Something I’ve been to, something I’m looking forward to and something I’ve discovered plus some bonus Elbow.
This is not a musical, nor is it precisely a one man play. Ship Songs is the story of how Ian Hughes’ parents met each other – it’s a true tall tale complete with adventure, romance and it’s a bit gory! Ian plays all the characters and he’s a brilliant storyteller and great with accents. The whole thing is helped along by projections and a very good three piece band, which happens to be lead by the show’s songwriter, one Don McGlashan. This is one of the best plays I’ve seen in a long time – not for those easily offended by strong language though. Ship Songs is on at Q Theatre until 7 April.
Pick & Mix Squared
There’s a free series of music events starting in Aotea Square this Friday evening from 5-7pm. The concerts run for the next five weeks and feature all kinds of music from folk to hip hop and traditional Japanese drumming. This week’s gig features seven-piece Afro-Reggae group Zoh Zoh, supported by Soul Samba Circus. The straight after work timeframe makes it great for a post-work hang out with friends or for family picnics! Find out more and RSVP on Facebook.
Let me tell you about a guy that is tipped to become a huge star on the international music scene at any moment. Willy Moon is based in London and has just signed with huge label Island Records. He looks like he’s straight out of the 1950s, and his music has a definite retro influence – I LOVE the sound and can’t wait to see this kid (he’s 22) take over the world. Oh, did I mention he’s from Wellington?
I’m still feeling the absolute joy of seeing Elbow play at The Powerstation last night. This band has been together for 22 years and it shows. Guy Garvey has an exceptional voice and stage presence. I can’t see how this concert could be beaten as my gig of the year. Haven’t loved anything as much since The National. Here’s the song they ended on…