ROBERT EDWARDS

Rob has had a successful sporting career representing New Zealand but for the last two decades. Rob redirected his focused on his writing and performing.

Rob is a man of many talents both poet and published author of his book “Rising Together”.

Rob has released 3 Studio albums, one of which was endorsed by the Vodafone music awards in 2017.

Rob loves live shows and holds them on a weekly basis. Some of his gigs have been at The Thirsty Dog,  Muddy Farmer, Spirit’d bar, The Herald Theatre, The Pumphouse Theatre and The Vic in Devonport. Rob loves performing in the heart of the community where he currently focuses in rest homes, retirement villages and house concerts. Rob has also created and hosted more than 20 theatre shows promoting and showcasing emerging artists to the stage.

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BRETT HOWES

Brett Howes has written several beautiful heartfelt songs. Two of which are currently being prepared for the filming of his first ever music videos with LA Thompson singing and playing the lead for “Lovelight” and “My Angel”. These songs are not as commercial as “Lonely Jack” or a song written especially for the remembrance of Passchendaele.

Brett is an optometrist by day and songwriter when inspired. Brett works closely with Keyboardist/producer Kevin Crowe and Shirley Howe aka LA Thompson. A planned writing collaboration is anticipated for later this year.

Brett doesn’t have a Facebook page to visit him on but you can see get to know him through the lyrics of his song and if you need a good eye specialist his add is permanently in Whitianga’s local paper The Informer.

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.

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

She has been a vocalist in original/covers band Road To Amber, and performed with all-girl band Lace. LA and Chris Barclay form their Dynamic Duo, and LA enjoys a busy solo artist career, performing at many local and national venues, including more recently 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, playing a mix of originals from her album ‘New Sun Rising’, and covers.

LA (also known as Shirley to her friends) is the founder and manager of Local Musicians Music, and formed The LMM Club late last year.

LA is currently on tour around NZ, performing her songs, and also working hard to promote and set up The LMM Club 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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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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JUSTIN WILLIAMS

Justin Williams is a lyricist who grew up in the 80’s with a love of writing and music. Kiss and Meatloaf are a couple of his favourite bands. Music always felt part of his soul.

Unfortunately during a singing session at primary school it was pointed out that Justin didn’t have a good singing voice, playing instruments was also difficult but music and songs continued to be played at home.

Through the years he started to pay closer attention to the words his favourite singers put into their songs opening up the sleeve of their latest album releases and following the lyrics as they were sung through the tape machine.

On the last day of his schooling at Hawera High, he picked up a pen and wrote. What came out were some pretty rough lyrics but his passion had been ignited.

As the next few years rolled by more lyrics came and 3 musicians launched themselves to the forefront of Justin’s life. Those lyrics were turned into rough demos  some with a lot of promise and others…..well….

In 1997 Justin stepped back from writing, moved towns embracing new experiences and not a lot of time for writing.

Until one night in August 2016….. Inspired by a dream fifteen years earlier, Justin set to work and after twenty minutes a full set of lyrics were written. The desire had come steaming back.

With a new approach fresh material were being written while the search started for a musician to turn his lyrics into a song. In December 2016 Tobin appeared and that first inspired page of words was developed into “Wash Away”.

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PANGELLUCUS

Pangellucus formerly known as The Pan Le Parne and Parnaelle has been performing and recording since 2000. He lived in Auckland for several years busking and selling his first album titled “Pied Piper” which was released on iTunes and Spotify etc in 2013. Pangellucus sold 1,700 physical copies of his first album and hopes to emulate this with his new releases.

2017 was an exciting year with his song entry titled “Nothing Comes For Free” for “Best alternative rock song” competition held in California, 2017. This gave Pangellucus the confidence to approach LA Thompson owner of Local Musicians Music. The LMM Network then invited him to perform in Tauranga and again at their BnB 4 Bands open day held in Tahawai, Katikati earlier this year. Since the formation of a working relationship with LMM he is now on the journey of producing a body of work in readiness for his second album release titled “Holy Grail”

His music is its own stand-alone Rock genre called “Pan Rock” which is a new rock fusion incorporating the pan pipes into a retro old school vibe.

‘Heaven Is A Bliss – Song For Songs” was written in 2018 exploring Heaven and the power of song. Pangellucus is an extremely spiritually motivated songwriter.

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KATHARTICUS

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.

 

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MECUZINE

MECUZINE

“A band for the ages”

Mecuzine is the complete package. A blend of seasoned performers and youthful, exuberant talent combined with brilliant song-writing, subtle arrangements and dynamic performances.

Tony Johns (aka T) the front man, is a singer song writer and modern day storyteller who castes a refreshing new light on issues which seldom attract the spotlight.  With an explosive guitar style and a voice and onstage presence which eminates from the deepest recesses of his soul, T lures you into the passion and the pain. Working with icons of the NZ music industry like Mike Chunn, Bruce Lynch and Don McGlashin, T has had publishing deals,  and has released his songs in every format. As front man and song writer for “BLONDE COMEDY” and “NATIONAL ANTHEM”  he performed in venues of all shapes and sizes, from pubs to concerts, and with artists from the top draw like INXS, SPLIT ENZ, BILLY IDOL, MIDNIGHT OIL and  DIVINYLS.

Tony Lumsden, bass playing supremo and BVs, undoubtably the most internationally significant bass player out of little ol’ New Zealand.  You will never hear him say it, but Tony has played, toured or recorded with rock royalty here and abroad, including: THE CURE, ELVIS COSTELLO, HELLO SAILOR, JANE HELLRIEGEL ANDREW FAGAN, RICKY MORRIS.

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Joseph Johns, son of T, rhythm guitarist and BVs, formerly of “CHILD” and Mike Walsh drummer, ex “EDDIES NECK ROLL” and “FIRST BASE”.  Both of immense talent which, under the steady hands and deep experience surrounding them, will see the cream rise to the top.  And finally, John Beech on keys and other assorted sounds – formerly of “SHADE” and Godfather (“don’t fuck with me”) of the band who lived and breathed the cosmic musical cataclysm of the late 60s and 70s, and claims to be ‘hangin’ in here to make sure the young fellas don’t forget where this all began”.

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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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MY PENNYWORTH

Paul Hoggard and Penny Rowsell-Hoggard are local singer/songwriters from Aongatete (near Tauranga) who have now been together for about 10 years. During that time they have taken their songs over the length of this country and have toured through UK and Ireland twice whist in between finding time to make 4 albums of their own music. With roots in folk music and in the pop/rock music of the 70’s and 80’s they have settled on a fine mix of songs that take you on journeys, tell stories and provide you with a palette of timbre through change in instruments and rhythms to keep you entertained. Their melody and harmony arrangements will hook and draw you deeper into the songs. At one of these concerts these days you are also likely to hear a couple of cover songs they love and have stood the test of time.

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