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Will Crummer And The Rarotongans - Nelson Arts Festival

Will Crummer And The Rarotongans - Nelson Arts Festival

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  • Sun 9 Oct ’11, 8:30pm – 9:30pm


Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early bird (closes 4 Sept) B res: $34.00
  • Full A res: $42.00
  • Full B res: $38.00
  • Under 18 A res: $30.00
  • Under 18 B res: $26.00
  • Early bird (closes 4 Sept) A res: $38.00

Will Crummer is a living Pacific treasure – a master singer and encyclopaedia of Polynesian song.

Will Crummer - lead vocals
Pat Williams - vocals, ukulele, guitar, Island log drums
Selina Patia - vocals, ukulele, guitar, log drums
Harry Tumupu - vocals, ukulele, guitar, bongos
Annie Crummer - vocals, Island bass drum
Darsha Brothers - Cook Island dancers

The father of New Zealand singing star Annie Crummer, Will was born in the small village of Turangi on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, where he grew up surrounded by music: the singing of his mother, his grandfather’s wind-up gramophone, the ukuleles and handmade percussion of the local string bands. And there was the radio, which brought him exotic voices from across the seas: Nat King Cole, Jim Reeves, Pat Boone and Elvis Presley were a few of his favourites. From these varied sources, Will Crummer forged his personal singing style, blending the crooning of the pop stars with the rich and romantic tradition of Rarotongan song.

In late 2010, Will Crummer went into Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios to record his first album (Shoebox Lovesongs, Ode Records) in four decades, accompanied by a group which includes daughter Annie on harmonies and pa’u (traditional Rarotongan bass drum) and son Pat on guitar and ukulele. Will is still singing as beautifully and soulfully as ever.

‘It (the music) conveys an exuberant joy of music-making with an infectious charm that insists you join in, even if it is only to grin along.’
Chris Bourke, New Zealand Listener

Nelson Arts Festival, 7 - 24 October 2011

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