#Why Music is the question at the heart of local charity, One Percent Collective’s, latest generosity journal. Joining host Martin Andrews this week was OPC Chief Doer Of Things, Pat Shepherd, to discuss how the generosity of music and musicians can translate into everyday giving by all walks of life.
No Lights No Lycra Wellington is a fortnightly open to anyone dance meet up group who shed their inhibitions by dancing in total darkness for an hour in a Newtown hall. Joining us this week on B-Side Stories is Charlotte Crocker, chief organiser of NLNLW. Charlotte discusses the origins of NLNL, preparing playlists & what drew her to dancing in the dark. She also plays us one of her tunes from her musical project “Noncharlet”.
Joining B-Sides Stories this week were Ruth Mundy and Sean O’Brien aka Joe Blossom for a NZ Music Month special. Host Martin Andrews talks to our guests about the craft of songwriting and trying to make a living in Aotearoa as an artist. The duo share their stories with warmth and humour, and treat us to some fantastic live in-studio performances.
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Linking art – with music – with food rescue is not commonly done, but if it can be done anywhere – it’s Wellington. We recently caught up with Tim and Zoe from 31 Days In who told us all about the third outing for their 31 Days In project which creates art for each of 31 days in a city somewhere in the world. This time they went a step further, sourcing local musicians and bands to submit a track which gets paired to their art for that day. They’re selling the tracks and all proceeds go to Kaibosh.
Listen below to hear all about the project:
Ills Winter – Caught In The Headlights
Eb & Sparrow – Two Wolves
Karl Jensen – The Little Town
Groeni – Hinde
Roman Birch – Time Square City
The Balkanistas – Ajde Zano
Vorn – Drowning Kittens
The Polly Johnson Set – Let Me Count The Ways (I Love You)
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You
This week on BSide Stories we were joined by Ali Whitton of LOST BiRD, the local Wellington Country Folk duo consisting of guitar player/songwriter Ali & Oliver Vetter on violin. Ali discusses his Celtic origins in England, the influence of the notorious Wellington weather on his songwriting and the difficulties of maintaining a working life while following your heart in the arts. We were also treated to three live performances of as yet unreleased LOST BiRD songs.
Emma Giesen, hasn’t seen much of the daylight saving hours as she spends most of her summer championing our cities creative culture. She is one of the backbones behind Wellington’s most coveted festivals, the New Zealand Fringe Festival and CubaDupa, which run back to back.
In this interview she talks about why she works so hard to keep Welly at the top of our creative game and the exciting addition of up cycling art zones, Junk Monsters, bike powered dance acts, Bicycle Valet parking, which is all just the tip of the ice burg of all the fun stuff about to happen at Cuba Dupa next weekend.
Eco friendly http://cubadupa.co.nz/category/eco-friendly/
To use the Valet Bike Parking http://cubadupa.co.nz/?s=LEISURE
Phantasticus is a 5 piece high-energy gypsy-flavours ensemble hailing from Wellington. They are also just about to celebrate the release of their first album Phantasticus Acousticus at Old St Paul’s this Friday.The lineup combines the fearless fiddling skills of Ana Christie and Alex Hills, matched by the awesome forces of Michael Kingston and Rick Shaw on guitar, all wrapped up in the powerful bass of Jacqui Nyman.
For more info on the album release at Old St. Pauls https://www.facebook.com/events/544932105661426/
and the band http://www.phantasticus.co.nz/
Wellington singer-songwriter Miles Calder has recently landed back on our shores after a year away living and writing in New York. He joins us in the studio to discuss his forthcoming album due out in April next year, his time in New York, his approach to writing, and he also plays live in the studio.
Listen to the interview below:
And for more information on Miles and his band the Rumours, check out their facebook page below.