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The Gallery hosts a number performances, workshops, lectures and floor talks as part of its annual programme of events.

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WHIRIMAKO BLACK - with special guests
Kim Halliday and Mahina Kaui

Tuesday 14 November, 8pm

Eastern Southland Gallery

Whirimako Black is Aotearoa’s undisputed soul diva. With melodies caressed into shape by the language of her ancestors, Whirimako has carved out a musical pathway leading from the mists of the Urewera to the world. She is joined on stage by the multi-instrumentalist Kim Halliday who perfectly complements her with her virtuosity, and Mahina Kaui’s out of this world Taonga Puoro sounds and vocals.

Tickets: General Admission $40 / Members $35 / Students $10.

Bookings: Eastern Southland Gallery, phone 03 208 9907


JON SANDERS with Jenny OS & Sophia Bidwell
presents TENALACH

Tuesday 21 November, 8pm

Eastern Southland Gallery

Jon Sanders is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso bouzouki player, tenor ukulele player and guitarist. Known for his musical collaborations as well as solo shows, over the past 25 years, Jon has performed all around the globe, entertaining audiences with his music flavoured with Arabic, Celtic, funk, soul and Gypsy jazz cultures. He has performed in Gore on a number of occasions with the Alpaca Social Club and Beyondsemble.


Based in New Zealand and Ireland, Jon is returning to New Zealand in October and November with a free flowing nufolk music band featuring accordion, clarinet and singing in a show called Tenalach.

Tenalach is an old Irish term which describes a state of deep connection with the land, water and air that allows us to hear the earth sing. The music is sometimes Celtic in feel, sometimes contemporary, and has been written over the past four years. 


Creating these soundscapes with Jon will be his daughter Jenny OS who sings and heralds from west Kerry, and Sophia Bidwell from Christchurch on piano accordion. Sophia is a prolific session player and music teacher in Canterbury and beyond.


The Tenalach project represents an invitation to reconnect with nature on a deeper level, in a world increasingly controlled by technologies and their limited binary outcome. 


Tickets: General Admission $30 / Members $25 / Students $10

Bookings: Eastern Southland Gallery, phone 03 208 9907

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