Singer / songwriter, acoustic folk

A whole spectrum of emotion with Nigel, particularly excelling in his ability to present each song as a story. His mellow vocal tone ideal. “Bright Young Folk”.

“A prominent singer/guitarist with a big strong rousing voice that lends itself equally well to heartache ballads, rock and roll and sea shanties”, said Mainly Acoustic.

Described by a radio presenter as “one of the finest traditional folk artists in NZ”, Nigel Parry’s unique mix of contemporary, traditional and early music relies heavily on his vocal arrangements. Hailing from the UK Nigel was originally a rock singer and turned to folk music through friends, historical events and real ale.

Nigel now lives in Wellington and in the last 5 years has performed solo, in duos and bands, at events and music venues around New Zealand, in festivals and live on radio in the UK, France and Canada. His largest recent performance was in front of 10,000 at the “People’s Climate March”, from the steps of Parliament, invited to present new song When The Rain Comes.

In 2014 Nigel was voted People’s Choice for the Wellington Folk Festival, performing on the main stage. The year before he released a new studio album, “Row Out to your ship of dreams”.




New start time of 7pm with a great lineup of music for you

 We had such a good response that our new time for Fridays will be 7pm so that party goers don’t miss out on the music

Breaking news. ELOCAL have kindly written a full page editorial in their October edition. You can pick up a copy from Blondies All Day or click on this link to read page 25 ELOCAL

After the success of last months club arvo we are back. Filming for our club promo will continue on Saturday the 25th November at 3pm with LA Thompson and Janne Guitargirl and interviews with Sean from local band Hault.

Janne Guitargirl is celebrating her birthday on Friday the 8th so I hope you can come along and enjoy our club night in tribute to her for such outstanding work in the music communities throughout Tauranga. Without Janne many of you may not have participated in The LMM Club New Zealand wide community music club performing songs composed by some of our top and little known songwriters. Janne writes a column for a local paper showcasing musicians and venues. Janne has also submitted her second song for Local Musicians Music compilation CD following her debut track Seasons which you can purchase direct from Bandcamp. See you on Friday if you can make it to Tauranga.


 Available on Bandcamp or signed copies can be ordered direct from this website or by contacting our artists manager Shirley Howe on

Out now on Bandcamp and in stores mid September.

LA Thompson returns after a 3 month break from live performing. With special guest artists Geoff Horne to add a fantastic mix to LA’s music “LAce” debuts at Pepperjacks.

Come along and celebrate Janne Guitargirl’s birthday with our team from The LMM Club. Singing songs from some of New Zealand’s greatest composers with a mix of our own compositions. The LMM Club is dedicated to keeping it Kiwi.  Club members enjoy free food and everyone can enjoy the music. No cover charge and happy hour drinks from 5pm. Join on the night to enjoy club member benefits.

Next up for The LMM Club is our gig at Auckland’s Backbeat featuring several hot acts and special guests local band Barrelhouse. Toucan will join our fantastic lineup tonight. Unfortunately Anthony and Ron cannot attend our show tonight.

Please welcome Paul and Penny from My Pennysworth joining our great lineup on Friday. Only a few sleeps left before The LMM Club returns to Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand. Great food and a fantastic view. Come along for some sweet sounds.

Breaking news!!!!!! Geoff Horne releases his very first album exclusive to Local Musicians Music, Bandcamp and Geoff. A fantastic achievement and we all look forward to hearing him perform on the 17th August at Backbeat above the Rock Shop in Auckland. Album release party date to be set for later in the year.

The LMM Club is fortunate to be hosted at Brew Craft Beer and Pub in Tauranga and at Auckland’s Backbeat above the Rockshop. We are also sponsored a PA system from Music Planet in Wellington along with posters from Pressprint thanks to Andrew Smit better known as Whiskey Jazz sax player from Frankencopter. Big thanks to Janne in Tauranga for the use of your PA every month you are such a rare find in a competitive industry. Thanks to Nigel Parry for his continued support in Wellington and we wish you well Rob Whelan.

Thank  you to everyone who came along to our club night in Auckland, due its success Backbeat have invited us back on the 17th August.  For those of you who live in and around Tauranga or want a fantastic location for a weekend holiday then we are back by popular demand at Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand with special guest artist from Auckland “Geoff Horne”. Geoff’s single is featured on our homepage with his album pending a release date. Well done Geoff we look forward to you joining our Tauranga club members on Friday.

 We are very excited to announce a new addition to The LMM Club with Barrelhouse joining NZ Music month celebrations so please join me in giving a warm welcome to our featured band.

 Looking forward to a fantastic NZ Music Month celebration with Wellington club members joining our Tauranga team. Rob Whelan, Nigel Parry and LA Thompson are on tour as “Encore” acoustic classic rock/pop/country and folk mix.

Very excited to update our news for Auckland club nights. Kara Gordon will join Chris Barclay, Nate Kruse, Geoff Horne, Kerryn and LA Thompson for a fantastic lead up to NZ Music Month. Coming up prior to the 25th April are a few special events one is the opening of The Shady Lady on the 20th April with our very own Rob Whelan performing on the 21st April from 8pm until 11pm. We will showcase several club members every Friday and Saturday so keep an eye on the advertising via Facebook and eventfinder. Some very cool winter venues all around New Zealand supporting our local talent.

A word from our sponsor – THE LMM CLUB has enjoyed many high’s this year one being the release of volume 3 our compilation CD featuring 16 tracks. The generosity of the Music Planet in Wellington has seen our club secure the use of a PA and sound system which our covers band “Encore” will use to travel with during their tour representing The WLMM Club band. Several of our club members are now enjoying increased live performance work and increased interest in them due to the marketing of their individual profiles. Shirley encourages artists to promote their profiles, create good quality music videos and to continue recording and submitting their songs for promotions to radio. We have had success with More FM Coromandel, Radio Active and several digital radio stations playing our music. LMM has no control over which producers will add our songs to their playlists but persistence does pay off. It is time to release volume 3 on a larger scale using a New Zealand owned distributor which I will reveal the details of later this month. Thank you to everyone involved in helping make our club successful. Winter is upon us so lets keep the momentum going and have some fun!!!

Very cool lineup for April celebration!

Special guest artist Michael Wingfield will travel from Dunedin up to Wellington to join our Wellington club members along with LA Thompson making the trip from Coromandel. Huge welcome and thanks for supporting each other.

Huge line-up for our Tauranga celebrations

Next up is our gig at Carmen Jones featuring a bunch of very talented individuals.   Chris and LA are preparing for their guest appearance on The Dolly Parton Experience so you will get a sneak preview of The Dynamic Duo Thursday night.

Check out this cool video of a cover from Rob Whelan, Nigel Parry and myself from Sundays gig at The Village in Te Horo an hours drive before Wellington THE LMM CLUB BAND thanks to a fun day we are invited back to set up our music anytime in “The Shack” part of The Village complex

Tonight kicking off at 7.30pm Lone Star plays host to Wellingtons second club night hot on the heels of a successful opening night last month. Come along and enjoy club member benefits or as a non member be in the draw for dinner for two

Next up is our club night in Tauranga fantastic lineup of talented artists. Non club members are welcome and if you want to share in the large platters of hot and cold food provided to us by Brew chief then please pop your $5 koha in the little purple buckets with The LMM Club logo on the outside you can find these at our table and at the bar. Join on the night and be in the draw for a $1,500 recorded song and promotions package donated by Local Musicians Music founder Shirley Howe aka LA Thompson

Back by popular demand Whiskey Jazz will feature alongside our newest club member Geoff Horne talent not to be missed. See you after 6pm for pre-show networking and drinks with an $11 drink and nibble special for club members. Free entry for non club members with a $5 koha appreciated to cover the Sound Engineer Bob is appreciated

Fantastic afternoon scheduled for Sunday 19th March with Rob Whelan representing The LMM Club. Great signage thanks to the Keryn and her family we are in for a fantastic afternoon

Huge night at The Dogs Bollix Thursday 2nd March. You can catch out team at Brew Craft Beer Pub on Friday the 10th kicking off at 6pm till 9pm. Register you Artist Profile and Song Registration to secure an opportunity for $1,500 recorded song and promotions package

  Tonight the lovely Karen Davy will perform her own compositions and two special guest artists have recently joined our club and will perform from 7.30pm onwards. Don’t forget your $5 koha for our club if you are a non member. To be in the draw for an electric guitar with hardcase and a yamaha organ you need to donate $10 to our club or join for the low annual fee of $40 giving you free admission to all participating venues

We are very excited to be opening at CARMEN JONES thanks to the new management of an iconic venue formerly known as Kamo. Our team is looking forward to a great evening of networking and music. Come along and see who takes home a takamini guitar and hardcase. There are other instruments and gifts waiting in the wings for a new home. Club members will enjoy nibbles and drink specials. Non club members are welcome and a cash koha is appreciated

Huge opening night for our nationwide community music club The LMM Club what a fantastic turnout for our debut at Wellingtons Lounge Room above Lone Star in Tory Street. As a result of such a great night management has asked us back on Friday the 17th March kicking off at 6pm. Thank you to Rob Whelan for his tireless promotions, Emma Gatsby and her musicians friend, Gracious Deviants, Music Planet for the PA sponsorship, Dani for great pics and all of the friends and fans who turned up to make this one of our best club nights to date! Hosting our club nights is a highlight in my busy music schedule so I just want to take the time to let you all know how appreciated you all are. We have a great team and a growing culture of like-minded songwriters, performers, producers, camera and video people pretty much anyone wanting to network and enjoy NZ composed music of all genre. See you this week at Carmen Jones on K’rd in Auckland from 5pm Thursday the first of many club nights to be held once a month. If you miss out on the Thursday around the corner at The Dogs Bollix you can find several of our team from 6pm onwards on Thursday 2nd March then again in Tauranga on Friday 10th March. In each of our venues hosting our club nights the club offers different benefits to club members and non members are very welcome to come along and enjoy the social side of our meetings along with the awesome music. LAx

I am excited to announce Karen Davy Perrett  (click on the link to Karen’s FB page) will perform her own composition on Thursday 2nd February between 8pm and 9pm so don’t miss out on this rare treat!

Very happy to announce the lineup for The LMM Club opening night at the lounge room above the Lonestar in Tory Street, Wellington. Going to be an epic night. Rob Whelan is our official promotions manager and a fine job he has done promoting all of you in readiness for our once a month club night. Meet and greet starts at 5pm and I envisage the music kicking off at 6pm on-wards

Thank you to everyone who supports all of our members from The LMM Club. If you are a songwriter or love singing NZ composed covers and want promotional help with your live performances or to organize an EP or album launch then our team is a great network of artists ready to assist your journey. Contact for info or register as an artist

Chris and I would like to invite you to The Landmark RSA corner bar in Panmure for a great mix of easy listening to upbeat covers. We are available for bookings from March on-wards. We have a couple of dates available left in February for private or corporate functions email for info

Fantastic night at Brew-craft beer pub and as a result of a hugely successful evening we are back on Friday the 10th February and every 2nd Friday of the month indefinitely

Wahoo!!!!! Tonight is the night! See you on The Strand 5pm sharp for a fantasitc night of NZ music, meet the musicians behind the sounds. Your host LA and Janne our hard working promotions manager for Tauranga is looking forward to our first of many club nights planed for 2017. An exciting start to the year with The LMM Club opening in Tauranga. Spot prizes, musical instrument raffles. Hot and cold platters of food plus pizza free to all club members and more! Join today and enjoy free admission to all participating venues throughout NZ. Summer sounds by the seashore!

THE LMM CLUB NATIONWIDE NZ MUSIC TRIBUTE SHOW We have our singers, bands, sound engineers, and lighting for our first ever tribute show celebrating NZ music and musicians. Dress rehearsals open to the public are held once a month starting on Thursday the 19th January at The Dogs Bollix in Auckland 5pm doors open. Club member discounts,  non club members welcome, please bring a cash koha to be in the draw for dinner for two at one of participating restaurants, a years free club membership for a friend, tshirts, caps, musical instruments and spot prizes during the night

THE LMM CLUB invites you to a wonderful afternoon of music and scenery second to none at the Lakeside Resort.

THE LIMEROOM    has recently re-located retaining its great food and service topped by music to compliment the stunning surroundings. Join us at 4pm till 6pm for a Saturday session

Thank you Julz from BRO-CCAAB Chris Barclay and LA Thompson enjoyed performing for your fundraiser we wish you all the best and hope to be part of raising awareness about these amazing kids. The smiles on their faces it was fantastic to be a part of this awesome cause

THE LMM CLUB is back at The Dogs Bollix on Thursday 1st December for their Christmas party. Come along with your instruments and voices. Perform alongside our team for one night only and be entertained by Chris Barclay, Kerryn, Caro and LA Thompson. Join in the fun. Sound check 6.30 pm with Rob. Giveaways, raffles, beer and burger specials and more!!!

THE LMM CLUB Friday is around the corner and The LMM Club is riding a wave of successful opening nights with lots of good music, food and fun times. Manaia Cafe & Bar will play host to our 3rd club night. Discounted membership forms will be available on the night and you can also be in the draw for an acoustic takamini guitar with hardcase, The LMM Club Tshirt, mug and one years free club membership for a friend or family. Club member benefits on the night include $5 specials on selected drinks and a $20 pizza and wine

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Join THE LMM CLUB and be in the draw for your gift of a Takamini acoustic guitar, The LMM Club Tshirt, one year free membership for a friend and free entry to all participating venues. This offer is extended until the 1st of December where we will host Aucklands 2nd Club night at The Dogs Bollix

Huge success for THE LMM CLUB OPENING NIGHT  lmm-club-3rd-dec-16  fun times at The Dogs Bollix with my team. Check out our gallery over the next few days for more pics. We are back at The Dogs

VOLUME 3  the-lmm-club-cd-cover I am happy to announce we are taking order’s for our 3rd compilation CD. A great mix of pop, country, rock, blues and a little something for you surf punk fans. You have heard our songs, seen our music video’s now you can support NZ music and musicians and purchase our CD lovingly put together for you! My team and I would like to thank you so much for all of your support over the past three years. We have gone from strength to strength. You can pre-order our CD from our shop or LA Thompson’s Facebook

The VAC (Variety Artist Club)  vac-la-thompson-september-2016-vac help every 1st Monday of the month played host to one of our own club members. LA Thompson enjoyed being included in this great lineup of talented performers

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Shirley Howe  Shirley Howe pic for marketing_edited-1  Founder of LMM is happy to announce!  Mediaworks which includes The Sound, Mai FM, The Breeze and More FM along with 95BFM are advertising The LMM Club in their Community News and 95BFM will also name all our Featured Artists in the lead up to opening night at The Dogs Bollix on Thursday the 3rd November. This is huge advertising for us and hopefully goes a long way to helping our nationwide NZ music club grow

Join The LMM Club LMM volume 3 cd cover  today and be featured on opening night New Zealand wide! Joss Bines is on the job designing a fantastic poster for NZ to get to know who and where we are!

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Please welcome Jake Tait and his team from The Volume Collective. Radio, music production, music video’s and more! A wonderful community initiative from a bunch of innovative talented people

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Breaking news!!!! The LMM Club proudly sponsored by Local Musicians Music will hold their very first club night at local venue The Dogs Bollix Thursday the 3rd November. Details on who will feature in our Band, solo and duo categories will be made available on Eventfinder, Facebook and advertised on local radio in the lead-up to our Nationwide Music Club

Check out pages 37 and 43 in NZ Musician magazine volume 19 for the latest story on The LMM Club and Local Musicians Music pioneering platform for emerging and established artists. Thanks to Richard owner of NZ Musician magazine first established 27 years ago in support of NZ music

The LMM Club Welcome to our nationwide Indie Music Club showcasing New Zealand music! Join now and receive discounts, free admission to participating venues, performance opportunities, nationwide promotions and more! Why NZ Music? So often we get to hear one good song written by a songwriter played over and over on the radio and hardly ever hear what else is on their album. The LMM Club offers a stage for all the thousands of great Kiwi songs to be covered by you!

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LMM (Local Musicians Music) is happy to announce our Nationwide Indie Artist Kiwi Music Club Open Night at The Dogs Bollix in Auckland on Thursday 8th September. Bring your instruments and NZ Songs. PA onsite no door charge. Resident Band available for those Artists wanting backing. To become a Club member please email or click HERE for your membership form. Proudly sponsored by

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LA Thompson co-hosted Radio Dunedin Breakfast Show on Saturday the 30th April with Presenter Graeme Fyffe interviewing the stunning Tina Cross to name one of our high profile New Zealand artists!





Janne grew up on a farm. Her parents were share-milkers for a while so Janne’ earliest musical influences were listening to what her parents heard on the radio and on records. “They were both fabulous ballroom dancers so that’s where the rhythm came in I guess”. Janne still loves to shake it on the dance floor and can rattle a mean tambourine.
Janne loved music from an early age and got her first guitar when in primary school. Janne remembers cycling to school with the guitar slung across her back. Janne still has that very guitar, with the hummingbird scratch plate.
In high school Janne was a foundation member of the school’s Show Band as was good friend Glenn Carley, they had some fun times playing for school productions. The school had them doing odd jobs to raise money for a canteen to be built and because Janne raised the most money in the school they gave her an amplifier to go with her electric guitar. Janne went along to a local country music club for a while but didn’t like to be limited to just one musical genre.

The electric guitar was sold and the acoustic guitar stored away while her focus shifted to job, husband and children. The guitar had a brief airing for kid’s songs but not too inspired by the wheels of the bus, so back in storage again.

Many years later and single again, Janne picked up her guitar and found that playing and singing helped her through some dark days, it was a great healing therapy. Janne had never tried to write a song before but knew she was good with poetry and harmonies so decided to give it a go.

Janne’s first song was written towards the end of 2009 and many muscian buddies relate when she tells them it was a break-up song. Affairs of the heart do tend to bring out strong emotions to the fore and music is a healthy safe way to express yourself.

One day in October 2011 Janne saw on telly that the cargo ship Rena had run aground on the Astrolabe reef and saw the devastating effect it had on the environment and wildlife. Janne sat down and cried, picked up a pen and paper and in 20 minutes had written the lyrics to Bleeding Oil which now available on YouTube as a fundraiser. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Kinsella Music studio her song was well-received.

Janne became involved with the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club and has formed friendships from this group that will last a lifetime. The relationships have enabled her to meet people like David Shanhun who listened to her songs and encouraged her to keep writing, Brendan Power who inspired her to pick up a harmonica and Shona Laing. Janne had been a fan of Shona’s from my early days of learning guitar. Little did Janne know back then that she would one day have the opportunity to sing a half hour slot of her own songs as the opening act for Shona’s concert performed in Tauranga. Shona has also been very encouraging of Janne’s songwriting.

Janne has been performing in the Tauranga region in several venues and in different musical combinations over the past few years, mostly garden centres, cafes, restaurants, pubs, retirement homes, at club concerts and music festivals, and more recently at open mic nights. This has enabled Janne to embrace many different musical genres as she loves to play with other musicians with varying instruments.

Janne has continued to write songs and with the release of her single “Seasons” is grateful to be able to meet like-minded musicians to play alongside and help her on her music journey. With the help of The LMM Club Janne has performed regularly at Brew Craft Beer Pub on the Strand in Tauranga and been a guest in Auckland at the Dogs Bollix, The Junction in Thames and will be invited to tour with LA later in 2017. “Thankyou LA Thompson for showing me how to continue to grow as a recording and performing artist.”





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.


Singer/Songwriter, Mother, full-time employed in sales, Kerryyn has managed to fit into her busy schedule, work as a parttime performer. Based in Auckland Kerryns love of songwriting and her desire to share her own music prompted her to join our team at LMM.

Never missing an opportunity to be creative Kerryn involves herself in anything to do with music. With a family growing to adulthood themselves this has left Kerryn free to make music her priority and as Kerryns Boys are older there is time to focus on her creative self.

Kerryn is a story teller using music to express herself. Kerryn is planning to set off around NZ promoting and singing her music.








Brownie has spent the past 24 years honing his musicianship craft both here in New Zealand and in Western Australia. With a diverse range of original material from blues/rock, country/rock and rock

Brownies first band “Tyson” developed a good following in a very short space of time due to sharing the passion and raw energy that Brownie has continued with throughout his musical career. Forming a duo called “The Connection” with New Zealand Rock n Roll piano legend Gerry Lee, the dynamic duo was an act not to be missed. After going there own ways, Gerry Lee with The Decotos and Brownie forming the band Kopious, Brownie returned to songwriting and performing a mix of originals and covers at corporate and private functions, pubs and clubs. Their following soon grew as people new that they were always going to get a great, high energy show. During this period Brownie also did a stint with “The Big Guys Show Band”

Bownie wanted to concentrate more on his originals so moved to Perth, Western Australia. He performed as a soloist for the first few years in W.A performing at concerts and festivals playing his original material. During this period of his career Brownie meet NZ Blues Harmonica Queen “Lindy Rooney” (Muttley). The dynamic duo soon established “Browndog and The Muttleys” which became very popular at Corporate events including the Australian summer Nats Hod Rod Show, blues and country festivals, private functions, clubs and pubs

Brownie has been continued to write songs and has now moved back home to NZ to be with his family and friends. He will also record a couple of home grown albums.

Brownie has always enjoyed NZ audiences and is passionate about getting back out on the road in his homeland with his energy




Emma Gatsby is a relatively unknown artist here in New Zealand.  She is however no stranger to stage and studio, having spent 17 years working in the music scene in the UK and performing most recently on stages at many well known festivals including Glastonbury, The Big Green Gathering and Bestival, where she has enchanted audiences with her unique style of music.  Her songs come directly from the powerful life experiences that have woven the fabric of her spiritual life and adventures in relationships.

Her powerful singing voice has afforded her the opportunity to sing live in the very early days of Massive Attack, who come from her home town of Bristol and sing lead solos for a performing gospel group… Brighton Goes Gospel.

Enjoying the 90’s dance scene, Emma wrote and co-produced Not Sorry which was white labelled and played on numerous dance floors in the early 2000’s.  During her time touring with Elliots Sleeping, a popular UK band covering powerful artists such as Alanis Morrisettte,  Annie Lennox and Sheryl Crow, Emma continued to write many originals, leading her to form the band Gaia.  Gaia started building momentum but soon folded due to Emma moving into motherhood.  She stayed off of the performing circuit for a while at that time but as always continued to write her compelling heart songs and worked part time as a session singer.

Returning to the stage after a six year break, Emma hit the festival scene as a solo artist, this time honing her material to the point of being ready for accompaniment once again.  She is now performing a selection of solo material together with some more developed tracks with her new band that consists of cello, acoustic percussion, Spanish guitar and bass.

Emma is currently performing songs from her soon to be produced album Stories in Song.





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’.




Hailing from Dunedin, Katharticus’ music ranges from Surf Punk to Post Rock and nearly everything between. Their music is typified by melodic feel-good heavy guitar Party Rock songs and tunes with an emotional outpouring of soaring guitars with progressive overtones and deep searching heart-felt lyrics. The trio can be found regularly gigging throughout Otago and Southland.

They released their debut album Katharticus, in early 2010 which contained the singles Kiss Me K8 and Mouvery Shuffle. Katharticus attained album of the week on Kiwi FM in February 2010, with the single Mouvery Shuffle hitting their top twenty and staying in their playlist for nigh on a year. Several tracks appeared on various other radio stations including National Radio, Radio One, Volcano Radio, OAR FM,and Puketapu Radio, not to mention varying assorted overseas radio stations.

This was followed by their second album Metro Angel which was released in late 2013. Their controversial political satire song Happy Place was often aired on the Postman Show and attained international notoriety when it was featured on the infamous American conspiracy journalist’s Vinny Eastwood Show’s Home Page and then on at least a couple of American radio stations. Also the epic 18:46 minute Gypsy Wind was featured in a compilation album alongside songs from the likes Billy T K Senior.

They have recently released their first video clip for a new song; Don’t Blink and are about to release an exciting new single Blow The Comfort Zone, complete with a video clip.

The trio consists of Michael Wingfield (aka Wingi) – Vocals/Guitars/Ukuleles/Keys, Greg Trounson – Bass/Triangle and Craig Whyte – Drums/Cymbals. They exude an infectious attitude of intense fun and passion in their energetic live shows. This was very evident when in early 2015 when the band continued to gig relentlessly despite Wingi breaking his foot which they saw as a golden opportunity to emblazon his plaster cast with the band’s infamous cat logo.