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The Shirleybyrds Album Release

The Shirleybyrds Album Release

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  • Sat 13 Oct ’18, 8:00pm – 11:00pm


Vinyl Destination, 52 Devonport Rd, Tauranga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $23.00

From pop to rock to country to jazz, Shirley believes The Shirleybyrds new album should provide something enjoyable for everyone to listen to.

The band features Shirley Ryder (songwriter) on vocals and acoustic guitar, Graeme Hardaker (of Red Light Nun fame who has played with many New Zealand icons) on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Jeff Nilson (of Electric Universe and Black Rose fame) on drums and David Thompson on bass. Tim Julian (The Colour Field Studio owner) slots in nicely, adding keyboards, mandolin and other bits and pieces.

Bruce Rolands (of Brilleaux fame) will be adding more guitar to the band, making it a six piece line up, when the band play live at Vinyl Destination for their CD Launch on 13 October 2018. Look out for blues man Grant Haua, one half of Swamp thing, as he opens up for The Shirleybyrds.

Funnily enough, I Wonder What Became of Leia was named after Shirley's cat, who disappeared from home one day. Originally the band had written a song called Leia on their first album. All this came about because Shirley's daughter had been given a home work task of writing a song about something that made her happy and her cat, Leia, was all that she could think of that met this criteria. Shirley wrote the song for her effectively doing her homework for her, and then reworked the song for her own album because she liked it so much.

After a shocking stage four ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2017, Shirley decided to dip into her bucket list and record a lifetime collection of her songs. She approached her band members to help her achieve this goal, and together everyone contributed their time and effort to record this album at The Colour Field Studio in Tauranga.

Against all odds, Shirley is in remission today after chemotherapy, major surgery, alternative medicines and a lot of prayer. She says she depends upon her faith in God to get her through the bad days and enjoys life moment by moment.

Currently receiving radio airplay is the band's new song Around You Spin Me which Shirley wrote a few years back. A fun, summery song, with visions of the thrill of finding new love set against the theme of a fairground attraction, this song was filmed as a music video at Soundtree Productions and is just one of the songs you can find on the album recorded at The Colour Field Studio.

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