MONDAY 26th DECEMBER: Awhimai Fraser & Abbie-Leigh
Awhimai and Abbie-Leigh were both finalists in the 2011 Find A Star competition on TV1. They both do a variety of singing events within their home towns and also around the country. They hope to be accomplished singers in the future.
TUESDAY 27th DECEMBER: Ruff n Smooth
Lance Murch: With over 3 decades as a band member, session musician, solo artist, and backing musician in NZ and Australia, Lance is certainly no newcomer to the music industry. Comfortable in most genres of music, especially blues-rock, Lance is also sought after as a judge and musical director both sides of the Tasman. An amazing guitarist, Lance has won multiple awards at NZ’s prestigious Gold Guitar‘s with his blistering guitar work. Currently a full time music teacher at a local college, Lance has gained enormous respect in the music circles over the years, both as a performer and as a teacher to his many dedicated students who are inspired by his passion, commitment, and genuine love of music!
WEDNESDAY 28th DECEMBER: Matt & Denholm "Sweet Az" Jazz
Matthew Paull and Denholm Orr from Taupo are 'Sweet Az Jazz', a jazz duo from Taupo, who play functions, weddings, background music, and the odd competition.
THURSDAY 29th DECEMBER: Anna Hawkins
Anna Hawkins is an exceptional young upcoming artist in New Zealand whose enchanting yet powerful voice and an alluring stage presence leaves audiences mesmerized and wanting more. As a crossover artist Anna brings together the world of classical and contemporary music performing a mixture of classical, musical theatre, Celtic and popular songs. “Music is my passion, it’s a universal language that crosses cultures and differences and speaks right to the heart. I love to tell a story and to bring inspiration to people through music.”
FRIDAY 30th DECEMBER: Jam Dr
Jam Dr is a top Taupo District band, with members from Mangakino, Turangi and Putaruru. With 25 plus years of experience, Lead singer, John Trueman who plays guitar, saxaphone, harmonica fronts the Band. Son, Daniel Trueman has been playing drums for the band since age 14 he also does backing vocals. Bass player, Chris Matthews who studied at Whitireia School of Music, brings immense talent to the Band with his versatile backing vocals and solid grooves. Like Chris, Lead Guitarist Ray Tahu also known as Phat Gee did his musical studies at Whitireia School of Music in Porirua and brings his 30 plus years of experience to the fore. Last but not least is Damien Anderson who studied at the BOP School of Music. He brings another strong lead vocal to the Band along with Guitar and Keyboard skills. A very formidable and truely talented group of musicians. "Jam Dr - we play it like we mean it."
SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER & SUNDAY 1st JANUARY: Batucada Sound Machine
Batucada Sound Machine are a dynamic 10-piece group who have captivated audiences at festivals around the world with their breathtaking variety of tempos, timings, beats, styles and raw on-stage energy.
The band’s three-piece samba/reggae percussion line-up and all star horn section intertwine Brazilian, funk, hip-hop, reggae, afro-beat and Pacific soul influences.
Formed in 2003, the group began as a maverick bunch of drummers meeting in a dimly lit nightclub to experiment with a fusion of Brazilian rhythms, Pacific soul and funk influences. The success of this jam-night led to a regular monthly event, attracting an ever more diverse group of talented musicians. The result was Batucada Sound Machine.
MONDAY 2nd JANUARY: Kitchen
Kitchen is a trio of women that has a unique sound, with their honest lyrics and melting harmonies they will introduce you to their own blend of country, blues and soul. Recently formed in 2011 they have wasted no time in putting together a mostly original set that vairies form moody blues to upbeat bluegrass. They have recently moved from the kitchen to the stage and with their laid back style they invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the sound of the guitar and banjo's lilting melodies.
TUESDAY 3rd JANUARY: The Feelers
A momentary altercation on a Christchurch primary school football field was the catalyst for a music partnership between James Reid and Hamish Gee that has spanned almost twenty years and brought us one of our best loved bands, The Feelers. Along the way they have amassed some remarkable statistics, a quarter of a million albums sold, five multi platinum albums, three number one albums, seven number one singles and more radio airplay than any other New Zealand artist or band since radio stats began in 1999. The Feelers have gone from busking on street corners to becoming pioneers of the kiwi music industry, thanks largely to the song writing genius of James Reid.
WEDNESDAY 4th JANUARY: Keri Harper and Wayne Cornwall
You might recognise Keri as the short, shy blonde girl from ‘TrueBliss’ - New Zealand‘s very own Popstars - but her musical credits didn’t start and end there... Keri’s band credits include fronting the Auckland based cover band ‘Rikoche’ since the age of 16, and most recently with ‘Exit23’ at the top venues around Auckland.
Sometimes she even prances around the stage in her white polyester flares (much to her disgust!) to team up with Jackie Clarke in ‘ABBAlicious’. She was a frequent star of many ‘Coca-Cola Christmas in the Parks’ and ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ concerts in Auckland and Christchurch. Keri is now a full time mum to 2 beautiful girls and living a 'quieter' life in Taupo.
Wayne (The Guitar Man) started playing professionally in Rotorua at the ‘late’ age of 19 as a bass player in a cabaret band backing artists who did a circuit of New Zealand. Then he went on to form his own cover bands playing four nights a week - all while working in and managing musical instrument stores around Rotorua, Tokoroa, Taupo and Napier. In 2001 Wayne released a ‘learn to play guitar’ dvd through TVNZ which has sold 26,000 copies throughout New Zealand.
Together they are 'half' of Taupos exciting new 4 piece cover band - "The Live Wires", playing at many functions around town.
THURSDAY 5th JANUARY: Embers
Embers is a band that has existed for about 5 years now. The band at present includes Simon Atherfold (lead vocals, guitars), Cheryl Atherfold (BGV's, keyboard), Tanya Gould (lead vocals, keyboard) and Ian Gould (guitar and sometimes BGV). Primarily this is a group of friends (yes, those who have the same surname are married – to each other) who happen to all love to express themselves musically.The members have all been song writers to some extent and have done various amounts of recording both local and international.
The band plays a variety of styles depending on the venue. On this occasion they will do a range of styles including some original adaptations of some light rock – probably classed as “Easy Listening”.
FRIDAY 6th JANUARY: Phil Edwards Band
Hailing from the sunny Hawke’s Bay the Phil Edwards Band has a distinctive summer sound, making them the perfect accompaniment to a cold beer on a warm evening. The band’s catchy sing-along melodies appeal to a wide audience and their soulful songs range from warm acoustic ballads reminiscent of Jack Johnson through to blues numbers with a John Mayer or Ben Harper feel. They have proved crowd pleasers at major festivals in NZ and Australia, including the Moomba Water Festival (Australia) and Rhythm and Vines. The Phil Edwards Band will release their debut album in March 2011.
SATURDAY 7th JANUARY: The Monroes
"Whether you’re at your favourite bar or club, a friends wedding, your company Christmas party or Dad’s 50th, when the band hits the stage you want your jaw to hit the floor. That is THE MONROES musical mission! A truly international band, drawn on all their experience and their band chemistry to come up with one of the most exciting entertainment experiences in New Zealand right now. THE MONROES are proud to have both female and male vocals giving them true versatility, but its the stage show that the band are most proud of. Energy, Excitement, Entertainment... And that’s just adjectives brought to you by the letter E... This is one band that will excite your senses and exceed your expectations!!"
SUNDAY 8th JANUARY: Jamie Fitzgerald
Jamie is a singer- songwriter with a passion for life. Her songs will take you on whimsical journeys; through her thoughts and feelings, you will come out the other end feeling refreshed. For more on Jamie and to listen to her music check out www.jaimefitzgerald.net