Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
19 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 ART AND ENTERTAINMENT Phone 06 364 3022 now to make a booking The Red House Cafe 885 State Highway 1 Te Horo Fully Licensed and BYO Wine 7 Days Two course dinner for $28 Thursday through Sunday Enjoy two yummy courses while you warm up in front of the fire for just $28 per head. Just what the doctor ordered as winter approaches. And there's a roast on Sunday evening too. Pre-Winter Warm Ups at The Red House Cafe GIG GUIDE FRIDAY, JUNE 3 HARD CANDY, blues, alt country and boogie, 7.30pm, Lembas Cafe, Poplar Ave, Raumati South, $10. SUNDAY, JUNE 5 OTAKI LIVE MUSIC CLUB, 7pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Rangatira St, $2, 06 364 8991. FRIDAY, JUNE 10 SONGS OF LOVE AND LIFE, 7.30pm, Coasters Theatre, Hinemoa St, Paraparaumu. Tickets $19, from Ticketdirect or Coastlands customer service, 902 9885, also Saturday and 4pm Sunday. KARMABERRY AND RAUMATI STRAIGHTS, 7.30pm, Lembas Cafe, Poplar Ave, Raumati South, $10. SATURDAY, JUNE 11 MATARIKI CELEBRATION, lantern parade, 6pm, from Raumati South Community Park, Poplar Ave, followed by fire poi display, stories and kapa haka, and Raumati South Community Orchestra, 8pm, Raumati South Memorial Hall, Tennis Court Rd, $10/$5, under-16s free. SUNDAY, JUNE 12 PARAPARAUMU COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB, 1pm, Kapiti Community Centre, Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, $3, 902 2595. MULLED WINE CONCERT, Hutt City Brass Band, 2.30pm, Paekakariki Memorial Hall, The Parade, $20, 902 2283. TALES OF TENNESSEE, with Colleen Trenwith, Andrew London and Legal Tender, 3pm, Kapiti Club, Paraparaumu Beach, $20. VINYL COUNTDOWN, 3pm, Lembas Cafe, Poplar Ave, Raumati South, koha. Hard to miss and always a sweet treat Blues and alt country band Hard Candy bring their big sound mixed up with elements of boogie and swing to Lembas Cafe this Friday. Front gal Karen Clarke says American finger-picking guitar bluesman Bob Cooper-Grundy has a trunk load of string power, gator skin boots and more hurtin highway songs than he can sing in one session . Clarke s gutsy vocals and driving rhythm guitar give her an onstage presence that critics have described as anything from raw to sassy . Drummer Wayne Morris will join the band from his home base in Taranaki. According to his mother he s been a drummer since her third trimester of pregnancy and he has been hitting things for as long as she can remem- ber, said Clarke. Bassist Warwick Hill honed his rock skills in Wellington in the 80s and is now based in Hawke s Bay, where he performs in a number of collaborations, from folk to funk. Multi-instrumentalist Kate Marshall brings exceptional interpretive flair with violin, flute, and accordion, Clarke says. Marshall trained in classical piano at Auck- land University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Hard Candy, Friday 7.30pm, Lem- bas Cafe, Raumati South, $10. One grand hall session By MARGARET IRVINE Popular instrument: Grace Simmonds, right, with the ukulele section of the Raumati South Community Orchestra. Photo: PADDYRILEY.COM Raumati South s community orchestra has released its first DVD and is preparing for a Matariki celebration perform- ance in Raumati South. Member Phill Simmonds said the eight-song DVD was an experimental project recorded in the Raumati South Memorial Hall. The orchestra, consisting of 18 Kapiti ukulele players, 12 mandolin players, 17 singers and nine guest musicians, was recorded by sound engineer Dave Berry, filmed by three local film-makers and photo- graphed by Paddy Riley. We wanted to see how well the community hall transformed into a recording studio and we found it worked brilliantly, both for sound and for video, said Simmonds. Then there was the chal- lenge of working with the three sections, ukulele, man- dolin and choir. We had separ- ate workshops in the weeks leading up to the recording so nobody heard the full orches- tral sound until the evening we got together to record. The DVD beautifully captures the excitement we all felt when we heard all the instruments and voices together. He said the orchestra was a mix of seasoned musicians and others who only started playing their instrument the week before we recorded . The popularity of ukuleles has gone through the roof in recent years. We thought it would be a great idea to match a large group of ukuleles with a number of mandolins and see what happens. Then throw in baritone sax, clarinet, classical guitar, djembe and a whole lot of local people sing- ing their heart out. It s a powerful mix. Experienced guest musicians appearing with the orchestra included Tim Jaray on double bass, Janet Holborow on cello and Nigel Patterson on trumpet and penny whistle. Songs included Paul McCartney s Let it Be, and If I Were a Carpenter by Tim Hardin as well as original material by local songwriters. Raumati South s Matariki celebration on June 11 will be the orchestra s next outing. Not so much a performance as a community singalong, Simmonds said. The aim is to fill the hall with music and get everyone involved. Chords and lyrics will be projected on a large screen so everyone can join in. Matariki celebration, June 11, 6pm, Raumati South Village.
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