ANDREW LONDON TRIO

ANDREW LONDON TRIO

Sunday 29 October, 5pm, Eastern Southland Gallery

Subtle and occasionally subversive satirical songs about the trivia and minutiae of daily life from the point of view of a middle-aged, middle-class, Middle Earther, delivered in a deceptively innocuous 1940s swing style with occasional forays into folk, blues, country and hip-hop. This trio carries on in the tradition of Hot Club Sandwich, who have toured extensively throughout New Zealand since the early 1990s, enabling singer/songwriter Andrew London to gather material from the shearing sheds of Southland to the corporate boardrooms of Queen Street. Themes cover the gamut from pretentious socialites, male insecurity and modern parenthood to driving habits, rugby culture and the depredations of ageing. The obvious opportunity for humour in these themes is eagerly seized upon and exploited mercilessly, but occasional poignancy and pathos are never far away. Beatle-esque vocal harmonies are added by Kirsten London on bass, and ex-HCS sax/clarinetist Nils Olsen.

 

DELANEY DAVIDSON: Magic Lightbox

DELANEY DAVIDSON: Magic Lightbox

Friday 3 November

time and venue to be confirmed

Part man, part wheel, Delaney Davidson is an Art’s Foundation Laureate 2015, three times winner of APRA Country Song of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013) and New Zealand’s own world-class rambling troubadour. Awards here, collaborations there, a non-stop whirlwind. Using his unmistakable dark take on guitar-driven Blues, Country and Rockabilly, Davidson presents his all new show Magic Lightbox. Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? Remember the live orchestra providing music to the movie you went to? No? See all three combined as Davidson uses an incredible blend of live music and film, paying homage to these lost ways of storytelling in his tent show carnival style revival. Dusty highway tales, the old world of Europe, the new world of USA, a glimpse into a forgotten time. Relive the mystery of Switzerland, see New Zealand like you never saw it before, the deserts of California, fairground Brighton by the sea, the cold war Vienna, all roll into one in this irresistible work. 

Fresh from the success of his last European jaunt, catch him before he disappears again to distant parts unknown.

“Sublime...raw and original” BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE (UK)  (review of EP)

“A rattling, twanging celebration” ***** INDEPENDENT (UK)

“ ... A haunting power.…” Nick Bollinger NZ Listener Nov 17th 2012