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Paekak In The Park 2012

Paekak In The Park 2012

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  • Sat 10 Mar ’12, 12:00pm – 5:00pm


Campbell Park, Wellington Rd, Paekakariki


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Paekak In The Park is back for the second year with a stellar line-up in Campbell Park's lovely dell. Featuring Shogun Orchestra, Sven Olsen's Brutal Canadian Love Saga, 600 Miles From Bluff, Franck Monnet, and Hurricane Shayn Wills.

Shogun Orchestra is the latest project from gifted composer and saxophone player Lucien Johnson following his return to Wellington after ten years based in Paris and playing in far flung places. Drawing on his impressions in Haiti after spending three months there working on a theatre production, Lucien commandeered crack musicians from The Yoots and - adding a few supplementary soloists including Venezuelian singer Jennifer Zea - transformed the group into a dynamic ensemble of eclectic world-fusion. Shogun Orchestra is a vehicle for Lucien's compositions and the melodies and rhythms he has absorbed during his travels in East Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Subcontinent. The band will next play at WOMAD.

"Beautiful, celebratory, uplifting, with grooves that seem to wrap themselves around the world" - Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand

600 Miles From Bluff is a hot new all-chick country covers quartet featuring Rosy Tin Teacaddy's Holly Jane Ewens and Janet Holborow, Shona Jaunias and Melissa Garber from The Crimson Club. According to the familiar song, Paekakariki is "North of the polar region/And only 600 miles from Bluff/You get there by carrier pigeon/Those birds in New Zealand are tough", and to this song the town's newest musical offering stay true.

"We have a lot of fun putting the gorgeous songs of Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and even the Eurythmics through a filter of violin, cello, kick-drum and piano-accordion mixed with a traditional four-part harmony," says lead vocalist and guitarist Holly Jane Ewens, "it's a lovely change from playing solely original material - less precious and more yeehah, let's stomp our feet and have a darn good time." And that they do.

Sven Olsen's Brutal Canadian Love Saga are a delightful chamber pop orchestra made up of a loose collective of 16+ musicians from Wellington, Auckland and Tauranga. "Aotearoa's answer to The Go-Betweens. Warm, literate and witty. Comfortably sad one minute, tentatively joyous the next. A little bit country and a big bit folk." - Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times

Some Svens: Nigel Beckford (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Clyde Clemett (classical/steel/electric guitars), Janet Thomson (vocals), Murray Costello (bass, mandolin), Tim Robinson (drums/percussion), Brenton and Belinda Veitch (cello and violin), Erica Challis (French horn), Grant Hannis (trumpet), Jeremy Taylor (vocals), Steven Hinderwell (guitar, banjo), Patrick Fitzsimons (clarinet), Jacob Perkins (guitar), John Fletcher (piano/keyboards), Jenny Alexander (vocals), Oscar Mulheron (vocals).

Hurricane Shayn Wills is a Kapiti legend who's been playing the blues since he was 12 and now travels regularly to Australia, the UK, and all over New Zealand to perform his take on Mississippi Delta Blues complete with wild harmonica riffs. Shayn has played support for a who's who of blues legends Albert King, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, John Hammond Jnr, Canned Heat, and Duke Robillard.

Franck Monnet is an acclaimed French folk-pop singer and composer whose songs have been recorded by French stars such as Vanessa Paradis, M (aka Matthieu Chedid) and Vincent Delerm. He is also a writer and and a film composer. Franck came to New Zealand a few years ago on an artist's residency with support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, fell in love with a local lass (and Paekakariki:) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Bring a picnic blanket and come enjoy Paekakariki's legendary hospitality. Suitable for music lovers of all ages. Yummy food available.

Contact: Helen Keivom 0272584251

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