SparX fly on fi­nal night

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

One of the first bands to ever per­form at Re­doubt Bar and Eatery will en­ter­tain Mata­mata au­di­ences for the fi­nal time on Fri­day night.

SparX, a two-piece from Tau­ranga made up of Brian and Shona Dal­low, has played at Re­doubt more than 50 times since 2006.

‘‘We started work­ing for Ja­cob [Hen­der­son] when he was man­ag­ing the Re­doubt in Te Awa­mutu,’’ said Mr Dal­low.

‘‘When he and [wife] Kelly opened the Mata­mata Re­doubt eight years ago, we were one of the first bands he booked.’’

The pair have been per­form­ing to­gether for 12 years and said the Re­doubt was one of their favourite venues.

‘‘We quickly struck up a rap­port with a crowd of young reg­u­lars and we had many Fri­day nights there when it was so packed, you could hardly move.

‘‘ With­out ex­cep­tion, the man­age­ment and staff have al­ways been won­der­ful to us.’’

SparX has also per­formed at the bar Christ­mas Eve for the past five years.

In June, they are pack­ing away their in­stru­ments and head­ing to Europe for the north­ern sum­mer, then on an ex­ten­sive tour of In­dia.

They plan to open a mu­sic-based cafe in Tau­ranga on their re­turn.

‘‘We are hop­ing ev­ery­one who has sup­ported us will come along for one fi­nal night at Re­doubt.

‘‘We want to thank all of you for be­ing so sup­port­ive over the last eight years and prom­ise we will give it all we’ve got on our last night.’’


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