Leading singer/songwriter fronts Queenstown charity gig


When the bill says ‘Barnaby Weir and Friends’ you know you’re in for a show. 

Lead singer/songwriter of The Black Seeds and rolling-collective Fly My Pretties, Weir is New Zealand’s king collaborator. 

The Wellingtonian frontman returns to Queenstown this weekend for a black-tie charity gig of all things. 

And he’s bringing a quality line-up for cocktail fundraiser Nocturnal in support of national icon the kiwi. 

“I’m very lucky to have lots of good talented muso friends,” Weir says. 

“I’ve put together a band for the night – mainly Fly My Pretties type people, one Black Seed and myself. 

“So there’s Iraia [Whakamore] on drums. He’s played in some Fly My Pretties and is also drummer for The Nudge, really cool band. 

“Nigel Patterson’s on keyboard – he’s playing bass left hand, a keyboard right hand, so he’ll be busy, two in one. He’s in The Black Seeds and also Fly My Pretties. Then there’s Kara Gordon, who was in the last Fly My Pretties at the Queenstown show.”
Gifted guitarist Gordon has been ripping it up in recent years – recognised as one of New Zealand’s top musicians with genre-
spanning guitar skills, a huge stage presence and rock in his soul. 

“We’ve been working together a bit recently, both in Fly My Pretties, and we’ve just done music for a documentary together about World War 1, The Berry Boys,” Weir says. 

Gordon will perform with Weir and his own set, backed by the same band. 

“We’ve got a couple of 45-minute sets – one’s music I’ve written, some Seeds’ tunes, Fly My Pretties, one from Tarot Card Rock and a cover, and the other’s Kara Gordon’s,” Weir says. 

Fur Patrol and The Adults singer Julia Deans is also on the bill, along with talented up-and-coming singer Estere. 

Weir heads off to Europe for a family wedding after the gig but is putting together new material and shows for The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties, with an Australian tour on the cards for Seeds. 

“Making some new material and new shows is a priority but in the meantime this will be a nice little trip for us – come together, support a charity and maybe have a night out in Queenstown,” Weir says. 

“It’s not something we usually do but we think the cause is a good one and it’s also come about through friends. 

“We’ll be dressed up a bit for sure – I think we can mix it up a little more than just black tie though, being musicians, but we’ll definitely be giving it our best there.” 

Barnaby Weir and Friends, Kara Gordon, Julia Deans and Estere play Nocturnal, Jack’s Point, on Saturday from 7pm to late. Tickets are $169 including transport.