Festival brings Maori quartet
The Modern Maori Quartet will bring some 1960s showband style to Shed 6 next month.
The old-school group will perform a show at Shed 6 as part of the New Zealand Festival.
Founding quartet member James Tito said that when the festival organisers suggested a regional tour, the quartet jumped at the opportunity.
All the singers are also trained acting graduates from Toi Whakaari, the national drama school, and they respond to the audience as actors.
‘‘Our show revolves around what the audience gives back to us, ‘‘ Tito said.
The quartet’s repertoire bridges 1960s and 70s show bands, such as The Howard Morrison Quartet, and Hall and Oates.
Modern songs from the likes of Sam Smith, given a ‘‘an old- school 60s twist’’ are also in the mix, and a crowd favourite is a Te Reo version of Lorde’s Royals. The Modern Maori Quartet, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, March 18. Book at ticketek.co.nz or call 0800 842 538.