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.

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“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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.