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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SCOTT McB

Scott McB is a singer songwriter from Auckland city New Zealand. He has been playing guitar since the age of 15 and more recently a vocalist. Scott has been writing his own material since the age of 16 and continues to develop his craft as a musician.

Growing up, Scott was immersed in music at a young age with his parents being into classical music and also 60s music. Scott exposed himself to lots of different types of music growing up from electronica, reggae, punk, metal and acoustic music.

Scott draws influences from many genres with some not being typical for a singer songwriter. Scott used to play in heavy metal/rock bands that have had professional releases and have been played on many local radio stations such as the Axe Attack and has toured through the North Island.

Scott’s musical goal is to create music that is genuine, honest, and positive which holds some form of feeling or meaning for his listeners. 2018 is an important year for Scott as he plans to release his debut singles and music video’s which contain his most proud and valued work so far in his musical career.

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KARA LOCKWOOD

All the way from Vancouver, Canada comes the gentle light yet boldly confident songstress, Kara Lockwood. Kara knew at a young age that she wanted to sing her songs to the world around her. Creative play and songwriting were among her happiest of past-times. Kara was a shy child and teenager but music gave her a voice and outlet to pour her range of colourful emotions.

In April of 2012 Kara released her first album “Free Child” and since then has released two more singles, “Words Can’t Express” and “Quiet Yearnings”.

In 2015 Kara went on her first music tour across Canada by train hopping from city to city via Rail. Kara loves to combine music with her passion for travel and has recently made the move overseas to New Zealand. Kara has a second album in the works. Her release date for this second album is scheduled for 2019.

Kara writes about life, faith, the creative process, overcoming inner battles and the dreamier side of life. Kara believes in having a core group of dedicated loyal followers rather than being world famous. Follow along and become a part of her musical journey and enjoy the ride.

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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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TONY LEE

Tony Lee started his musical interest by singing along with his mum while she played the piano. He has a brief stint.

Tony learned piano and joined the school choir in Intermediate school. It wasn’t until he turned 21 that he started taking a real interest in playing guitar and discovered that he had an ability to write songs and sing (although he had to give up smoking to assist with his vocals). This ability slowly progressed from playing in a covers band and progressed into an originals band called Ward 19, writing rock songs tindged with a bit of punk and country influence.

Tony Lee’s debut solo album was ‘Road Less Travelled’. The album received high accolades in the press with critics loving. Tony’s ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’ approach to songwriting.

Tony’s music video for ‘All that a man can do” has been internationally recognised by making the semi finals in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) and by getting nominated in the music video category at the Limelight Film awards in London. The video was produced by Neil Whitman who had made video’s for Chris Rea and Robbie Williams.

‘So far from the truth’ is the latest album from artist Tony Lee. The album embraces his shift to a new age country rock sound, which has been refined and embellished with catchy guitar riffs and rocking leads.

Still embracing Tony’s ‘heart on his sleeve’ style of writing, the songs cover a range of subjects including the death of his Dad, but they all come together under the banner of ‘Heartfelt songs about life’s daily struggle.

‘So far from he truth’ is Tony’s view of his world and how he thinks it should be, while admitting that he does not always see things the way he should.

 

 

 

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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KARA GORDON

Kara Gordon is a force to be reckoned with on the local and international scene. Kara 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 Kara has had the privilege and pleasure of performing alongside.

Kara 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. Kara is currently working on another album with his band the wreckage.

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JANNE IZETT

Janne grew up on a farm. Her parents were share-milkers for a while so Janne’s 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.”

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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.