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Playing The Harmonica with David Thorpe: Bob Dylan to The Blues

by Grum Frith
Playing The Harmonica with David Thorpe: Bob Dylan to The Blues

David is a professional musician, performer & tutor, aka Lil Chuck, Davey Backyard & The Harmonica Guy. He has been performing in Christchurch for 16 years, and in March ’19 released his 3rd Lil Chuck Album. He will be passing on to his students the mechanics of the Harmonica, it’s history, how to play a melody, play single notes and bend them, How to play The Blues, Country, Folk and everything in-between. David is a very  patient and enthusiastic tutor and will give you all the tools you need to get you started on your Harmonica journey.

Have a question? Ring Music & Arts Trust Hanmer Springs Trustee Jane van Kuelen 027 443 4541

 

 

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Tuffet Footstools with Zoe Barber

by Grum Frith
Tuffet Footstools with Zoe Barber

11-13th October

Learn how to put together a Tuffet top through foundation piecing, and produce a pumpkin like footstool.

Extra stuff you will need:

Tuffet Hardware Kit – (to be supplied on the day by Loburn Tuffets $195.00)

Have a question? Ring Music & Arts Trust Hanmer Springs Trustee Jane van Kuelen 027 443 4541 or email Tutor Zoe Barber :zoeb@inbox.com

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Rob Joass In Concert

by Grum Frith
Rob Joass In Concert
Rob Joass photoshoot at Third Eye in Wellington, New Zealand on Friday, 21 December 2018. Photo: Dave Lintott / lintottphoto.co.nz

Rob Joass “Pencarrow”

– New album & national tour!

Pencarrow is Rob’s 3rd solo album, following on from Rainlovers (1996) and Black and White. To celebrate the release Rob will embark on an album tour through New Zealand with a side trip to Sydney.


“Accomplished…..powerfully beautiful….well focused songs…lived in voice” – Graham Reid (2014)
With his band Hobnail looking forward to a 25th Anniversary tour and “Best Of” album in 2019, Rob resolved to take things a little easier in 2018, having spent a busy 2017 recording and touring Hobnail’s 7th album, Blue Sky Songs.
So of course he started working on a solo album…..
While Rob’s previous album “Black and White” was a deeply personal work that collected a group of songs written around the break up of his marriage, Pencarrow is the work of a songwriter whose life is in a much better place.


Pencarrow contains 8 new originals, an acoustic re-working of Best Country Song finalist “Baggage” and a great version of Paul Kelly’s “When I First Met Your Ma”, which has long been a staple of Rob’s live set. The album also features members of Rob’s backing band The Small Mercies: Hamish Graham on drums and backing vocals, Alan Norman on keys, Murray Costello on bass, and guests Kim Bonnington on backing vocals and Tony Burt on dobro.
Review for first single “Souvenir”


The band has the goods, with layers of sound and brilliant vocals to entertain the masses. Souvenir is catchy with brilliant lyrics and a country music style.
muzic.net.nz – Rating – 4/5


Rob is well known to many music fans throughout New Zealand through his work with Hobnail, The Shot Band, and Too Many Chiefs. He writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar, produces albums, and can be found behind a mixing desk live and in the studio when time allows. His songs have been covered by artists both in NZ and abroad, and he is a 3 time finalist at the NZ Music Awards.


“this album has reached new heights and illustrates the evolvement of very good musicians who keep getting better” – Phil Taylor “Blue Sky Songs” review


robjoass.hobnail.co.nz
www.facebook.com/RobJoassMusic

Weekend Writing Workshops

by Grum Frith
Weekend Writing Workshops

14th – 16th June

with the NZ Society of Authors

Beginning Writing with Kathleen Gallagher Friday 14th 7-9pm

Plotting with Michelle Clark McConnochie Saturday 15th 10am-12noon

Creating Characters with Jenny Haworth Saturday 15th 1-3pm

Freelance Journalism with Jill McCaw Saturday 15th 3.15-5.15pm

Getting Published with Jenny Hawthorn Sunday 16th 10am-12noon

As result of Funding we are now able to offer this workshop at a reduced rate:

Register now for the two day Workshop Only $90

 

To Register Click Here

Writing Workshop

by Grum Frith
Writing Workshop

 Writing Workshops

14th – 16th June

with the NZ Society of Authors

Beginning Writing with Kathleen Gallagher Friday 14th 7-9pm

Plotting with Michelle Clark McConnochie Saturday 15th 10am-12noon

Creating Characters with Jenny Hawthorn Saturday 15th 1-3pm

Freelance Journalism with Jill McCaw Saturday 15th 3.15-5.15pm

Getting Published with Jenny Hawthorn Sunday 16th 10am-12noon

 

Have a question? Ring Music & Arts Trust Hanmer Springs Trustee Jane van Kuelen 027 443 4541

 

As result of Funding we are now able to offer this workshop at a reduced rate:

Register now for the two day Workshop Only $90

 

 

To Register Click Here

Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano with Jan Preston

by Grum Frith
Learn to Play Boogie Woogie Piano with Jan Preston

 

JAN PRESTON’s workshop Learn To Play Boogie and Blues Piano takes piano players, elementary and advanced, on a journey towards playing the exciting and uplifting style of Boogie/Blues Piano.

This is a Half Day Course.

Participants will learn the many left hand “8-to-the-bar” patterns on which the right hand can improvise, learning to dig into the groove with confident timing, whilst simplifying or embellishing the bass to suit your hand and ability.

And having fun!

Workshops ideally have a capacity of around 12 players with access to a keyboard or piano each or between them.

By the way, it’s also possible to add lyrics to the boogie/blues beat, so players may even want to write their own song!

The workshop runs about one hour and Jan will hand out notes which can be taken away and used as follow up.

JAN PRESTON has been a professional piano player, singer and composer for more than 40 years. She has taught film composition at the Australian Film School in Sydney where she lives, as well as conducting many piano workshops at festivals throughout Australia and NZ.  From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, Jan has won 5 music awards for her soundtracks and CDs, and performs side by side with the greatest contemporary boogie piano players in the world today.

She is the co-author of a tutoring book She Plays Boogie and Blues Piano published through Tredition in Germany.

Have a question? Ring Music & Arts Trust Hanmer Springs Trustee Jane van Kuelen 027 443 4541

 

To Register Click Here

88 Pianos I have Known with Jan Preston

by Grum Frith
88 Pianos I have Known with Jan Preston

88 PIANOS I HAVE KNOWN

FRIDAY MAY 24th 7.30pm
HANMER SPRINGS MEMORIAL HALL
DOOR SALES $15.

In her show 88 Pianos I Have Known JAN PRESTON shares with us her passion for pianos. Projected images combine with unforgettable biographical stories, original songs and piano music, which will move you from tears to laughter. Underpinned by Jan’s thrilling virtuosity, audiences will be tapping and clapping, and may leave never looking at a piano in quite the same way again!

JAN PRESTON is a knockout boogie pianist with a rich resonant voice who has captured audiences around the world with her originality, her energy, and her sparkling charm and gentle wit.

From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, her early career began in NZ with the 1980 No 1 Hit Band Coup D’Etat.

Winner of 5 music awards, Jan has now sold out concerts throughout Australia, NZ, Europe and the UK, composes music for film and TV (most recently for her sister Gaylene Preston’s film My Year With Helen) and performs side by side with the greatest contemporary boogie piano players in the world today.
“an inspirational and gifted pianist, performer and entertainer” Rhythms Magazine