bailterspace compilation and the band emerged from a hiatus in 2012 with a highly acclaimed comeback album Strobosphere and Trinine the following year.

Whether you’re a fan of their debut efforts, the seminal 90’s era, renascent releases, or the whole catalogue – this is a rare opportunity to see Bailterspace perform live. Featuring the original line up of Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen, this legendary three-piece return with their veritable wall of symphonic exploration, punctuated by Orwellian themes of spiritual drought and cultural decay.

Featuring support from hypnotic power-trio, WAX CHATTELS.

Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer (USA)

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Jake Blount and Libby Weitnauer music are embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand to share the fiddle and banjo music of Black and Native American communities and explore their mutual fascination with rhythm and resonance.

Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjo player and scholar based in Ithaca, New York. He has performed and recorded with acclaimed fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves and award-winning old-time string band The Moose Whisperers, in addition to having served as a guest lecturer at numerous museums and universities. In 2018, he opened a series of shows for GRAMMY-winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens. He centers and venerates his racial and ethnic heritage through his approach to music and its history.

Fiddler and singer Libby Weitnauer has degrees in classical violin performance from DePaul University and New York University, but finds her voice in the traditional music of Appalachia. She has performed in a wide range of venues and concert halls, most recently the Smithsonian National Museum of American History after a summer of research and music-making under the supervision of Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons.

The Adults ‘Haja’ Tour

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Blue Smoke open from: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm

In the fizz of releasing their joyous sophomore album “HAJA” (out 20 July), Jon Toogood’s THE ADULTS now announce three live performances across Aotearoa in September.

With a fluid cast of collaborators helmed by Shihad frontman Toogood, this live incarnation of THE ADULTS includes electric-blue witch hop pioneer Estere (who features on the album’s first single, ‘Bloodlines’), hip hop artist / rapper Raiza Biza (who’s found on the second single ‘Boomtown’ & album cut ‘That Gold’), drummer Ben Would of Trinity Roots and jazzy guitarist / vocalist Emily C. Browning.

Writing “HAJA” Toogood was inspired by the Sudanese folk music Aghani-Al-Banat performed exclusively by women, which he first encountered at his wedding in Khartoum.

The Goldonies & The Swan Sisters

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Blue Smoke open: 7:00pm – Show time: 8:30pm.

The Goldonies and The Swan Sisters are joining forces for a magical night of music at Blue Smoke.

The Goldonies have been winning over audiences with their mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics performed with high energy and humour in the skiffle band setting. A typical set list will usually find the boys tipping their hats to the three B’s of rock ‘n’ roll – Buddy, Berry and Beatles, as well as numerous other classics from the 1950’s and 60’s.

The Swan Sisters are Amiria Grenell and Amy Grace. They sing heart filled songs throughout Aotearoa, including WOMAD music festival 2017, The NZ Cider festival 2017 and Nostalgia festival 2018. Amiria and Amy have been writing music together for many years. Their sound is a delicate blend of styles: alt. folk with beautiful harmonies, a touch of country & a dash of dreamy pop. These songbirds encapsulate their friendship and joy of storytelling with an uplifting, acoustic music set leaving their audiences smiling and singing along.

Sauvalanche Presents: Spring Market Day at Blue Smoke

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Blue Smoke open from: 11:00am – Show Time: 4:00pm

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Cassels & Sons are celebrating Spring with a new beer and a festive Market Day at the Woolston Tannery.

Blue Smoke will be open from 11am, with fine fare and live music on offer throughout the afternoon.

Try the Cassels’ new Sauvin hopped, aromatic Sauvalanche beer and enjoy the Middle-Eastern infused World music of Mukhlisa.

Our chef Michael Maguire has prepared a Middle-Eastern inspired feast which he’ll be serving out of our beautiful AGA kitchen. Make sure to reserve a table, we’re taking dinner bookings from 5pm onward for our evening meal. View our market day menu below.

Cassels & Sons will be also running tasting sessions at Blue Smoke on Market Day, ​try our full range of craft beer and take home a Father’s Day 6-pack or Cassels & Sons tee for your dad.

Mukhlisa will perform from 4pm to 6pm and we’ll be asking for koha donations from 3pm onward.

Mukhlisa is a World Music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with Middle-Eastern percussion instruments.

Tim Sellars is a drummer/percussionist who graduated from Canterbury University Jazz School with honours. His studies led him to examine the rhythms and tunes of middle eastern music and he put together ‘Mukhlisa’ to further these explorations.

“Watching Tim Sellars on percussion is eye-opening as he coaxes so many complex rhythms and sounds from his array of percussion instruments, that it beggars belief.”

Mukhlisa is; Tim Sellars (riq, darbuka, frame drum, cajon), Tamara Smith (flute), Brad Kang (guitar), Michael Story (Upright bass).

SPRING MARKET DAY LUNCH MENU – $10 per sandwich

. Hot sticky lamb roll with minted yoghurt, hummus, rocket
. Hummus, roasted mushroom, halloumi and rocket

We recommend that you reserve a table if you would like to have dinner with the music. We will have the full brewery menu available.

Marlin’s Dreaming

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Marlin’s Dreaming are hitting roads, planes, and drums this August-September to share the release of some new music.

Described by Pigeons & Planes as “an exciting young band making bright, mesmerizing rock music” Marlin’s Dreaming stepped onto the scene in October of 2017, releasing their debut album, ‘Lizard Tears’, which was able to capture the ears of a few men and woman around the world.

With light-hearted, jingly jangly guitars and soft, clear vocals, ‘Lizard Tears’ served up a collection of songs that will fit into just about any part of your Sunday schedule.

However, this winter, Marlin’s Dreaming are excited to announce the release of ‘Talk on / Commic”, a 6 song EP which exposes a new, darker side of the band.

A Soul Salute to Van Morrison

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Bad Gin Sanctuary brings to you,

A night of soul salutation to the Irish Knight himself, Van Morrison.

The Soul Mates will perform songs from albums; Astral Weeks, Moondance, Tupelo Honey, Saint Dominic’s Preview, Veedon Fleece and more,

with support from special guests; Ryan Fisherman, Chloe Langley, Brendan Gregg and Carmel Courtney!

JULIA DEANS ‘WE LIGHT FIRE’ ALBUM RELEASE

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Julia Deans is proud to announce a special nationwide tour in celebration of the release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘We Light Fire’.

Inspired by world events, friends, and family, We Light Fire is an album that examines both what it means to be human, and our spectrum of strength and vulnerability.

This is a singer/songwriter at the height of their craft.

★★★★ 1/2 Sunday Star Times

Yep, she can sing, and when she soars it’s a spine-tingling thing because it’s all real. ★★★★ Metro

Julia Deans boasts one of the best falsettos in New Zealand. Her razor-sharp voice is intoxicating from the moment it chimes in.

★★★★ NZ Herald

Following her recent support slots on Marlon Williams’ sold out nationwide tour, this will be the first time audiences around New Zealand will see Julia perform her own headline tour with a full band in over seven years.

But it will be a tour like no other.

The music industry worldwide has recently come into the spotlight over its long term issues regarding gender disparity. The disturbing figures¦ show a lack of female representation in all areas of the industry, but especially in the live arena. The percentage of women artists and female fronted bands in festival line ups, or as support artists on tours, are minimal.

A light has been shone on the gender disparity conversation and it has inspired Julia to utilise her We Light Fire tour as a platform to create opportunities for females in New Zealand, and so all of the support artists on her tour will be locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.

The team behind the tour are also predominantly women – booking agent, promoter, publicist, and the majority of Julia’s band and touring crew.

Of the We Light Fire tour Julia says “Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”

Mukhlisa at the Spring Market Day

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Come along to Blue Smoke and see Mukhlisa perform at the Spring Market Day!

On September 1st we’re celebrating Spring at The Tannery Boutique Shopping, Dining & Arts Emporium with a festive Market Day.

We’ve lined up some world class live entertainment in Blue Smoke from 4pm. There’ll also be records on the turn table and fine seasonal fare on offer throughout the day.

We’ll be open from 11am til late in the evening and taking ‘koha’ donations for our musicians from 3pm onward.

Mukhlisa is a World Music group that blends Western instruments and Jazz harmony with the Middle-Eastern percussion instruments.

Tim Sellars is a drummer/percussionist who graduated from Canterbury University Jazz School with honours. His studies led him to examine the rhythms and tunes of middle eastern music and he put together ‘Mukhlisa’ to further these explorations.

“Watching Tim Sellars on percussion is eye-opening as he coaxes so many complex rhythms and sounds from his array of percussion instruments, that it beggars belief.”

Mukhlisa is; Tim Sellars (riq, darbuka, frame drum, cajon), Tamara Smith (flute), Brad Kang (guitar), Michael Story (Upright bass)

Mukhlisa was first showcased at Christchurch’s New Music Collective “World of Jazz” night in 2012. Since then, they have featured in other NMC events, various Jazz and Blues festivals in Christchurch, and have played at both the CJC and WJC in Auckland and Wellington.

They released their first studio album, “The Puzzle”, at the 2017 International Jazz and Blues festival in Christchurch.

Listen to “The Puzzle” here: https://timsellarspresentsmukhlisa.bandcamp.com/album/the-puzzle

Jon Toogood Live & Acoustic

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Jon Toogood detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound unplugged, and unrobed.

Delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, plus a very different styled delivery of a selection of Shihad material.

A showcase that promises to singe the unspoken law of “What goes on tour, stays on tour” in-between playing a couple of sets, Jon likes to share some of his larger than life musical life.

Jon Toogood, unplugged, playing solo. A couple of hours of songs and a lot to say.

Jed Parsons ‘Midnight Feast’ Album Release

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Jed Parsons is hitting the road to celebrate the release of his upcoming debut album MIDNIGHT FEAST, which is out on July 13.

Presented by Undertheradar, Parsons will tour with his full band, which includes Jonty O’Connor on drums; Moses Robbins on bass guitar and Tom Harris on keyboards.

The shows follow an action-packed few months for the Kiwi singer-songwriter who burst onto the local scene in January with the debut single from his upcoming album, ‘Get Lost’.

Described as a “tasty pop morsel” by music blog 13th Floor and “a heck of an introduction by www.music.net.nz ‘Get Lost’ debuted on Apple’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlist, was added at Hauraki and the bNets and helped to secure Parsons a slot at this year’s Auckland City Limits Festival. He then followed it up with the release of another gem from the upcoming album, ‘Everybody’s Stupid’ which received love from Hauraki and the bNets. The song’s video premiered on Tone Deaf in Australia.

“If you’re a fan of upbeat indie-pop, then you might already be aware of Kiwi muso Jed Parsons. But if not, he’s undoubtedly about to become one of your new favourite artists…” – Tone Deaf

‘Time’, the next single from MIDNIGHT FEAST, will be released on June 15, paving the way for what is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Kiwi albums of 2018, and a tour that’s not-to-be-missed!

The Butlers – Great wide New Zealand World Tour

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From the depths of the cold South Island surf rises an exciting, young, milky 5 piece rock band.

Formed from a mutual love for Rum, Gin and Ballads about no good Girls, they’re quickly gaining the right sort of attention around the musical globe.

2018 has been a huge leap forward for The Butlers, with sold out shows everywhere, ep releases , a nationwide tour about to kick off and a very exciting new album brewing up in a backroom.

Raise Tūmanako with The Eastern & Holly Arrowsmith

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Come join us as we launch the Pledgeme campaign for Tūmanako Wellness Centre, an innovative, new treatment facility for mental health in New Zealand.

We know it’s cold outside but we have a special evening planned for this special project, so brave winter and join us at Blue Smoke for music, mingling, and inspiration.

The Eastern and Holly Arrowsmith will be playing a concert to help celebrate the launch of Tūmanako’s PledgeMe campaign.

From July 12 – August 8th, they’ll be raising $200,000 in order to help secure land, to advance design work on the building, progress the design of the operating model, get the Tūmanako Wellness Centre project investment-ready and pay the dedicated team of development, legal, corporate, investment and communications people so that they can continue to work to make this happen. They’re all working for free right now.

The concept is modeled around successful international models. This facility will be a world-class, best-practice, cutting-edge, green, sustainable mental health and psychiatric centre, providing exemplary clinical and complementary care alongside high-tech innovations to reach more people. Tūmanako will also be a centre of research, knowledge production and community education. They’ll use ‘healing architecture’ and evidence-based facility design in conjunction with holistic operating model to create a facility unlike any other in Christchurch – for better patient outcomes.

Come support, or spread the word!

$200,000

Join us.

Dave Dobbyn & Band

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After relishing an intimate performance at Auckland’s Golden Dawn, Dave Dobbyn & his rhythm section (Ross Burge and Jo Barus) will take their power three-piece show to Napier, Dunedin, Christchurch & Queenstown this July.

Dobbyn has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives, with a string of hits including ‘Beside You’, ‘Be Mine Tonight’ ‘Language’, ‘Outlook for Thursday’, ‘Loyal’, ‘Whaling’, ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘It Dawned On Me’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Devil You Know’, ‘Slice of Heaven’, ‘Magic What She Do’, ‘Oughta Be in Love’ , ‘Welcome Home’.… Thus he is a New Zealand music icon, heavy weight and one of our most loved songwriters.

Dave Dobbyn and his band will be ably supported by Christchurch’s own Adam McGrath of The Eastern.

Higher & Higher – Fundraising Concert

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Bad Gin Sanctuary presents: “Higher & Higher”

A Soul-powered, four on the floor, belly shaking heart beating, uplifter of a Fundraising concert!

We’re throwing a good old-fashioned dance party to raise money for the Wishing Stone Trust, an organisation dedicated to supporting families and individuals in need of mental health care and resources.

Christchurch’s very own syncopated summoners of Motown, Funk and Soul music, Soul Mates will perform classic’s by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sam Cook, Nina Simone and so much more throughout the evening.

They’ll be joined by guest singers Emma Cameron (Decades), Anthea Struthers (Bella Donna & Runaround Sue), Jess Shanks (THE EASTERN).

But wait that’s not all! Nick Mohi Comedy, everybody’s favourite comedian will entertain us with intermittent, stand up and hilarity.

Good food, high kicks and cool licks all night long.

Blue Smoke will be open from 7:30pm, showtime at 8:30pm. Get in touch today to book a table for you pre-show meal in our AGA kitchen Diner.

Steiner School Variety Show

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The Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School are putting on a variety show at Blue Smoke.

Ticket price includes bubbles and nibbles.

You will hear the brilliant and talented senior Music and Drama students perform a range of repertoire ranging from rock bands to dramatic pieces, chamber music and possibly even a sneak peek of what is to come in July for this year’s musical.

This exciting evening of sound, food and networking will raise funds for the IT Dept at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School. Come along, sip a complementary glass of bubbles and celebrate our special school!

Jordan Luck Band – Winter Tour

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JORDAN LUCK BAND ANNOUNCE WINTER TOUR 2018.

Kiwi icon’s The Jordan Luck Band announce the 18 date ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ NZ Winter Tour 2018, trekking across the country from Friday May 18th to Saturday August 4th.

Jordan Luck is the lead singer and songwriter for the New Zealand rock band The Exponents. The Exponents, had a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, and Victoria was recently voted by public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time. At the 2007 APRA Silver Scroll Awards on 18 September, Jordan Luck was named as the first inductee to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

The Jordan Luck Band NZ Winter Tour 2018 will feature all the crowd favourites; from Why Does Love Do This To Me to I’ll Say Goodbye, Who Loves Who The Most to Victoria, Sink Like A Stone to Whatever Happened to Tracey’….and many more.

Tour support comes from Ekko Park. Following notable European success, including their first Italian tour in 2017, the Auckland foursome have just finished recording their highly anticipated 3rd album.

Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox Tour

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Joshua Hedley Returns to New Zealand

Mr. Jukebox Tour

The Tuning Fork is delighted to announce the return of rising country star, Joshua Hedley to Aotearoa. Joshua’s fourth NZ visit and his first headline show with full band follows the release of his highly anticipated debut album ‘Mr. Jukebox’ via Jack White’s Third Man Records.

Hedley’s got a voice that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like a Sixties gem straight from Billy Sherrill’s lost 1960s archives… — Rolling Stone

New Zealand folk artist, Reb Fountain has been announced as opening act for Joshua Hedley’s Mr Jukebox tour in Auckland and Christchurch this July.

Fountain recently won double at the NZ Country Music Awards taking home the 2018 APRA Best Country Music Song for ‘Hopeful/Hopeless’ and the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist Tui for the EP of the same name.

For years, Joshua Hedley has been making a name for himself as Nashville’s right hand man. Known as the “mayor of lower Broadway” by collaborators and comrades, Hedley is a fixture at Robert’s Western World, where he plays for tips with his band the Hedliners. The multi-talented singer-songwriter has played fiddle with Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Now Music City’s favorite son is breaking out on his own.

WATCH: Mr Jukebox video here

The Miltones ‘Disappear’ Single Release Tour

The Miltones will return to Blue Smoke this June for the release of their highly-anticipated new single “Disappear”.

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Support from Emily Fairlight

This is the bands first new song since releasing their award-winning self titled debut album.

Praised as the “freshest sound in New Zealand popular music right now” (New Zealand Herald) the band was recognised at the Taite Music Awards last month where they received the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Album award.

“Disappear” is a soulful ballad that “tells a tale of the being caught in the same monotony of a loveless relationship,” says Milly Tabak, lead singer. “If you’ve ever been in a place where you’ve wanted change but felt stuck, you will relate.”

 

Monty Bevins Lovers Again Tour

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The Lovers Again Tour finale live at Blue Smoke! Primed from seven shows in nine days, Monty Bevins & Fraser Ross will complete their run of South Island shows to cap off the 13 date nationwide ‘Lovers Again Tour.

“Lovers Again was a song I wrote about on an older couple I met in Arthurs Pass whose three girls have all since moved out into the world. Mum and Dad left at home in a big house. I went round to see them the day they were moving south to a smaller place, pointing to the spot on the floor their eldest daughter had taken her first steps, and the etched height markings in the door frame…” -Monty Bevins

Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories, Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland. With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure. Perpetually touring (at a pace that allows encounter) Monty draws inspiration from the stories of the people he meets.

Monty will be joined for this show by eccentric-folk musician Fraser Ross, described by Capital Times as ‘New Zealand’s best kept musical secret’. No stranger to touring himself, Fraser will be launching a single of his own called ‘Marseille’ from his upcoming album ‘Life is Magic, Where is my Rabbit?’, due to be released in July, 2018 through Home Alone Music.

Adam McGrath (From The Eastern Solo)

Adam McGrath is road testing a raft of new songs this winter, catch him at Blue Smoke on June 2nd with support from Foxtrots.

Described as “two parts Woody Guthrie, one part revival meeting and one part group hug” a McGrath show goes straight for the spirit level in all of us. Looking deep for the heart and hoping to reach the thinking part of the brain all the while strumming his three chords like his life depended on it. Which of course it does, as of course it should.

His songs have gathered a clutch of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he’s been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll).

Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth”.

“NZ’s toughest minded songwriter”-Graeme Reid

“One of the best modern roots artists, from any country”-No Depression magazine

“A national treasure”-Radio NZ National

With THE EASTERN and solo he has shared stages with and opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Paul Kelly, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes and many more. But he takes the most pride in getting up and putting it down, in both small towns and big, choosing real gigs over showcases and the joy of shaking hands and sharing beers with the folks met along the way.

A people’s player, he works his ass off for any audience he finds himself in front of. Through, yarns, ballads and barnstormers, he goes looking most nights of the year for that deep well of magic that threads through the humble folk song.

Jazz Jam with Sumo Jazz

THE CAVELL LEITCH NZ INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTS: JAZZ JAM WITH SUMO JAZZ

To celebrate the end of another great festival, this after-party jam will be a highlight of the week. Sumo Jazz take the reigns as house band and will be joined, throughout the night, by many of the local, national and international musicians who played at the festival. The perfect end to a perfect week of jazz and blues in the city.

Soul Train at the Chch International Jazz & Blues Festival

Bringing the funk and the soul, Bad Gin Sanctuary presents Soul Train, a show that marries together two bands and a DJ, Junco Partner, Carmelita Toots and Soul Mates, for an evening that’s all about the music and groove of 1972. Expect high kicks, smooth licks and a guaranteed good time!

Featuring: Elmore Jones (guitar), Liam Quinn (bass), Jak Harris (drums), Matt Davis (alto saxophone), Rachel Travaille (tenor saxophone), Greg Knowles (trumpet) and your frontman, Adam Hattaway (vocals).

Darren Watson

THE CAVELL LEITCH NZ INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTS: DARREN WATSON | TOO MANY MILLIONAIRES LP RELEASE SHOW

Gaining a reputation as the nation’s most original, contemporary blues voice in the 90s, after his earlier fame with the Chicago Smoke Shop, Darren Watson plays an intimate acoustic guitar session for the launch of his latest recording Too Many Millionaires.

“Darren Watson is New Zealand’s finest practitioner of the blues – a singer and guitarist who can give you goosebumps with the passion and intensity of his playing. He’s also an original songwriter of rare skill and imagination.” Nick Bollinger | Radio New Zealand

Fantine with Oval Office

HE CAVELL LEITCH NZ INTERNATIONAL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTS: FANTINE WITH OVAL OFFICE

Sensational singer of Russian and Dominican descent, Australian-based Fantine, has a musical style that is all her own. Described as a performer who fuses jazz, indie and electro soul, with a ‘swampy yet sultry’ voice, Fantine has captivated audiences the world over. In this concert, she joins renowned funk, soul, jazz, blues powerhouse Oval Office for a night of hard hitting grooves, explosive horn lines, enticing, soulful vocals and pure raw energy.

Richard Pickard (bass), Andy Genge (guitar), Gwyn Reynolds (saxophone), Daniel Kennedy (drums),

Darren Pickering (keyboards), Scott Taitoko (trombone) and Fantine (vocals).

Corduroy Cape Mixtape – Being, Soaked Oats, Ha The Unclear (Dunedin)

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Being, Soaked Oats and Ha the Unclear will celebrate their new split release Corduroy Cape: A Persnickety Mixtape with a circus in May across four dates in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

The Corduroy Cape Mixtape is a peep into each band’s sock drawer, lint filter and vacuum bag. A potpourri of songs from New Zealand indie bands Being., Soaked Oats, and Ha the Unclear containing covers, unreleased material and special demo cuts, a whiff of the familiar and a niff of new noises. It is pop-hearted and indie-scum, hard cheese and the morning muesli, all glued together with a collegial spirit and a like-minded lilt.

The seed for the split was sown during an overzealous post-show conversation when everybody involved shared a bill at Auckland’s Whammy Bar. Composed mostly of hand gestures, yelling and disproportionate body language it was ordained and somehow communicated that said split release should contain both a cover (LCD Soundsystem, Best Coast, Split Enz) and an original from each band. The Corduroy Cape Mixtape was conceived.

Zulu Love (South Africa)

Direct from South Africa, the incredible voices of ZULU LOVE return to New Zealand in Autumn 2018.

Come for a pre-show meal! We believe great music should be paired with hearty soul food so in addition to our normal Blue Smoke concert menu we’ve decided to serve a SEASONAL ROAST MEAL from our beautiful AGA kitchen. 5pm onward..

Blue Smoke open from: 3:00pm
Serving AGA Roast from: 5:00pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Show Time: 7:30pm

“As soon as people saw them, they were bowled over by their incredible talent, infectious enthusiasm and pure joy” – Nelson Mail

Zulu Love is a group of amazing musicians based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The singers are truly world class and have sung at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They have also starred in global touring productions of major South African musicals such as Stimela the Musical and Spirit and Bones.

Their unique ‘Isicathamiya’ singing style – a type of African acapella music – shot to world-wide fame largely thanks to Paul Simon, who collaborated with the Durban based group Ladysmith Black Mambazo on his 1986 Graceland album. LBM then went on to carve out a highly-successful international career winning numerous Grammy Awards.

Isicathamiya is a Zulu word that translates as ‘in a stalking way’ or ‘cat like’. The singing technique that takes its name was born in the South African mines at the turn of the 20th Century when Zulu workers living in hostels or all-male dorms would secretly sing to each other in low voices. Post-apartheid, it is now sung loudly and proudly and focuses on achieving perfect rhythm and harmony between the singers.

Don’t miss the return of this incredible music and musicianship from South Africa. Come and celebrate the soaring voices of Zulu Love at the Blue Smoke.

STAR WARS BALL

The Christchurch Faerie Circle Presents: The Star Wars Ball – An elaborate dress up party with a live band and prizes!

Prizes ( $50 Prezzy Cards)

Most Creative Stormtrooper

Best Princess Leia

Best Dancer

Best Light Saber (points for creativeness)

Best Droid

Dillastrate, The Settlers & The Response

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Dillastrate team up with The Settlers and The Response to triple headline at Blue Smoke on May the 4th for Music Month. The three bands have just come off a massive run of shows including Northern Bass, Electric Avenue and touring with the likes of Home Brew. This show is not to be missed as it will be action packed and high energy. All bands have new music to showcase and tickets are cheap so get in quick!

DILLASTRATE just can’t sit still. Driven by a passion inspired by the life and works of J Dilla, they’ve toured New Zealand a staggering four times in their 14-month existence, tackling staple music festival stages including Northern Bass and Electric Avenue. Born in the dirty south of Aotearoa, the duo’s previous collaborative efforts have included ahoribuzz and Soulsystem, as well as individual engagements with an intimidating host of national and international acts.

Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that make up New Zealand based indie-pop act, THE RESPONSE. Their dynamic live show has allowed the duo to share the stagewith such acts as Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Deep Sea Diver (Seattle), Big Scary (Australia) and Kate Boy (Sweden).

After releasing their third full length album ‘North of Nowhere’ in 2014 the pair packed a suit case and headed for Canada where they released a number of singles including ‘You Wanted to Go’ and ‘Hours’. Now back in New Zealand, The Response are excited to announce the release of their new EP on November 17. The ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ EP has been produced independently, with all duties undertaken by the resourceful pair.

Nomad – Can You Feel It? Tour

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Nomad’s signature lush vocal layers, heady harmonies and infectious, indie-pop hooks have been winning over unsuspecting live audiences and on April 6 they release their debut studio album, ‘Can You Feel It?’.

Recorded as 19-year-olds, Producer Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Pop Strangers) describes it as a “process of discovery”.

To celebrate the release they have announced a string of shows to follow their appearance at Homegrown 2018. They will return to Christchurch’s Blue Smoke on April 28.

Auckland’s Alae will be joining them as special guests.

Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski formed nomad at school and their very different musical tastes collide to shape their alt-pop sound.

“They were looking for their individual voices and also a combined musical identity” says Healy. “This shared musical world is most audible in the harmonies, a communal voice comprised of Will’s deep baritone, Cullen’s midrange rasp and Aasha’s breathless falsetto.

But their shared language is also in the album’s ambition, in nomad’s desire to grow, and in the emotional rawness and honesty”.

The album features songs from each of the members and two written with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins), was recorded and mixed by Healy at his studio and mastered by Jared Hirschland.

nomad made their mark on the New Zealand charts with the undeniably catchy singles ‘Oh My My’ (gold sales and a nomination for Best Newcomers at the Music Awards) and ‘Love Will Call’.

DZ DEATHRAYS ‘BLOODY LOVELY’ TOUR

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Everybody’s favourite thrash-party rockers DZ Deathrays are celebrating the launch of their new record ‘Bloody Lovely’ by touring Australia and New Zealand in April/ May 2018. Joining them on the road in New Zealand will be three of the most up and coming bands of the moment; Wax Chattels (AKL), BEST BETS (CHC) and Hans Pucket (WLG).

The record saw the band go back to their roots to make a strong, good old fashioned party rock record that still displays just how much their songwriting has developed since their two previous ARIA-Award winning records.

Eb & Sparrow – Seeing Things Album Release

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“Ebony Lamb’s standing as one of the country’s coolest, most sultry voices” The Listener

Supreme sweethearts of New Zealand alt-country, Eb & Sparrow bring their highly anticipated third record SEEING THINGS on tour throughout New Zealand with curated visual installation – Don’t miss this special one of a kind show folks!

“This is the sound of your new favourite band” Simon Sweetman, Off The Tracks.

On the back of their previous release Sun/Son (2015, Country Music Award Finalists for album & song 2016) Eb & Sparrow have gained national recognition and have become renowned for their self-carved niche and unique musical style in the ever- widening scope that is New Zealand Americana.

Seeing Things is written by front-woman Ebony Lamb and arranged by Eb & Sparrow, recorded in the historic homestead Ahiaruhe, in the heart of the Wairarapa January 2017, with Tui award winning producer and sound engineer Brett Stanton (NZ/Melbourne) who co-produced with the band. Utilising vintage recording equipment and instruments in the large wooden building to take advantage of the lush textures and presence, the band has pulled out all the stops.

The rhythm section, consists of new drummer Justin Barr (Golden Awesome) Chris Winter on bass, keys & trumpet, Ebony Lamb on electric guitar Gram Antler on electric guitar and bass & Bryn Heveldt on lapsteel.

James Kenyon

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James Kenyon is a Victorian singer-songwriter and composer. He has established himself as one Australia’s new wave of songwriters and performs regularly in Australia and internationally at both festivals and on extended tours.

Following up his critically acclaimed 2012 debut album ‘The North Pole’, Kenyon spent over 2 years crafting his sophomore release ‘Imagine you are Driving’, which was released through Little Lake and MGM records on October 7, 2016. Kenyon has been touring nationally to critical acclaim and the album appeared in numerous 2016 ‘best of’ lists including Radio National’s Inside Sleeve and Timber and Steel.

In the last 18 months, Kenyon has completed a 10 date tour of the UK and Europe, a 20 date tour of New Zealand and 3 tours of Australia, including 27 date tour single launch tour in November 2017, and been included in the Contemporary Music Program for the Melbourne Festival.

As a composer, Kenyon most recently collaborated with Nick Huggins to create the soundtrack for the New Zealand Feature film ‘The Inland Road’, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017.

“Australia’s most underrated Songwriter” Gareth Evans, Timber and Steel

“Exploring the creative potential of soundscape in songwriting, he places the listener in the landscapes he depicts with sensitive artistry. A meditative, authentic journey that is genuinely in tune with its subject.” Jessie Cunniffe. Sydney Morning Herald – Four Stars

“What a great Songwriter..it’s not hyperbole to suggest he follows in the footsteps of Paul Kelly and Don Walker” PaulGough, The Inside Sleeve, ABC Radio

National “What a beautiful songwriter” Nkechi Anele, Triple J

MARK WILKINSON

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After a huge year that saw the Sydney singer-songwriter release his self-produced EP “Lost in a Dream” and stage some 100+ shows across the globe, Mark Wilkinson doesn’t look to slow down in 2018 as he unveils his much anticipated full length record “Wasted Hours” (out Feb 9) and returns to the road.

“He truly has a gift for poetic lyrics…There’s a glow of warm around him and a richness to his supreme voice, sending shivers down spines as he pulls you into the soul of him.”— Hazel Buckley, TheMusic.com.au

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of his powerful and moving live performances Blue Smoke, as he showcases songs from his new album alongside many familiar fan favourites.