Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons Announce New NZ Tour Dates

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Together in Concert – November 2017
**TWO MORE SHOWS ADDED**

Due to popular demand, two more Auckland shows have been added to Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons’ upcoming New Zealand tour.

With the first show sold out (The Vic – Nov 9) and the second selling fast (The Tuning Fork – Nov 10) this is a tour not to be missed! Secure your tickets to a heart-warming string of songs and swagger taking place across November in the depths of both North and South islands.

Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster (all Auckland shows) and Eventfinda (rest of NZ). A Ticketmaster pre-sale for the two extra shows starts 3pm today, with general sale from 9am Thursday.

ADDED DATES:
SAT 11TH NOV – THE VIC, DEVONPORT
THURS 23RD NOV – THE HOWICK CLUB, HOWICK

Full tour details available from:
plus1.co.nz, melparsons.com & gregjohnsonmusic.com

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons
Live in Concert:

Thurs 9 November: The Vic, Devonport (SOLD OUT)

Fri 10 November: The Tuning Fork, Auckland (SELLING FAST)

Sat 11 November: The Vic, Devonport *ADDED SHOW

Sun 12 November: St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki (matinee show)

Sun 12 November: Meow, Wellington

Wed 15 November: Sherwood, Queenstown

Thurs 16 November: The Cook, Dunedin

Fri 17 November: Blue Smoke, Christchurch

Sat 18 November: Naval Pt Yacht Club, Lyttleton

Thurs 23 November: The Howick Club, Howick *ADDED SHOW

Fri 24 November: Totara St, Mount Maunganui

Sat 25 November: Haumoana Hall, Hawkes Bay

Sun 26 November: Nivara Lounge, Hamilton

Tickets to Auckland & Devonport shows: ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets to all other shows: eventfinda.co.nz

For Mel, 2017 has been a busy year of touring New Zealand, Australia, and Europe in support of her highly acclaimed third album Drylands. She’s looking forward to wrapping up the year with this national tour – her first with Greg.

“We’re going to have great fun with each other’s songs. Touring around some of my favourite NZ venues on the cusp of summer with Greg and a great band – bring it on!”

“I met Mel when she opened for me in Queenstown in 2011,” says California-based Greg. “She impressed me a lot as a wonderful songwriter and since then she’s gone from strength to strength building an audience all around the world.

“I’m sure my crowd and her’s will cross over a fair bit, while the uninitiated are in for a great night of discovery”.

Greg’s forthcoming EP Low Frequency Word will be released ahead of the tour, and will be available on CD at all shows.

Expect plenty of songwriting gems from the pair responsible for the likes of ‘Save Yourself’, ‘Isabelle’, ‘Far Away’, ‘Don’t Wait Another Day’, ‘Get Out Alive’, ‘Now The Sun Is Out’, and many more!

Follow Mel Parsons online:
melparsons.com
facebook.com/melparsonsmusic
instagram.com/melparsonsmusic
youtube.com/user/MelParsonsOfficial
twitter.com/caperoad

Follow Greg Johnson online:
gregjohnsonmusic.com
facebook.com/GregJohnsonmusic

WOMAD ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2018 LINEUP

WOMAD 2018
LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

Image Credit: Amandala

Tonight, Wednesday October 18, at an esteemed event at The Grand Hall in Wellington’s Parliament Buildings, surrounded by international delegates and WOMAD advocates, WOMAD NZ announce the 2018 artist line-up.

The internationally established three day world music, arts and dance festival is known for its exciting and diverse line-up and next year’s event is no exception.

WOMAD NZ 2018 is a melting pot of folk, afro-funk, hip hop, classical, jazz and punk rock performed on violins, ouds, koras and squeeze boxes. With artists from countries as varied as Canada, Chile, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Mauritania delivering a blend of traditional and modern performances; expect diverse languages, cultures, harmonies and rhythms from the big names and to discover glorious artists you’ve never heard of.

Announced this evening are familiar festival favourites; the pioneer of bass-dominant, dub flavoured dance tunes, UK’s Adrian Sherwood, the heavy metal inspired acoustic guitar duo from Mexico, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Washington D.C. based DJ collective, the uniquely diverse dub inspired Thievery Corporation.

Over the weekend Brooklands Park will ring with sounds from Brazilian 10 piece, Bixiga 70 and their dizzying heights of progressive Afrobeat, Tinariwen’s scorching Mali desert blues and Havana Meets Kingston’s sound-clash of reggae, dub and dancehall with salsa and rumba.

Lebanon’s soulful classically trained Ghada Shbeir and Israel’s vocal hip hop star Victoria Hanna will deliver tales from ancient texts and stories of current social injustices. Chilean political-punk-poet Nano Stern and Ghanaian Jojo Abot who seamlessly blends electronica, indie-soul, reggae and hip hop will be part of a growing global conversation with audiences.

Always a highlight of WOMAD are the talents of local artists and 2018 looks to be one of the most exciting yet with the “toweringly talented song writer” Aldous Harding and Auckland city’s Hopetoun Brown, who will stomp and parp their way into audience hearts with nothing but brass, a bass clarinet, two sets of tambourines and tonsils. West Auckland newcomers, The Miltones will deliver some excellent knee slappin’, foot stompin’ and booty shakin’ and from Taranaki, The Slacks will bring home some classic kiwi messages of unity, aroha, and community.

Previously announced; Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar Kamasi Washington, the Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and classic Kiwi band Dragon complete the 29 exciting and eclectic artists from across the globe who will be performing at WOMAD 2018.

“WOMAD 2018 is a fantastic representation of World music of today and continues supporting diverse voices on stages. An incredible weekend of musical discovery with artists from around the globe.” – Emere Wano, WOMAD Event Director & NZ Programme Manager.

Artists appearing at WOMAD 2018 in alphabetical order:

ADRIAN SHERWOOD (UK), ALDOUS HARDING (Aotearoa), ANOUSHKA SHANKAR (India/UK), BIXIGA 70 (Brazil), CHICO TRUJILLO (Chile), CONSTANTINOPLE (Canada), DAYMÉ AROCENA (Cuba), DRAGON (Aotearoa), GHADA SHBEIR (Lebanon), HAVANA MEETS KINGSTON (Jamaica / Cuba), HOPETOUN BROWN (Aotearoa), JAMIE MCDOWELL & TOM THUM (Australia), JOJO ABOT (Ghana / USA), KAMASI WASHINGTON (USA), LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA (Canada), LE VENT DU NORD (Canada), MY BUBBA (Sweden/ Iceland), NANO STERN (Chile), NOURA MINT SEYMALI (Mauritania), PAT THOMAS & KWASHIBU AREA BAND (Ghana), RAHIM ALHAJ TRIO (Iraq), RODRIGO Y GABRIELA (Mexico), SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE (Australia), THE MILTONES (Aotearoa), THE SLACKS (Aotearoa), THIEVERY CORPORATION (USA), TINARIWEN (Mali), VICTORIA HANNA (Israel), VIOLONS BARBARES (France/Mongolia/Bulgaria) Continue reading

Kamasi Washington & Anoushka Shankar confirmed for WOMAD 2018

Two critically acclaimed and exciting artists have been secured for WOMAD New Zealand 2018.

Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar KAMASI WASHINGTON and Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso ANOUSHKA SHANKAR have signed on to be two of the headlining acts for the popular three day international music and dance festival. Continue reading

LANKUM ANNOUNCE NEW LP ‘BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY’

LANKUM
Between the Earth and Sky
Album Release Date: 27 October 2017

“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the edgiest thing in Dublin right now.

Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

27 October 2017 sees the release of the bands second album, and their first on the
Rough Trade label.

Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone.

ONLINE:

www.lankumdublin.com/

 

KING KRULE ANNOUNCES NEW LP AND SINGLE

KING KRULE
NEW LP “THE OOZ”

Released October 13th
on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds

shares new single & video
‘Dum Surfer’

Picture Credit: Frank Lebon

One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.

“The OOZ” is released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds, and can be pre-ordered HERE. It also comes preceded by the raucous new single “Dum Surfer” which can be pre-ordered HERE, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE (link). This autumn also sees Marshall hitting the road for a worldwide tour this autumn; for further details head to http://kingkrule.co.uk/live

Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.

Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say – but we need The OOZ in order to exist.

WATCH:’Dum Surfer’
(directed by Brother Willis)

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WOMAD WELCOMES ‘DRAGON’ TO 2018 LINE-UP

WOMAD NZ
16 -18 March 2018 

is thrilled to deliver its first artist announcement for WOMAD 2018, with the classic chart-topping Kiwi hitmakers;

DRAGON

Photo credit: Harry Hunter from entropico.com.au

Dragon who since forming in 1972, have produced a stack of rock anthems including April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Young Years, and Rain. Their WOMAD 2018 performance will be a homecoming of sorts as Dragon founding member Todd Hunter, and his late brother Marc, were born and raised in Waitara, Taranaki. The Hunter brothers spent many long summer days on holiday in New Plymouth at their Aunt’s place across the road from the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands; the home of WOMAD NZ for the past fourteen years.

Todd has advised WOMAD festival goers to be “prepared to sing your hearts out with a bunch of happy human beings”.

Emere Wano – Programme Manager, Event Director says “A legacy born out of hard work, these timeless Kiwi rockers will get you up air-guitaring and singing, and as one reviewer put it, ‘if they don’t then you need your pulse checked’.”

Dragon: ‘Rain’ – Live in Christchurch 2014

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WILLIAM EGGLESTON ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM “MUSIK”

FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM EGGLESTON ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, “MUSIK,” OUT OCTOBER 20TH ON SECRETLY CANADIAN

“Music of wild joy with freedom and bright, vivid colors.”David Lynch

Native Memphian William Eggleston, 77, who is widely regarded to be the most important photographer of the late 20th Century, has announced his debut record, Musik, produced by Numero Group co-founder Tom Lunt and due out October 20th via Secretly Canadian.

It was during Eggleston’s Sumner, Mississippi childhood, where he discovered the piano in the parlor that ignited in him a lifelong passion for music. It was a passion he carried forth his entire life, playing quite adeptly when a piano was handy: improvised turns on Bach, Handel, gospel, country, and popular selections from the Great American Songbook for friends and family. Though his travels found him rubbing elbows with Andy Warhol’s Factory superstars in New York, where he lived for several years with Viva at the Chelsea Hotel, and observing a music scene in Memphis that included Big Star’s Alex Chilton, and his old friend and owner of Ardent Studios, engineer Jon Fry, his own music went largely unheard by the general public.

In the 1980’s, Eggleston, who disdained digital cameras and modernity in general, became surprisingly fascinated with a synthesizer, the Korg OW/1 FD Pro, which had 88 piano-like keys, and in addition to being able to emulate the sound of any instrument, also contained a four-track sequencer that allowed him to expand the palette of his music, letting him create improvised symphonic pieces, stored on 49 floppy discs, encompassing some 60 hours of music from which this 13 track recording was assembled.

The music, which he refers to as “Musik”, adopting the German spelling of his hero, JS Bach, is highly emotional, whether he’s improvising a Bach-like organ fanfare out of whole cloth, using a Korg patch titled “guitar feedback” to create a dirge, or playing Lerner and Lowe’s “On The Street Where You Live” as a dramatic overture.

Eggleston lives today in a small apartment off Memphis’ Overton Park that he shares with a 9-foot Bosendorfer grand piano and an arsenal of ultra-high fidelity audio equipment, some of which was designed by his son, William Eggleston III. The synthesizer, alas, is broken and stubbornly refuses to be repaired, so for the purpose of this project another was purchased in order to be able to play back the floppy discs, which, along with a handful of DATs and other digital media, though frail, were digitized and mastered for this and future releases.

Mr. Eggleston often says that he feels that music is his first calling, as much a part of him, at least, as his photography. We take special pride in allowing the world to hear this side of a great artist who may now be rightly called a great musician.

Listen to William Eggleston’s “Untitled Improvisation FD 1.10” –

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GOING GLOBAL 2017 ANNOUNCES PANELS AND WORKSHOPS

Going Global 2017
Panels and Workshops
Announced!

Going Global 2017 welcomes its largest gathering and greatest assortment of international and New Zealand-based delegates to date, hosting 21 seminars and workshops over Sept. 1st & 2nd at the gorgeous Roundhead Studios.

Going Global 2017 brings to Auckland experts from Spotify, Paradigm Talent Agency, Bandcamp, 4AD, Sugaroo!, Secretly Canadian, BIGSOUND, Billboard, Subpop, ICHILE, Slate Entertainment, States of Sound
and so many more!!

Presenters from Chile, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States,Singapore, and New Zealand will speak on topics as diverse as touring, booking, public speaking, digital sales – crucial information and knowledge that will jump start an international career.

The full list of activities is available at goingglobal.co.nz. Coming soon is the Going Global Conference app, putting all the information about speakers, panels, venues, artists and hobnobbing activities in the palm of your hand. Available on 29th August for both Android and iPhone, you will find the information you need to make the most of the opportunities that Going Global is bringing to you! Continue reading

THE HUMAN LEAGUE LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND

THE HUMAN LEAGUE
Live in New Zealand
With special guests, Pseudo Echo
Tickets onsale at Ticketmaster from August 31st

40 years after forming, UK synth-pop pioneers The Human League are coming to our shores for their first ever New Zealand show this December at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre! The much-loved trio of Phil Oakey, Susan Ann Sulley & Joanne Catherall will be joined by special guests, Australian New Wave sensations Pseudo Echo for a special night of the hits.

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

Throughout the 80s, The Human League were a permanent fixture on the New Zealand album & single charts. They held 6 x New Zealand Top 20 singles with their well known hits ‘(Keep Feeling) Fascination’, ‘Human’, ‘Love Action’ & ‘Don’t You Want Me’. Their 1981 breakthrough album, Dare was a #1 hit on the NZ album chart, and remained there for 40 consecutive weeks helping them become firm nightclub favourites during an exciting time of musical change.

Formed in the English city of Sheffield in 1977, The Human League were early pioneers of the British synth-pop movement, earning street cred within the art-pop scene of the late 70s. They signed to Virgin Records in 1979, the same year David Bowie described them as “the sound of the future”, and he was bang on.

The group continued to innovate and expand with Sulley and Catherall joining the band at the end of 1980. They had a worldwide smash with their third album Dare, which contained four hit singles including ‘Don’t You Want Me’.

In a career spanning nine studio albums and 20 million album sales, their songs are still sampled and played across dance floors worldwide and their live reputation grows with each passing year.

Complete details about The Human League live in New Zealand at: plus1.co.nz

The Human League Live
with special guests, Pseudo Echo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland
Tickets on sale from August 31st at Ticketmaster.co.nz
Ticketmaster member pre-sales from August 29th

Proudly presented by Plus1 & The Breeze

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Official Website
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Find The Human League on Spotify / Apple Music