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It’s not widely known one of New Zealand’s finest old wooden schooners, built 101 years ago, lives on Lake Wakatipu. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to Lady Sterling’s owner, muso Noel Coutts, about how he acquired her and why he compares...

Going for it

By GUY WILLIAMS A band of talented youngsters who live with Tourette Syndrome are the headline act at a unique concert in Arrowtown tomorrow afternoon. The free ‘Neuro-Cool Music Concert’ at Arrowtown’s Athenaeum Hall features The Lunatics, a five-piece group of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An up-and-coming indie-pop muso from Arrowtown drops another single tomorrow. Sofia Machray, 21, a former Wakatipu High student who’s now based in Wellington, is releasing Milky Ways on streaming platforms including Spotify and YouTube. A video follows a few...

A mouse’s tale

By PHILIP CHANDLER For Queenstown muso Gemma Healy, her first children’s book, Bongo The Stowaway Mouse New Zealand, started as a song about Bongo the mouse. In the book, Bongo, having stowed on a plane that lands in NZ, undergoes various...

Back in the House

By GUY WILLIAMS Nick Seymour feels like he’s just come out of rehab. Although he’s never actually been in rehab, that’s how Crowded House’s bass guitarist feels about his fortnight’s spell in quarantine last month. Fresh off the plane from Ireland, where he’s...

Go big or go home

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Three days, 17 venues, 32 bands — all but one free. Arrow Sounds is back with a vengeance next month after an almost-too-successful debut last June. It’s the brainchild of The Fork and Tap owner Jeannie Crawford and Arrowtown muso...

Homecoming tour

By MATTHEW MCKEW There've been few things to feel upbeat about in 2020, but one Dunedin-based muso says his new album's got a cheerful vibe. Michael Morris has put the finishing touches to an album largely compiled in the garage of...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Teaching by Skype or Zoom became all the rage during lockdown this year. But for a Queenstown-based piano and vocal teacher, eight of whose local students perform in a recital this Sunday, that’s old hat. Chaz Barcenilla moved permanently...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A veteran Queenstown muso’s lending his voice to today’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Pike River Mine explosion that killed 29 workers. Singer-songwriter Noel Coutts is performing his song, 29 Ghosts, at Parliament, in Wellington, before...
By PHILIP CHANDLER New Zealand's most promising young pianist performs at Arrowtowner Sir Michael Hill’s Lodge at The Hills this coming Tuesday. Sylvia Jiang, 24, will be playing a fully-restored 1897 Steinway Concert Grand, with all proceeds going towards furthering her...
She’s shy, socially, but comes alive behind the mic, whether that’s as a TV or radio journalist, news reader or anchor or as a singer/guitarist in a band. A youthful-looking Leanne Malcolm talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about her illustrious broadcasting...

Battler joins the fray

By PHILIP CHANDLER A battle-hardened resort father of three preschoolers, living in a state house and surviving on ACC, wants your vote. Joel Rowlands, 35, is standing for The Opportunities Party (TOP) this election in the local Southland electorate as an advocate for...
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