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      Apr 2018

      Murray Clark

      If asked to describe the kind of music I do and play, I describe myself as a “hummer and a strummer”. I love singing and I’m into interesting voices and songs sung with passion and intensity. So, the songs I like to sing have to stand up musically, lyrically and have a strong story line. The songs I write hopefully reflect that. I grew up in a fairly pop-oriented period of time so some of the songs I cover and write reveal this and are about relating the music to life events. I have played most of the “ Music at the Rotunda” series of concerts since their inception. Provided music for the “Art in the Park” days most years. Organised and provided music for the Rotorua International Walking Festival since 2007 and played regularly at the Thursday Night Market since 2010.

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      Apr 2018

      Murray Clark

      If asked to describe the kind of music I do and play, I describe myself as a “hummer and a strummer”. I love singing and I’m into interesting voices and songs sung with passion and intensity. So, the songs I like to sing have to stand up musically, lyrically and have a strong story line. The songs I write hopefully reflect that. I grew up in a fairly pop-oriented period of time so some of the songs I cover and write reveal this and are about relating the music to life events. I have played most of the “ Music at the Rotunda” series of concerts since their inception. Provided music for the “Art in the Park” days most years. Organised and provided music for the Rotorua International Walking Festival since 2007 and played regularly at the Thursday Night Market since 2010.

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      Apr 2018

      Ponsonby Rd Jazz - Ben Wilcock

      Live at the Baby Grand Piano at Ponsonby Rd. The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand's finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in style. In 2003 he was the pianist in Indian Ink’s The Pickle King, which toured New Zealand and Singapore and eventually went on to win a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He spent the next five years performing in the UK as a resident pianist in jazz clubs and hotels in London, gigging with Latin bands, blues bands, recording for BBC Radio 4 and then moving back to New Zealand in 2008, where he now teaches at the NZ School of Music. Since resettling in New Zealand Ben has performed with many of New Zealand’s finest artists including Bella Kalolo, Hollie Smith, Aaradnha, Rodger Fox, Colin Hemmingsen, The Royal NZ Airforce Central Jazz Band, John Rae, Tim Hopkins, Reuben Bradley and many more. He has also played and workshopped with top international jazz acts visiting New Zealand such as Bennie Maupin. Ben has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, City of London, Origins (London), AWME, Tauranga Jazz Festival, G Taranaki, New Zealand Festival, Sounds Aotearoa, Taranaki and Nelson Arts Festivals.

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      Apr 2018

      Diamond Divas

      Tamati Coffey's favourite entry from New Zealand's Got Talent: Amanda Stevenson & Vikki Lee Smith were two vibrant, intelligent solo vocal artists from New Zealand (Aotearoa) when by chance they happened to sing together at a concert, they enjoyed it so much that in 2010 they decided to form Diamond Divas and since then Mandy & Vikki haven’t looked back. There is virtually nothing these ladies can’t sing and this gives them a musical flexibility, which, when coupled with their infectious personalities, creates a powerful and highly entertaining combination. Their musical style can only be described as diverse and ranges from Show tunes to R&B, Disco and Soul to Country and Classic Rock. Over the last 18 months, Diamond Divas have established themselves as one of the premier singing duos in the country which has seen them performing at a wide range of musical events such as community concerts, fundraisers, business expos’ and various music festivals within New Zealand. They also perform backing vocals regularly with Frankie Stevens for many of his live shows throughout the country.

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      Apr 2018

      Diamond Divas

      Tamati Coffey's favourite entry from New Zealand's Got Talent: Amanda Stevenson & Vikki Lee Smith were two vibrant, intelligent solo vocal artists from New Zealand (Aotearoa) when by chance they happened to sing together at a concert, they enjoyed it so much that in 2010 they decided to form Diamond Divas and since then Mandy & Vikki haven’t looked back. There is virtually nothing these ladies can’t sing and this gives them a musical flexibility, which, when coupled with their infectious personalities, creates a powerful and highly entertaining combination. Their musical style can only be described as diverse and ranges from Show tunes to R&B, Disco and Soul to Country and Classic Rock. Over the last 18 months, Diamond Divas have established themselves as one of the premier singing duos in the country which has seen them performing at a wide range of musical events such as community concerts, fundraisers, business expos’ and various music festivals within New Zealand. They also perform backing vocals regularly with Frankie Stevens for many of his live shows throughout the country.