Tu­atara de­but for Maori-Ir­ish mu­sic project

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RAN­DALL WALKER

A new Maori-Ir­ish col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­tur­ing some class acts of the mu­sic world will de­but in Para­pa­raumu in Novem­ber.

The out­door con­cert at Tu­atara Brew­ery will fea­ture plat­inum­selling Trin­ity Roots, Ir­ish mu­si­cians Pauline Scan­lon, Alan Do­herty, Tola Custy and Gerry Paul, as well as dub act Rhom­bus and co­me­dian James Nokise.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion is the baby of Dublin-born New Zealan­der Gerry Paul, who spends half his time in Ire­land, and had played with many out­fits around the world.

He met War­ren Maxwell from Trin­ity Roots while pro­mot­ing a tour for Amer­i­can artist Kelly Joe Phelps.

‘‘We ended up jam­ming at a cou­ple of gigs. We did support for Kelly Joe and had a great time play­ing to­gether.

‘‘That’s when we started talk­ing about this idea of col­lab­o­rat­ing be­tween the Maori and Ir­ish gen­res.

‘‘Hav­ing roots in both coun­tries, it’s some­thing I’ve been in­ter­ested in for a long time.

A few years ago my­self and Rio from Trin­ity Roots did a bilin­gual song. Pauline, who’s com­ing out, was in­volved in that project as well, so it’s kind of full cir­cle re­ally.’’

He said the whole group had never played to­gether be­fore, but in Jan­uary he pitched the idea to the di­rec­tor of Glas­gow’s Celtic Con­nec­tions fes­ti­val, of which New Zealand is the fea­tured na­tion, and said he loved it.

‘‘So we’re pretty much get­ting the whole project to­gether for that tour and we thought what bet­ter way to start it off than to come out here and re­hearse for a week and then do a cou­ple of gigs to get us gig ready.’’

He said Paul Brown from Tu­atara Brew­ery had heard the Ir­ish per­form­ers last year with some of the New Zealand per­form­ers and asked him if there was any chance of get­ting them to the brew­ery.

Pro­mot­ers from fes­ti­vals around New Zealand would be at the gigs, with the view to pick­ing them up for their fes­ti­vals, he said.

The Tu­atara gig will be fol­lowed by one in Wellington, be­fore the Ir­ish mu­si­cians head off for a small tour of the North Is­land.

Paul said the Ir­ish mu­si­cians were some of the best in the business, and had played around the world from Glas­ton­bury to Carnegie Hall.

Alan Do­herty was the lead soloist on the Lord of the Rings sound­track.

The oth­ers were singer Pauline Scan­lon, fid­dle player Tola Custy, and Paul on gui­tar and banjo.

Paul said Maxwell would sing, play gui­tar and keys, with fel­low Trin­ity Roots mem­bers Rio He­mopo, on bass and Ben Lemi, drums. Rhom­bus mem­bers Koa Wil­liams and Thomas Voyce would play sets of dub tunes and Nokise would add some laugh­ter.

Business brewer Paul Brown said it was hoped to at­tract about 250 peo­ple to the gig.

Tal­ented trio: Tola Custy, left, Gerry Paul and Alan Do­herty will also be per­form­ing in the new Ir­ish-New Zealand col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Maori-Ir­ish mu­si­cal event, Tu­atara Brew­ery, Para­pa­raumu, Satur­day, Novem­ber 22, 4pm till 9pm, pre­sales $45 from eventfinder.co.nz or $50 at door. Singer: Ir­ish vo­cal­ist Pauline

Scan­lon will be play­ing with Trin­ity Roots in Para­pa­raumu

next month.

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