CHRIS BARCLAY

Songwriting has enabled Chris to revolve around guitar virtuosity and  still retain the typical formula of a pop song. Chris says, “The Guitar guides my voice”. The pentatonic scale is the pop songwriters vehicle of choice, and Chris employs this introducing the modal approach to give extra colour.

Chris was influenced by many of the 80s rock virtuoso’s who used this technique to build tension in the guitar solo or music. Chris identifies “Surfing With an Alien” by Joe Satriani as a major influence. Chris also frequently uses blues, pentatonic and chromatic runs in his playing. Chris says “I am definitely influenced by the great white blues guitar players who were influenced by some of the early black blues players.”

Chris has a enjoyed nearly a decade performing for Art Exhibitions and Weddings. Having worked in several covers bands including Nstinct with LA Thompson and later acoustic duo when their band broke up. With performances at Transmission House and The Occidental Chris is well equipped to handle any gig from a small intimate party to festival.

In 2012 Chris won the Guitarshop TV artist video competition with his song ‘I Won’t Fade’.

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GAVIN NORTHCROFT

Gavin is an accomplished songwriter and producer of music. Working with several artists collaborating and producing high quality music he decided it was time to focus on his own material. Born visually and hearing impaired, it was evident that Gavin would have his own little bubble going right from the beginning.  A statement was often made by his friends and family:  “You were born [playing] in front of an audience”.

 Gavin’s musical skills were fostered at an early stage of his life while attending Homai College (School for the blind).  By the age of 12 he had taught himself drums, bass, keyboards, and guitar. Gavin also spent countless hours sitting in front of his record player listening to hundreds of records. No need to wonder where his pocket money went!

 Inspired by a wide variety of bands/artists ranging from Steve Vai through to The Doobie Brothers, Gavin had many influences to guide his musical journey. His single biggest musical influence however has been Prince.  Multi faceted, multi instrumentalist, Gavin was inspired by Prince’s ability to play many different instruments, write in many different styles, with a huge vocal range.

 Gavin’s multi instrumental skills saw him join his first working band at 17 on drums, quickly moving on to stints in other popular covers bands, including one of Tauranga’s most successful covers band Side FX.  His role as musical director/lighting tech earned him huge respect throughout the industry.  At the same time, Gavin’s passion for original music was steadily growing in the background.  His songwriting process is often inspired by a musical riff/hook going around in his head, then turning that idea into a fully finished song.   He says writing a song always starts with a riff or a drum beat. Gavin’s passion and skill set as a producer/engineer allowed him to turn his musical ideas into reality. 

 

FRANKENCOPTER

Frankencopter are a 4 piece Rock band that explode on stage with Blues Brass and Balls! Inspired by the super rock and pop sounds of the seventies, they are a melding of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin performed by the love child of David Bowie and Tom Petty! Our songs vary in tempo and character, some are a mix of funk, jazz and blues, others clearly Rock that grinds close to Heavy Metal. A unique sound with plenty of bluesy Sax and formidable Guitars, all backed up by the tightest Bass and Drum sound this side of the Mississippi!

Don’t take our word for it…

Great for a party – when Frankencopter rocks out, you just wanna dance!

Cath Vincent

Outstanding sound and extremely entertaining. Their covers are so good (true to the originals, whilst making them their own) and their originals I’ve heard absolutely rock!! If you’re looking for a great band for a great event, then Frankencopter should be your first call. Brilliant!
Andrew Vesey
Great band with a fantastic collection of rock classics and some original songs. Heard them last week again. A must see.
Shane
I have had the pleasure of being at two of Frankencopter’s performances and they are fantastic! No matter what type of music you like, when Frankencopter play, you just want to get up and dance! These guys are top quality, professional and talented, with a wide musical repertoire that encourages positive expression from an audience. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Frankencopter for your next event.
Marion Jackson
Frankencopter

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IVETA & SIMONE

Throughout the course of their musical career, Iveta & Simone have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Throughout the course of their musical career, Iveta & Simone have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances, all the while recording new singles, Iveta & Simone has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model.

Iveta Vasileva has an extensive musical background and musical performance. Her style includes ballads, pop and latino music. Her voice is often compared to Celine Dion. She performs most of the world known hits (repertoire of Celine Dion, Cher, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Fergie, Madonna, Shakira, Leona Lewis, many others). Iveta was playing a piano from 1982 to 1990. Moreover, 

Iveta started her singing career with a children vocal group from 1985 to 1995. During this period she has taken part in many festivals, concerts and TV shows, winning many prestigious awards across many European countries. Her solo singer career started in the middle 90s, when she was awarded the prestigious international music competition EURODISC. 

In the same period she was awarded the Grand Prix of ART ROCK CENTER for exceptional musical performance. Iveta was designated as a one of the most prominent talents on many international music festivals and competitions, including the international festival “Chernovci”. 

Iveta has an extensive singing experience in live performance both solo and with bands. She has been preferred guest singer in a number of concerts, corporate events and government campaigns. 

Iveta has been invited as a special guest in top musical TV shows and programmes (incl. musical MM TV, musical MM2 TV, national TVs Channel 1, BTV, NTV). Iveta has released a number of singles in top selling musical compilations, her musical video clips are in the top of music charts and she has been constantly rated as a top-notch singer and performer. 

Simone Brook Artist, Song writer, performer, Makeup artist, Hair dresser Born in Levin and raised in Shannon and moved up to Auckland at the age of 11. Ethnicity: Maori Danish French Italian Tahitian Present: Simone is currently producing and song writing with fellow artist Iveta on their upcoming album. Growing up In a musical family allowed Simone to really be immersed in the entertainment industry. 

Singing with her family from a very young age was a huge part of her surroundings. By the age of 7, she was already singing to an well receptive audience. Simone enjoys all type of music. 

Simone is versatile and able to adjust and assimilate into many different genre’s like a musical cameleon. Simone connects with diverse range of audiences which keeps her modern and fresh. She has performed in talent TV shows such as: Chickaboom, Here’s Andy and opportunity knocks. Iveta & Simone are a professional female singer duo with 10+ years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. 

Their song list/repertoire includes more than 200 songs with a diverse style. They have numerous regular shows across New Zealand and they are well accepted by diverse age audience. In addition to that, they are working on their CD with an European producer.

Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances, all the while recording new singles, Iveta & Simone has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model.

Iveta Vasileva has an extensive musical background and musical performance. Her style includes ballads, pop and latino music. Her voice is often compared to Celine Dion. She performs most of the world known hits (repertoire of Celine Dion, Cher, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Fergie, Madonna, Shakira, Leona Lewis, many others). Iveta was playing a piano from 1982 to 1990. Moreover, 

Iveta started her singing career with a children vocal group from 1985 to 1995. During this period she has taken part in many festivals, concerts and TV shows, winning many prestigious awards across many European countries. Her solo singer career started in the middle 90s, when she was awarded the prestigious international music competition EURODISC. 

In the same period she was awarded the Grand Prix of ART ROCK CENTER for exceptional musical performance. Iveta was designated as a one of the most prominent talents on many international music festivals and competitions, including the international festival “Chernovci”. 

Iveta has an extensive singing experience in live performance both solo and with bands. She has been preferred guest singer in a number of concerts, corporate events and government campaigns. 

Iveta has been invited as a special guest in top musical TV shows and programmes (incl. musical MM TV, musical MM2 TV, national TVs Channel 1, BTV, NTV). Iveta has released a number of singles in top selling musical compilations, her musical video clips are in the top of music charts and she has been constantly rated as a top-notch singer and performer. 

Simone Brook Artist, Song writer, performer, Makeup artist, Hair dresser Born in Levin and raised in Shannon and moved up to Auckland at the age of 11. Ethnicity: Maori Danish French Italian Tahitian Present: Simone is currently producing and song writing with fellow artist Iveta on their upcoming album. Growing up In a musical family allowed Simone to really be immersed in the entertainment industry. 

Singing with her family from a very young age was a huge part of her surroundings. By the age of 7, she was already singing to an well receptive audience. Simone enjoys all type of music. 

Simone is versatile and able to adjust and assimilate into many different genre’s like a musical cameleon. Simone connects with diverse range of audiences which keeps her modern and fresh. She has performed in talent TV shows such as: Chickaboom, Here’s Andy and opportunity knocks. Iveta & Simone are a professional female singer duo with 10+ years of experience in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. 

Their song list/repertoire includes more than 200 songs with a diverse style. They have numerous regular shows across New Zealand and they are well accepted by diverse age audience. In addition to this they are working on their CD with an European producer.

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KAREN DAVY

Karen was born in New Zealand and raised in Browns Bay on Auckland’s North Shore and always wanted to be a singer. She learnt to play the piano and guitar, and during her school years won talent quests for singing and songwriting. To date Karen has won 27 awards for solo, duo, group, & original song.

993 Karen appeared on the Howard Morrison show as Dolly Parton. And joined the Boot Scoot’n Boogie Band.

1995 Karen won the Premier Entertainer of the Year Award. The same year, had the honor of being guest artist at the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year on Norfolk Island as Dolly and has since returned three times to perform.

1997 Karen toured Australia with ‘Reflections’ Eddie Low and other top NZ performers.

Karen also performed at the Australian Gimpy Muster and Had sell out shows two years running at Tamworth with Legendary Tony Martin and Steve R Cheney. Karen has had a lot of experience with bands and has played and toured New Zealand, Australia, Norfolk Island and Sung in Las Vegas.

Karen is part of a documentary in the USA called ‘Dream Weaver’

Karen also does a great tribute to ‘Dolly Parton’,’ Stevie Nicks’ ‘Camp Leader’ of the Topp Twins and a comedy skit with her very own character. These shows range from 20mins to 2 1/2 hrs.

In 2008 Karen appeared on TVs “Stars in Their Eyes” As ‘Dolly Parton’

In Dec 2009 Karen set a Guinness world record for marathon singing for 48 hrs. and was appointed an Ambassador for Kidney Kids NZ.

Karen was also awarded the silver scroll award at the Variety artists NZ Benny Awards and nominated top Female vocalist 5 years running.

2011 Karen won the AGNEW award for excellence in music.

Karen currently has a band called ‘Dreams’ The Fleetwood Mac experience. An excellent 3 hour tribute show. She makes all the costumes and this show has now been deemed international standard. She also has a 2hr variety show called ‘Stars’ This fabulous show includes lots of fun, comedy and laughter. Karen teamed up with Ken Strong 4 yrs ago and is part of a successful Duo called ‘Toucan’ (duet Better than one) Traveling the country, their repertoire includes a night of ‘irish’ or ‘rockn’ roll paradise’ or ‘a country hoedown’ or The Dolly Parton Experience or ’70’s plus Pub Rock’ ‘Blue Diamonds’ (blues and light jazz).

Karen has 7 CDs, they are also being played globally. Karen makes all the costumes for every show and the visuals are always spectacular.

Definitely an Act not to miss!

NATE KRUSE

NZ singer/songwriter Nate Kruse writes and performs pop rock and acoustic music as a soloist. Born in 2001 and coming from a town in rural South Auckland, Nate has wanted to pursue his music career ever since he was 9 after performing his first cover in his primary school talent quest. From then on his inspiration for writing music has always been his main priority.

Finding his own style of music that is different from the other artists but a style that could catch attention from different types of people has been his main focus. He has noticed an increase in electronic music which he enjoys, but he misses hearing music that consists of real guitars and drums.

Nate believes everyone has the chance to do something better than it has already been done before. He hopes to grab many different people’s attention and wishes that they can feel all of the emotions that he writes with.

As Nate pursues his solo career, he also performs as a lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in a band of four; Mind Over Matter. His experience as part of the band has revealed his true passion and clarity that his future will be in music. The joy and inspiration people get from listening to good music is something Nate revels in and aspires to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Nate has released his single “Move Over” on Local Musicians Music Vol 4 compilation album and is looking forward to working towards his EP/Album.

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KARZ GORDOZ

Kara Gordon formerly known as Kara Gordon is a force to be reckoned with on the local and international scene. Karz has opened and played for many amazing acts over the course of his career. Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Satriani, Glenn Hughes, Elton John.parliament and Slash are some of the great artists Karz has had the privilege and pleasure of performing alongside.

Karz has toured New Zealand, Australia  and Europe with Alabama 3, throughout NZ and Australia as part of the Fly My Pretties tour. He recently released his own blues EP produced by Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds) and was joined by Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3) on harmonica. Karz is currently working on another album with his band the wreckage.

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NEWS

 

Fantastic turnout on Thursday. Thanks to everyone that performed lets do it again next year :).

 A word from our sponsor and founder of Local Musicians Music and The LMM Network. Throughout 2019 I will be touring solo and with my drummer Mike Hartley. Please join me in welcoming Mike to our network he brings experience as a theatre performer, drummer and bassist with a talent for songwriting, guitar and vocals. Mike will be working exclusively with me playing drums for our acoustic duo and with the assistance of Chris Barclay on lead guitar we will make up my professional trio for mostly corporate work and weddings, festivals and events that require a band. Mike’s grandfather was a drummer for the New Zealand Symphony orchestra so has been taught by one of our best. Local Musicians Music was originally set up to produce and collate compilation albums for submission to radio and eventually publishing to TV and Movies etc. The combined 5 albums have some real gems amongst the submissions, the most professionally produced of which will make it to Volume 5 to be released in Australia, New Zealand and a few European countries to start with. I’m very excited about presenting not just my own album but our joint efforts over the past 5 years to a larger audience other than what the internet provides. There is still a face to face benefit to promoting music and after meeting experts around the world at the Global Summit held last year at Roundhead studios I was compelled to book my flights and tour with as much music packed away in my suitcase as much as my clothes and stuff will allow. So on that note I bid you all a fabulous 2019, see you at one of my gigs playing under my brand name LA Thompson and lets meet up on the 30th September in Tahawai for an open home and music event to celebrate the beginning of summer. Lax

 We are excited to announce The LMM Network Summer Concert Series to be held at 94A Martray Road, Tahawai, Katikati RD3 from 11 am until 5pm. Early-bird tickets priced at $30 are limited to 50 so be in quick, children only $10. A fun filled day for the family filled with the sounds of New Zealand and guest local and international artists. For details on how to secure your early-bird email shirley@localmusicians.co.nz.

  Celebrating her recent singles release for “Lovelight”, “Reach Out” and “It’s Raining” LA debuted her album and a mix of covers at local restaurant/bar The Porch located in Waihi Beach. If you want a table RSVP is vital as seats are limited and spill outside :).

 BnB 4 Bands is happy to introduce you to their new premises. Next to “Tahawai Bed and Breakfast” our new “Tahawai Cabin Retreat” will be built in readiness for Saturday 23rd November concert on the deck. If you want to get in early to enjoy a fantastic stay on opening day then check out the following link and book today. We are unavailable from the 27th December until 10th January (Photos will be available late October as the cabin is under construction. Fully furnished sleeping a maximum of 6 people, boogie boards and swimsuits highly recommend) TAHAWAI CABIN RETREAT 

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JAMES CORBAN

Born in Tauranga James grew up on semi-rural area on the out skirts of the city. Jame’s has early childhood memories of Sunday mornings listening to his father’s collection of jazz records.

James learned piano to grade 3. He taught himself some contemporary piano tunes he liked. In his late teens Jame’s bought a Neil Young song book and started to learn guitar. Neil is still one of his favorite song writers along with Bob Dylan,  Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others.

Jame’s enjoys awide range of music. Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, Cold Chisel, Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, U2 are just some of my favorites but he enjoyed all sorts of music from different genre’s.

Playing the guitar and learning to sing meant playing on the street busking was a good place to practice and earn a little money at the same time. With Rhythm and vocals James got together with a like-minded group of friends and formed a band (The Peace Shop) and played around the Coromandel but like a lot of bands we fell apart after one season. It was a great experience as there was 6 of them with 2 girls, so it gave us a lot of versatility and they were able to cover a wide variety of music.

James has always been a keen outdoors man. He believe my passion for nature is reflected in his writing.

James has written songs since he began playing guitar. He see music as an enjoyable way to communicate experiences, feelings, ideas etc. and have fun.

Jame’s favorite music is to create or jam with other like-minded musicians to make spontaneous but tight sounds. Ideally James would like to record his own songs (or yours) with a group of musicians in this way.

THE BRAGG BROTHERS

The Bragg Brothers Band is a 3 piece Indie group based in Nelson New Zealand. Brothers Lou and Chris Bragg formed the band in 2010 and have been playing classic rock on the Nelson pub and club circuit for several decades. The band recently released a 5 track  self titled EP in February 2017, written by both Lou and Chris Bragg and recorded at Bay city sound Studios in Nelson. The band have been working on new songs for a 2018 project which they are very  excited about.

Influences for their band are artists from the 1960s and 70s namely Tom Petty, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd. Band Members are Lou Bragg – lead guitar and lead vocals, Chris Bragg – bass guitar, lead and backing vocals. Karl the Ride Stubberfield – drums and backing vocals.

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