Friday, November 15, 2019

CELEBRATING THE BEST OF KIWI MUSIC AT THE 54TH VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC AWARDS | NGĀ TOHU PUORO O AOTEAROA

Photo: Soundcloud

“The calibre of talent just keeps getting better each year with more and more of our talented Kiwi musicians making an impact both in Aotearoa and abroad. We’re consistently impressed by the creativity, skill and expertise of our musicians and New Zealand should be incredibly proud. 

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards give us a chance to acknowledge this as well as encourage aspiring and emerging artists to continue forging their music journey.” 

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan


Pop sensation BENEE made her mark on the New Zealand music history tonight, taking home four Tui at the 54th Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland.

The nineteen-year-old was awarded Best Solo Artist | Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa and Vodafone Single of the Year | Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau on the back of her certified platinum debut single ‘Soaked’.



She also claimed the The Edge Best Pop Artist | Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa and Smirnoff Breakthrough Artist of the Year | Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau for her latest album 'FIRE ON MARZZ'.

Hip hop meets jazz in Avantdale Bowling Club’s self-titled debut album by Tom Scott which received two Tui including the coveted THREE Album of the Year | Te Pukaemi o te Tau and Best Hip Hop Artist | Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa. The album, which hit #1 in the Official New Zealand Music Charts, was conceptualised by artist Tom Scott along with talented musicians who brought each song to life. He also performed ‘Home’ with the Avondale Intermediate School Choir, an homage the school he attended in his youth.



Also picking up two Tui was indie pop band The Beths for Best Group | Te Roopu Toa and Best Alternative Artist | Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa, following the success of their debut album 'Future Me Hates Me' in 2018. The four-piece band has been taking New Zealand and the world by storm, with sell-out shows across New Zealand, Europe and the UK.



For the second year in a row veterans Six60 picked up Highest Selling Artist| Te Toa Hoko Teitei, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year | Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau, and the Vodafone People’s Choice | Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga awards, further cementing their place as a Kiwi favourite.

As a result of the success of the third instalment of Troy Kingi’s ambitious plan to release 10 albums in 10 years, Troy Kingi, alongside his band The Upperclass, deservedly received Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist | Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa and Best Roots Artist | Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa for the album 'Holy Colony Burning Acres'.



Legacy award | Tohu Whakareretanga and NZ Music Hall of Fame | The Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa inductees Th’ Dudes reformed to play their own tribute performance, a medley of their classic Kiwi songs – including 'Bliss', 'Be Mine Tonight' and 'Walking in Light'. They were joined by special guests Rikki Morris, the brother of the late Ian Morris, as well as Ian’s daughters Julia and Maude of LEXXA, capping off an amazing night of celebrating Aotearoa’s booming music scene.



After their four-year hiatus, Auckland rockers Villainy released their highly anticipated third album 'Raised in the Dark', winning them Best Rock Artist | Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa, while Bailey Wiley, who is soon to embark on a nationwide tour, won KFC Best Soul/RnB Artist | Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa following the release of her self-titled EP.

Also taking home awards tonight was internationally renowned TALI who received ROVA Best Electronic Artist | Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa for her latest album Love & Migration, Harbourside Worship who received Best Worship Artist | Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa for their new EP Collide and Simon O’Neill who won Best Classical Artist | Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa for his album Distant Beloved.

Big winners at last year awards, Drax Project received the Recorded Music NZ International Achievement | Tohu Tutuki o te Ao for the success of their single ‘Woke Up Late’, which went double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association and has more than 70 million streams on Spotify to date.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Brett McKenzie, Laurie Anderson and Neko Case will be at the Festival!


Late last week, at two special events held in the banquet hall at Parliament in Wellington, Creative Director Marnie Karmelita presented the programme for New Zealand Festival Of The Arts 2020. The programme has an extra special angle to it this time with three guest curators putting together mini programmes.

Director and Choreographer Lemi Ponifasio has put together a range of music and dance shows such as Chosen and Beloved, a vast and spectacular reworking of Goreki’s Symphony No.3 Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and Jerusalem written by Ponifasio and inspired by the great Middle Eastern Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said Esber). The second guest curator will be well known to music fans and art fans alike.

Laurie Anderson made her mark in the mid-80’s with avant garde pop such as Language Is A Virus and the boundary smashing O Superman. She’s worked with Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and Lou Reed. One of her works at the festival, Here Comes The Ocean, is a concert that interprets Reed’s music and Anderson’s words using an ensemble of musicians.

Reed will also be ‘present’ in the exhibition Drones, which features his guitars hooked up to a sonically awesome feedback loop. Anderson has a personal connection to Aotearoa, as her niece was tragically killed in a traffic accident. Her returning will be marked by a special improvisation and incantatory work called The Calling, dedicated to Thea Anderson. Even more exciting is a new free free flying VR experience, which takes participants on a lunar expedition. To The Moon will definitely by one to smash the walls of conventional art down. Finally, another performance is her Concert For Dogs. A free event where our canine friends are all invited along (followed by a film she’s made about her own beloved mutt, Lolabelle).

The third curator is also well known. Brett McKenzie doesn’t really need an introduction. Comedian, Actor, composer and all round nice Wellingtonian he adds a bit of grounding to the festival. He’s worked with artists Kemi Neko and & Co to produce a series of miniature huts to discover around the Kapiti Coast. These are an expansion of an earlier project that made tiny tramping huts based on real DOC buildings and hid them around the city for eager explorers to discover. McKenzie himself has scored a bit of a coup composing the music for the National Theatre’s (UK) upcoming work The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Sanders. This is a work in progress and festival goers will be able to get in on the prototype of the work even before UK audiences see it. Also in McKenzie’s programme is Netherlands based comedy virtuoso Släpstick, who were a major hit at the recent Edinburgh Festival. And there are also a pile of late night gigs where musicians get to try out new material.

The programme includes Estère, Nadia Reid, Jazz musicians John McLaughlin and L.Shankar, Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood and Purple Pilgrims. Poet and musician Kate Tempest will make her mark, too.

Finally, the most exciting news we leave until last. The New Pornographers will be here – including Neko Case – performing their new album In the Morse Code of Brake Lights. There’s plenty more, of course, from opera to dance to programmes for the deaf to schools programme and public art exhibitions.

Check it all out at : https://www.festival.nz/

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

NZ Music T-Shirt Day



NZ Music T-Shirt Day is a massive nationwide celebration on Friday 8 November of kiwi music and the power music has to make a positive difference in our lives.

It celebrates our kiwi music legends and our amazing emerging talent.   MusicHelps is a unique charity that uses the power of music to help and heal New Zealanders in need.

Their work spans music therapy in hospices and hospitals, projects that use music to address the problems faced by at-risk and vulnerable people, as well as initiatives that help & support disabled people, right from the far north to the deep south of Aotearoa. MusicHelps also provides emergency assistance to kiwi music people around the country experiencing illness, distress and hardship.

Whether you are an artist, music worker or music lover, we invite you to make a donation, and then post and share your best NZ band t-shirt pics, using the hashtags #nzmusictshirtday, @musichelpsnz.

Just hit the donate button, or check out more at https://www.nzmusictshirtday.org.nz/

They’ve also developed a kiwi music general knowledge quiz, our “Waxing Lyrical” guess the song lyric game, as well as a music video artist and track guessing game to challenge your friends, family or colleagues at morning tea, during lunch, or even over Friday night drinks on the 8th.

You’ll be able to access these once you have created your team page.   Don't have a NZ artist t-shirt? Then don’t worry.  JB Hi-Fi, Bravado and seven of our greatest music artists are here to help you. Th’ Dudes, Herbs, Lorde, Six60, Shihad, Split Enz and True Bliss have all generously donated brilliant designs for a set of exclusive, limited edition NZ Music T-Shirt Day shirts which are available in all JB HiFi Stores right now.   

 More information can be found here: https://www.nzmusictshirtday.org.nz/  

Monday, November 04, 2019

Definitive Punk Record AK79 Turns 40!!!

December 2019 marks the 40 year anniversary of an important record in NZ history, AK79.
Within the grooves of this historical landmark compilation lies a connection to our musical whakapapa as New Zealanders and music lovers. A defining record, having captured a raw snapshot of the punk subculture in Auckland during the late 70s, the much-loved compilation is a living, breathing statement of what came before today.

Toy Love
 Raw, unfiltered, shambolic madness. The vision to capture the scene began with Bryan Staff (Head of Ripper Records) who saw reason to capture the music coming out of the local punk venues of the time.

Originally released by Ripper Records in December 1979, bands that featured on the original pressing included The Swingers, The Scavengers, The Primmers, Proud Scum, Toy Love and The Terrorways. The abrasive and empowered response to the overindulgent progressive rock and glam rock music of the 70s, speaking out and saying something for the working class youth of today, in one of the most important times in New Zealand ‘rock’ history.

Ok, so not our usual Lounge record.  But the start of something. 

Proud Scum
Back in the day I thrashed this one on student radio Station Radio Active.  And before that I listened on my walkman radio to the station playing those great songs.  You could only get the station when you were in town (it's coverage was only citywide around Wellington back then).  So, I'd usually listen to it walking around the city, to and from the Railway Station on my way to holiday jobs, dates at the movies and the School bus to Miramar.

When I finally got to Uni I found my way to Active's record bins and secured my copy of this gem.  We were allowed to take home records (borrowed) to listen to them and select the best songs.  I loved the Scavengers' Mysterex, Proud Scum's Suicide and of course, Toy Love's Squeeze

The Swingers
The original master was discarded in 1982, which only created a demand for this enigmatic record. Responding to the call, an expanded version of AK79 arose, released only on CD by Simon Grigg and Roger Shepherd as a joint release by Propeller Records and Flying Nun Records in 1993. This time there were some late additions, including tracks from The Suburban Reptiles, The Spelling Mistakes, The Features and The Marching Girls, along with additional tracks from the first pressing. This particular reissue was remastered and mixed by Grigg, and came bundled with additional liner notes by Grigg, Staff and The Terrorways’ own Kerry Buchanan.
Forty years on from its initial release, the spirit of the record still packs a punch and the feeling captured in these recordings are as relevant as ever.

TRACKLIST:

The Scavengers - Mysterex
The Terrorways - Never Been To Borstal
Proud Scum - I Am A Rabbit
The Scavengers - True Love
Proud Scum - Suicide
 The Terrorways - She’s A Mod
The Swingers - Certain Sound
The Primmers - Funny Stories
Toy Love - Squeeze
The Swingers - Baby
 The Primmers - You’re Gonna Get Done
Toy Love - Toy Love Song
Suburban Reptiles - Megaton
Suburban Reptiles - Coup D'etat
The Scavengers - Routine
Proud Scum - Suicide 2
The Terrorways - Short Haired Rock And Roll
Toy Love - Frogs
Suburban Reptiles - Saturday Night Stay At Home
Features - City Scenes
The Spelling Mistakes - Feel So Good
Marching Girls - First In Line
 The Spelling Mistakes - Hate Me Hate Me
Features - Victim
Marching Girls - True Love

The Anniversary version will cost a pretty penny but well worth it https://flyingout.co.nz/collections/pre-orders/products/ak79-40th-anniversary-edition?utm_source=Great+Sounds+Great&utm_campaign=de829d98ca-WEEKLY_NEWSLETTER_11812_17_2015_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d72844f78b-de829d98ca-141675065&mc_cid=de829d98ca&mc_eid=eda989f7e5

Friday, October 25, 2019

Exclusive Concert Photos of Folky Sensations Shooglenifty

Our roving photographer Trevor Villers caught Shooglenifty's set at the Tuning Fork in Auckland last night.  Shooglenifty are a Scottish, Edinburgh-based six-piece Celtic fusion band, that tours internationally. The band blends Scottish traditional music with influences ranging from electronica to alternative rock. They contributed to Afro Celt Sound System's 1996 album Volume 1: Sound Magic.

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences.



As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for more nearly three decades. Their 2018 album, 'Written in Water', with Dhun Dhora, attracted five-star reviews and a coveted slot in music bible Mojo’s Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year. In 2019 Shooglenifty (with Tanxugueiras) released their timely humanitarian anthem 'East West' and are currently working hard on their ninth studio album slated for release in their 30th anniversary year: 2020.

Trevor told us "The Breakers were playing next door, so it got a bit exciting.  They won and so did we.  These fellows (the band)were sublime!  No better knees up to be had."









Photos by Trevor Villers - http://villers.co.nz/

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Wellyfest - the Wellington Folk Festival is on this weekend!



Wellyfest, the Wellington Folk Festival, is 55 years old this year, making it the longest running festival of its kind in the country, and it’s still going strong.

Running over this Labour Weekend (Friday October 25 to Monday 28) at the Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre,in Moores Valley, near Wainuiomata.



Wellyfest 2019 will have a jam-packed programme of concerts, workshops and dance events, and has attracted an impressive line-up of performers from here and overseas. Acts include include the Kiwi-Aussie duo Victoria Vigenser and Lindsay Martin, who as “We Mavericks”, play wild, original folk.

Also from over the ditch the festival hosts The Good Girl Song Project and The Bearded Cat. Award-winning New Zealand song writer, Jenny Mitchell, will be there playing her own blend of alt-country, folk and Americana.  Lower Hutt heros and Wellington-based trio, Across the Great Divide, will perform its unique fusion of Celtic, American and Scandinavian music.


The Chaps, from Dunedin, are give us some highly entertaining and energetic stage time.  They describe their style of music as “cowboy lounge”.  This we gotta see! 


The Skiffy Rivets from Auckland deliver harmonies with a swing. Songwriter Alan Downes will bring his mostly true tales from the back country and the rising young New Zealand poet, Jessie Fenton will also be performing.

But for those who need to rock rock, there’s local band Grumblewood, who combine a unique mix of baroque, jazz and traditional folk elements with vintage rock.  In true Jethro Tull style they produce electric folk and progressive early '70s vibes that'll have you spinning all night. 

The Wellyfest is big on participation, with blackboard concerts, singarounds,the big Saturday dance with the hot young musicians from Vicfolk, a full youth programme and plenty of opportunity for jamming. Festival-goers can book for the whole weekend or come for a day, afternoon or evening.

There are plenty of camping spaces and facilities and there are also bunks available. The full programme and ticketing information is on the website: www.wellingtonfolkfestival.org.nz


Monday, October 21, 2019

Maker Faire - An amazing weekend experience




We were lucky enough to go to the 2nd Wellington Maker Faire over the weekend.  The event was exceptionally well attended.  Shed 6 and the foyer of the TSB Stadium were packed to the gunwales with punters keen to soak up knowledge.  Exhibitors ranged from LEGO geeks to drone racers to sewers and embroiders, Cosplay costumers and woodworkers.  My youngest took a shine to the sewing and enjoyed working on a stitching project.  My other daughter also was keen on the hands on activities, making a bee wax sandwich wrap and watched the 'stupid robot fighting'.  If there was one tiny niggle, I think it was how the event had seemed to outgrow the venue.  All of it should have fitted into the TSB arena and seemed a bit cramped.  Perhaps next year this will be addressed.

Maker Faire Wellington is brought to you by Capital E, New Zealand’s leading centre of creativity for children and young people. For 21 years we have provided creative experiences to the youngest citizens of Wellington that include theatre, digital technology, and immersive, never-seen-before installations and events that spark and encourage creative thinking and expression. To bring these experiences to life, our creative team work with talented Makers from Wellington and beyond, constructing wild creations that invite children to explore their imaginations.

Wellington Maker Faire is a celebration and showcase of the innovative, do-it-yourself work of the Maker community. This fun, family-friendly event is for Makers both young and young at heart, whether you’re a hobbyist, inventor, creator, tech-enthusiast, educator, performer, or crafter, you’ll enjoy experiencing the variety of maker-achievements on display at Wellington Maker Faire.

Who are Makers?  A Maker is anyone who creates, invents, tinkers or constructs with anything, code, technology, or traditional craft materials, in labs, garages, or home kitchens. Makers are everywhere!

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.



Huge thanks to sputnik.co.nz for the tix. 

Friday, October 18, 2019

This Just In: A third curator for the Arts Festival!

Grammy Award-winning musician and multimedia artist Laurie Anderson will be the third Guest Curator for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts 2020. She's bringing a selection of works to Wellington including a concert that celebrates the ocean featuring Laurie onstage alongside long-time collaborators and Kiwi musicians; a VR experience that will see audience-goers taken on a virtual trip to the moon; and an installation of Laurie's late husband Lou Reid's guitars put on feedback loop creating a rich aural experience.


Laurie joins contemporary artist and acclaimed theatre-maker Lemi Ponifasio and Academy Award-winning composer, musician, actor, and comedian Bret McKenzie as the three guest curators for the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts which runs 21 February until 15 March.  

WOW!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lala Simpson talks to the CoffeeBar Kid

The CoffeeBar Kid talks to Lala Simpson - a fun, energetic, creative and innovative song leader with a strong passion for music and a great sense of humour.

Lala will be presenting and running workshops at the upcoming Make Faire on Sunday 20 October at the TSB Arena. Lala hails from the exotic Island of Madagascar and has been making music since the day she was born - according to her parents!

She speaks 3 languages fluently and uses her love of languages and interest in other cultures to teach world music. She is able to work with groups of various ages and abilities, backgrounds and ethnicities adapting her teaching techniques to suit the groups she teaches.

www.lalasimpson.kiwi.nz / https://www.facebook.com/singingindri/

Lala is involved in many musical happenings in Wellington and is often asked to be one of the tutors for International Dance Day. Lala has acted as a guest conductor to various community choirs in Wellington. She travels around New Zealand teaching songs and dances from her homeland. Lala has worked as the choreographer for the Wellington Community Choir and has been recently appointed as one of their co-conductors.

Lala organizes inter-generational and cross-cultural interactive singing workshops at rest homes and Wellington City Libraries with the Manawa Ora Children Community Choir which she directs. She is committed to helping people discover their voice and works with individuals that think they can't sing or are afraid of singing.

She runs children's music classes and adult singing workshops in Wellington sharing songs from Madagascar and around the world. She is also a performer and is the lead singer of a quartet singing the songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Euan will presenting at the upcoming Maker Faire brought to you by Capital E.
It will be on at Wellington's TSB Arena Sunday 20 October.

The CoffeeBar Kid will also be there, taking photos and will report
back to you about what goes on.




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

WOMAD 2020 Artists Announced



Tonight WOMAD 2020 Artists are announced: A political Jamaican Reggae icon (Ziggy Marley), an ambassador of African music (Salif Keita  ), masters of gospel (Blind Boys of Alabama) and a group of seasoned musicians from Aotearoa are just a few of the heavy-hitting performers announced for WOMAD New Zealand 2020.

At a ceremony held at Parliament tonight and hosted by the MP for New Plymouth, Jonathan Young and Justice Minister Andrew Little the line-up for WOMAD 2020 was announced.
Last year, the Prime Minister was due to open WOMAD.  However only an hour before the awful news of the shootings in Christchurch came through, changing our nation forever.  That terrible incident affected the mood and vibe of WOMAD 2018.

Taranaki Arts Festival CEO Suzanne Porter (responsible for WOMAD) remembers having to make the tough call to continue.  “It was a difficult decision, but it would have been like giving in.  We wanted to show the world that we stood for diversity and celebration of all cultures.” Andrew Little, reminiscing on his speech last year, when he had to stand in for the Prime Minister at short notice, summed up the sentiment in his speech tonight, acknowledging that there is a time to grieve, a time to cry, a time to heal and a time to dance.  WOMAD is that time, he said.

WOMAD New Zealand is famous for bringing together artists from all over the globe for a
vibrant showcase of the world's many forms of music, arts, and dance.The 2020 festival is no exception and will feature close to 100 hours of music, dance and voices across eight stages. Over three days Ngāmotu's stunning  Brooklands Park and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands will once again be transformed into a village of colour, energy and inclusion.

Joining the already announced mesmerising duo of Welsh harpist Catrin Finch & Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and the living legends of gospel music Blind Boys of Alabama are twenty cutting edge performers and world-class musicians from every corner of the planet.

Delivering fresh new takes on traditional music are multi-award-winning, solo artists, duos, trios and 12-piece brass bands from around the globe. Finnish Beatboxing, Maloyan Dance and Black Samba will join hands with Reggae, Rap, Folk, Funk Jazz, Soul, Classical and Afrobeat to celebrate the world's differences. Pioneering young artists alongside inspirational icons will come together across the weekend to promote acceptance, joy, love, hope and change via the universal language of mankind, music.

WOMAD New Zealand is very proud to present, for the 16th year anniversary of the festival (in alphabetical order)

Albi & The Wolves (Aotearoa/NZ), Blind Boys of Alabama (USA), Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal), Destyn Maloya (Réunion), Ezra Collective (UK), Hiatus Kaiyote (Australia), Hot Potato Band (Australia), Kim So Ra (South Korea), King Ayisoba (Ghana), L.A.B. (Aotearoa/NZ), Liniker e os Caramelows (Brazil), L Subramaniam (India), Ziggy Marley (Jamaica), Minyo Crusaders (Japan), Muthoni Drummer Queen (Kenya/France), Orquesta Akokán (Cuba), Reb Fountain (Aotearoa/NZ), RURA ( Scotland), Salif Keita (Mali), Soaked Oats (Aotearoa/NZ), Trio Da Kali (Mali), Tuuletar (Finland).




Friday, October 11, 2019

Guitar inventor Euan Christie talks to the CoffeeBar Kid ahead of Maker Faire Wellington



Euan Christie has been making banjos and ukuleles with old tins, boxes, wood, metal, cutlery and various other salvaged bits of things at my house in Wellington, New Zealand for the last couple of years.
Each instruments is completely unique with its own distinctive sound and charming character. Every instrument has been imagined and then carefully hand-crafted with the highest attention to detail to create a piece of art that sounds as good as it looks.
Check out his creations at https://tinpiginstruments.wixsite.com/tinpig




Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Euan will presenting at the upcoming Maker Faire brought to you by Capital E.
It will be on at Wellington's TSB Arena Sunday 20 October.


The CoffeeBar Kid will also be there, taking photos and will report
back to you about what goes on.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Hannah Topp aka Aldous Harding win 2019 APRA Silver Scroll for The Barrell 



Aldous Harding (Hannah Topp) has taken out this year's APRA Silver Scroll Award for her amazing song The Barrel.   This is the second time she's been a finalist and conveyed her delight at winning over a video message played at last night's award Ceremony at park Arena in Auckland.

The Award was presented to her father by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Jancida Adern. 



“Thanks everybody. I think it’s wonderful you believe in us so much," she said "and congratulations to the other nominees…I’ll put the money towards making the same happy mistake again.”



The last three years have been huge for Topp, having signed to 4AD in 2017, moved to Wales, releasing her second album Party (it won the Taite Music Prize in 2018). Now she's dropped her third album, called Designer to great acclaim.  Both albums were made in collaboration with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey and Sparklehorse). 

Last night's event was hosted by a fast and loose Madeleine Sami, whose jokes sometimes went a little bit haywire.  Sadly no TV station wanted to broadcast and we had to resort to watching it on RNZ.  Thank goodness for them!

Groove listeners would have caught her stunning permormance at WOMAD 2 years ago. But you may have seen her more recently as she tours relentlessly, with hundreds of show dates across Europe, USA, Aussie and over here in Aotearoa.

For Musicians and music industry people the Silver Scroll Award is special because it's voted for by APRA members, and is the best peer approval you can get, a stunning acknowledgment from fellow songwriters. For Topp, it recognises her memorable and daring work (on The Barrel). Her name will be long rembered next to Marlon Williams, Bic Runga, Ruban and Kody Nielson, Scribe and P Money, Chris Knox, Dave Dobbyn, and Shona Laing.

We at Groove were also delighted to see the return of one of our most admired jazz musicians Nathan Haines, back after his battle with throat cancer. He was music director of tonight’s show - the 54th APRA Silver Scrolls ceremony.

Tyna Keelan, Angelique Te Rauna and Matauranga Te Rauna recieved the APRA Maioha Award (which recognises exceptional waiata in te reo Māori), celebrated for their rich and heartfelt ballad Ka Ao.

Capital composer Michael Norris took out the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for the 3rd time! (2014 - for Inner Phases; 2018 for Sygyt). This time it was for his work Sama Violin Concerto, written for violinist Amalia Hall.

Ex-Supergoove(er) Karl Steven won his second APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award for his dark and bold score for the TV series The Bad Seed (a twisted drama of politics and power based on the stories by author Charlotte Grimshaw).

Mike Newport snapped up the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award for his music in the 80's inspired time-travelling heist film Mega Time Squad.

Writer Chris Bourke was the perfect choice to introduce us to the induction of Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.  They really need know introduction. The trio created Aotearoa’s first ever true pop song Blue Smoke in 1949 - written, performed, recorded and made (in shellac) in aotearoa! There was a beautiful tribute performance inte Reo and English by Lisa Tomlins and Kirsten Te Rito backed by Riki Gooch, Jacqui Nyman, Mark Sommerville, James Illingworth, Nick Atkinson, Matthew Verrill, Luca Manghi and Paul McLaney's Black Quartet.

You can catch the special video made for the evening, which pays tribute to Blue Smoke here:  http://grooveradio.blogspot.com/2019/10/ruru-karaitiana-pixie-williams-and-jim.html

The winner of all awards were:
APRA Silver Scroll: Hannah Topp aka Aldous Harding – The Barrel
APRA Maioha Award: Tyna Keelan, Angelique Te Rauna and Matauranga Te Rauna – Ka Ao
SOUNZ Contemporary Award: Michael Norris – Sama Violin Concerto
APRA Best Original Music in a Series: Karl Steven – The Bad Seed
APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film: Mike Newport – Mega Time Squad
Hall of Fame: Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter

http://apraamcos.co.nz