Lo­cal songstress re­turns for con­cert

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DAVID HULME

Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell can’t wait to per­form in Mata­mata again and this time around lo­cal au­di­ences will be part of a world first – the de­but of a col­lab­o­ra­tion called Dunes with her sis­ter Tess.

Dunes, along with Tau­rangabased blues group Kokomo, the Tim Arm­strong Bea­tles Trib­ute band and lo­cal Bryan Rawiri form the line-up for Ro­tary Mata­mata’s se­cond Con­cert by the Lake on Fe­bru­ary 21.

‘‘We are so look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in Mata­mata on the pon­toon,’’ McDell said.

‘‘Mata­mata seems like it is the ideal place to de­but it – it is a very safe, com­fort­able venue and we are very ex­cited to see what hap­pens.’’

McDell has had a stel­lar solo ca­reer, re­leas­ing two solo al­bums to date but when the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with her younger sis­ter came along, she jumped at it.

‘‘It has been so much fun work­ing to­gether. It is so dif­fer­ent for me be­cause for a long time I have been an artist who has worked by my­self and it has been very nice to have a per­son to bounce ideas off and I have en­joyed the process a lot more be­cause I have been work­ing with my sis­ter.

‘‘Work­ing with Tess brings an­other level of sto­ries into the song­writ­ing process and I re­ally en­joy her stage pres­ence – she is very re­laxed and makes me feel calmer too.

‘‘She re­minds me just to chill out and en­joy the mo­ment,’’ McDell said.

Last year’s first ap­pear­ance on the spe­cially-built pon­toon was mem­o­rable not only for her stel­lar per­for­mance but also for the in­clement weather which dogged the event.

‘‘De­spite the weather, the Mata­mata com­mu­nity came out and en­joyed it – that was very im­pres­sive. I amused to hav­ing the au­di­ence quite in­ti­mate but in say­ing that be­ing on the pon­toon cre­ated a nice bub­ble for me and the band to play mu­sic – I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­peat­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

‘‘It has been very nice to have a per­son to bounce ideas off .’’

Tick­ets for Con­cert by the Lake can be pur­chased from Colour­plus, PaperPlus, Mitre 10 or by email­ing mm­ro­tary­sec­re­tary@gmail.com.

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