So we are at NZ Music month again, and at GANZ we have as our Guest, Grant Wills and friends. An evening long anticipated. Grant has been on the road for the last few months, earning his living as a Kiwi musician and has very graciously agreed to give us a piece of his precious time.
Grant has always been a willing and supportive friend of GANZ and we are really appreciative of his enthusiasm for all things musical and particularly, Guitar.
Come and be entertained, enjoy some excellent guitar slinging from a player who is always the performer and goes the extra mile for his music.
See much more of Grant on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/grant.wills.14
As always, we open the night with open mic and this month on the list is a group of players keen to share some Pasifika guitar and harmonies, Fangufangu Minoa ‘O Tonga ( Minor Sound Nose-Flute Of Tonga ) is a newly-formed Tongan music group, aiming to critically revive and refine antique Tongan musical instruments and musical styles (Tongan & European acoustic instruments) — merging them with their European counterparts, with a special focus on the near extinct Tongan minor tone, the distinguishing mark of ancient Tongan music.
Fonua-Moe-Tala ‘O Tonga means culture and language of Tonga, with culture as the device for the composition of refined knowledge and skills and language as a vehicle for their communication in time and space.
Definitely worth getting in for as they blend traditional Tongan music with an appreciation of modern blues and rock and are reviving traditional instruments in a modern context.
Eric is off to Africa and before he goes, he has promised himself a stint at the open mic night.
This is it !! Come along any and all, bring a song or two and any friends if you have them and have a shot at performing in front of a small but supportive crowd. If you have more than 2 fingers on the fretting hand, you qualify as dextrous by Django standards. No excuses will do. ( Actually, any excuse will work to keep you off the stage )
The club Martin is available for those without guitar, if you need backing, we might be able to help,
See you, starts at 8.00pm and goes until we run out of steam.
On Saturday 28th March, Ryan Kershaw is hosting a seminar to help musicians and music organisations organise their contacts with organisations which can help them develop in the marketplace. I’m sure he would be pleased to hear from anyone expressing interest.
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A chance to see a great Kiwi musician up close, Graham will be performing as our guest for March, 18th at 8.00pm . Always an entertaining performer, relaxed and comfortable playing some of his classics and some of his new work.
Totally worth getting along and sharing an evening of fine local live music.
Anthony John Clarke – Singer songwriter – Entertainer extraordinaire
The Belfast Telegraph described him “A born comic and a keen observer of the idiosyncratic; Brilliantly original. Magnificent”.
Folk Group Fairport Convention claimed him as “…. a National Treasure” Irish musician Colum Sands describes him as “the real drop.”
The tributes come thick and fast, and there are plenty with 11 albums to his credit and a huge following overseas, this seasoned troubadour and
wordsmith has graced the world folk scene for 25 years yet still sees himself as an apprentice songwriter.
Clarke last played New Zealand two years ago, where he charmed and mesmerised audiences in clubs, cafés and festivals with his songs, antics, anecdotes and wit. His songs range from poignant laments that touch the heart and leave a lump in the throat to songs dealing with the lighter side of life, full of mischief and mirth. His songs often bring on laughter and knowing smiles, confirming his eye on our behaviour is never too far off the mark.
Anthony John Clarke is highly entertaining and enormously engaging.
His concerts leave audiences charmed, beguiled and calling for more.
Audiences leave his show with laughter in their hearts and smiles that can’t be dampened. They have a lightness of being.
An acknowledgement that they’ve seen a truly gifted artist.