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ELOCOL magazine October edition writes

With nearly twenty artists on the LMM books, Shirley says she takes the time to get to know the musicians on another level and with the focus of LMM being a community based club around New Zealand, its already creating a positive effect.

“I love seeing people fulfill their dreams and I love making a difference in what I do. If you can touch someone through the words of a song, as opposed to you as a person, you don’t have to like that (genre) of music, but I can admire where it came from,

“It’s not just about the music, it’s about the people.” says Shirley

 

 

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KURT SOMERVELL

Kurt is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who teaches.

This year there’s is high demand for guitar, bass and ukulele lessons. Kurt has been teaching for severl years. A few of his students have left school, moved towns and some are now trying new instruments.

The band projects Kurt is involved in improve every year and his students grow.

Kurt teaches all the relevant chords and scales needed so they can play their compositions to a standard to fit the curriculum, depending on what year they are.

He also teaches his students different styles of music such as swing, Spanish, jazz, Latin grooves, ¾ timing, Celtic rhythms, reggae, hip hop, etc. Students also get the experience of how to use equipment such as guitar pedals, microphone placements, and PA set-ups.

Kurt makes an effort to be open to the students cultural needs such as learning a traditional Te Reo song or other cultural music.

He also mentor five bands at Papamoa College which includes teaching them songs and practising them correctly as a band which is a different skill and experience to playing on their own.

Kurt loves to dorganise the students regular gigs at school lunchtimes and all age shows around the BOP. The next step will be teaching them how to record themselves and making a demo CD and video for events.

TOM SHARPLIN

Tom Sharplin started his singing Career in Tauranga, moving  to Auckland in 1967.
His first hit was a cover of “Love Is A Beautiful Song” (it really wasn’t the thing to record original songs in those days as you couldn’t get airplay). This song was  a big hit and enabled Tom to get into the music industry.
Over the years Tom took up rock & Roll and had a number of songs in the top 20 over the years. With Jody Vaughan he recorded “Hey Paula” winning the top country duet award in 1985.
One of New Zealand’s most durable and popular artists.

LA THOMPSON

LA enjoys an extensive career in the music industry. Performing and writing her own music from the age of 9. LA has enjoyed a colorful life as a musician and promoter of Indie artists throughout New Zealand through her network The LMM Network and company Local Musicians Music.

Constantly touring LA’s love of live performing include gigs at Croucher Basecamp Tauranga, The Good Home, Blondies Allday, The Limeroom and Cabana in Pauanui, The Pour House Hahei, Manaia Cafe & Bar Tairua, Junction Thames, The Peppertree and Mussel Kitchen in Coromandel, Dogs Bollix, Civic Theater, St James, The Occidental and The Transmission House all in Auckland to name a few of the venues who have enjoyed her mix of original and cover material.

LA Thompson has been writing and performing her own music from the age of three.

LA has been a vocalist in original/covers band Road To Amber, The Collective and her all girl band Lace. LA teamed up with Chris Barclay over 15 years ago to form Dynamic Duo and more recently Mike Harley hash joined LA for the release of her 11 track album, 5 track EP and bonus 5 track collaboration EP. Brett Howes, Kevin Crowe, Kristian Lund and Gavin Northcroft have all contributed to helping LA complete these 3 projects which are a reflection of her life work as a songwriter,  producer and instrumentalist.

Venues who regularly employ LA’s solo and Duo/band include The Junction in Thames, The Limeroom and Cabana in Pauanui, The Pour House in Hahei, Manaia Cafe & Bar in Tairua, The Peppertree and Mussel Kitchen in Coromandel, The Brew Craft Beer Pub in Tauranga, and in Auckland at The Dog’s Bollix, Civic Theatre, St James, The Occidental, and the Transmission House and more recently The Waikino Hotel. LA, Mike and Chris  form her band Lace playing a mix of originals from her album ‘New Sun Rising’, and covers. Weddings and parties, private functions including lounge-room concerts are her favourite gigs. Festivals are the perfect place to showcase new songs and the tour of her album. Tamsworth Festival in Melbourne will be her debut in Australia.

LA (also known as Shirley to her friends) is the founder and manager of Local Musicians Music, and formed The LMM Network showcase her fellow artist and the 5 compilation albums she has distributed in the past 5 years.

LA is currently on tour around NZ, performing her songs, and also working hard to promote and set up The LMM Network to help other singer-songwriters and musicians follow her lead and share their music around the country, promoting original songs and NZ covers.

Come along and hear LA perform at the Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand on Saturday 4 March 2017 from 4pm til 7pm.

Globalrockstar fans write

“A real nice singer-songwriter but even more a supporter of other talent. Well done LA Thompson!”

“The things she has done for me and is doing for me, I can’t thank her enough! The support she has given me towards my music and so many others is second to none! What an amazing lady!!”

“Has my vote. She is a top supporter of fellow artists and goes out of her way to put them on the map. Writing good songs too.”

“LA Thompson is a talented musician and songwriter of the highest caliber, and works hard to support all musicians that she encounters in her travels, if anyone deserves this recognition it’s her!”

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