Songstars

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...
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...
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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