Margaret O’Hanlon

Arrowtown band going places

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new Arrowtown alternative rock band comprising three uber-talented musos is hitting the road to see how far they’ll go. The Seaside Stranglers — frontman/bassist Sam Maxwell, 25, his brother, lead rhythm guitarist Tom, 32, and drummer Sam...

Whirlwind down memory lane

By PHILIP CHANDLER TEN years of original Wakatipu rock and roll musicals are being celebrated in a ‘best of’ show in Arrowtown next month. Resort impresario Margaret O’Hanlon’s Whirlwind Productions NZ has produced eight of these shows, premiering with a tribute to...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A choral number written for this weekend's RenewArt arts celebration in Queenstown reflects on the resort's cosmopolitan nature at this vexed time for the world. The song, being performed at Events Centre concerts tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown's arts community has received a timely funding boost. Central Lakes Trust has granted an extra $60,000 for 30 projects over the next 12 months. The money's been received by Creative Queenstown (CQ), which is calling for applications. CQ chair Margaret...

To Oz, with love

It's set to be one of the biggest Queenstown parties this summer, but the sentiment behind it's no cause for celebration. This Sunday the free Wakatipu Waiata for Australia's being held on Queenstown's Rec Ground, from 11am till 7pm, raising...
She's Queenstown's first lady of song. Margaret O'Hanlon, who this week won Kiwibank hero' award, pauses from her busy schedule to discuss her life in music, and the risks she takes, with Philip Chandler. It's 1989 as a pivotal moment in the life of...
There couldn't be a more appropriate entertainer for an upcoming Cancer Society fundraiser on Milford Sound than long-time Queenstown muso Nigel Hirst. Hirst – who'll perform, along with his wife Margaret O'Hanlon, on a Real Journeys overnight cruise on September...
Queenstowner Mark Wilson is singing off a new hymn sheet – his own. The talented local singer and pianist is working on his second album Branching Out In Faith. He’s been creating a bunch of new material which he’ll share at...
Talented Queenstown musician Margaret O'Hanlon says she was taunted into putting out her first album. O'Hanlon, who's releasing 11 original songs, formerly directed five Songstars shows, in which artists performed song covers in front of local audiences, who then judged...
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