Sherwood

By MATTHEW MCKEW So, you finish your album and it’s just a little short, what do you do? Maybe chuck on that sentimental ditty you wrote more for therapy than release, yeah, she’ll be right. Nearly a million hits later on Spotify...
By MARK PRICE Two Himalayan high-flyers will be guest speakers at tomorrow night's Rotary Club of Queenstown fundraising dinner and auction. One is mountaineer Peter Hillary, the well-known son of the late Sir Edmund Hillary who  was first to climb Mt...

Album honed by busking

By PHILIP CHANDLER An album released on Friday by a Queenstown ‘folktronica’ duo has been largely honed by feedback from busking on local streets. The duo, Choice — Claire Forrester, from Ireland, and Paul Marcham, from England — originally met in...

Showbiz’s one-night stand

By PHILIP CHANDLER Despite having to postpone its 2020 musical, Showbiz Queenstown’s still hitting the stage this year, just, with a one-off show this Friday. Showtunes at the Sherwood will feature songs and medleys from the musical theatre society’s annual shows...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH It's been a three-year ‘‘labour of love’’ but the doors to a new addition in an historic part of Arrowtown finally opened last week. Developers Scott Stevens and John Guthrie started physical work on a new development behind...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Writers Festival organisers have made an arresting choice of MC to interview two top New Zealand crime novelists tomorrow. They’ve chosen former local-based top cop Phil Jones, no stranger to murder investigations, who’s now living back in...

Musings from writers

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tickets are now on sale for the second Queenstown Writers Festival. Running from November 5 to 8, it’s full of literary celebrities like Dame Fiona Kidman, Wihi Ihimaera, Tom Scott, Becky Manawatu, who won ‘best first book of fiction’...
By MIRANDA COOK From singers to gig promoters and sound crew, people in the music business are struggling to make a living as more and more performances get cancelled over the coronavirus. Christchurch-based singer-songwriter Julia Deans has been forced to pull out of her South...

Reaching the top

For Queenstown singer-songwriter Miki Brown, the relationship between the mountains and music will be ever intertwined. After leaving Wakatipu High School and then completing a course at Auckland’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand, Brown says she was lacking...

Kiwi inspiration

Julian Temple has gravel in his voice, but it seems the blues singer-songwriter also has it in his blood. For the past 15 years, the rock 'n' roller has been hitting the road with his touring band called the Julian...

Kilgour comes clean

There aren’t many rockers who could get away with naming an album after their cat, but David Kilgour’s one of them. Kilgour is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most respected musos. Along with brother Hamish, he founded indie rock...

A novel idea

Bibliophiles, rejoice. The written word, in all its many forms, will be at the heart of a new festival making its debut in Queenstown in November. The Queenstown Writers Festival is the brainchild of a group of resort book-lovers, led by...
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