Nigel Parry

An award winning singer / songwriter who has performed in several countries, on radio, and major folk festivals. Nigel Parry weaves a unique journey from ancient to modern, heartbreaking to humorous.

So diverse he is currently working on 5 EPs.

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

Nigel is gaining a reputation as one of the best male vocalists around, with engaging live performances.

“I love Nigel’s clear tenor voice, especially the pure high notes, and he chooses songs well to complement it. His repertoire included whaling songs, love songs, closed bank songs (you had to be there), bird songs, a song about ageing disgracefully… with a voice like that, telling jokes is almost superfluous!  His set ended with a rousing encore … which had toes tapping and sent us all home on a high. Thanks Nigel for a lovely evening,” said Acoustic Routes Nelson.

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JIMI KARA

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

Jimi 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. Jimi is currently working on another album with his band the wreckage and has signed a record deal in the UK.

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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.

KERRYN

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.

 

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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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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.

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’.

Chris has contributed several songs to LMM compilation albums and his latest can now be streamed and purchased from Bandcamp.

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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 K8and Mouvery Shuffle.  Katharticusattained album of the week on Kiwi FM in February 2010, with the single Mouvery Shufflehitting 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 Angelwhich 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 minuteGypsy Windwas 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 Blinkand 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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