NZ singing leg­ends for lake con­cert

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DAVID HULME

‘‘It's all about do­ing killer ver­sions of clas­sic songs.’’

Mata­mata is set to ex­pe­ri­ence iconic New Zealand band The Lady Killers for the first time when they per­form at Ro­tary Mata­mata’s Con­cert by the Lake on Fe­bru­ary 19.

The leg­endary Kiwi trio, con­sist­ing of Jackie Clarke, Tina Cross and Suzanne Lynch, are ar­guably as close to en­ter­tain­ment leg­ends in this coun­try as you will find - and they are re­ally look­ing for­ward to their first show here.

‘‘We have never per­formed there be­fore but it is one of my favourite places to go through,’’ Cross said. ‘‘We love do­ing out­door shows – it is the flavour and vibe with what is go­ing on and the au­di­ence can sit back and be en­ter­tained and also get up and dance.’’

The Lady Killers formed 11 years ago fol­low­ing the Box­ing Day tsunami when Kiwi mu­sic icon Frankie Stevens asked them to per­form in a trib­ute show.

‘‘We had all been per­form­ing in­di­vid­u­ally but you can­not cre­ate that very spe­cial har­mony flavour without at least three voices and we im­me­di­ately thought the sound was re­ally spe­cial,’’ Cross said of their in­cep­tion.

Since then, the trio has taken the at­ti­tude from their name – ‘‘it’s all about do­ing killer ver­sions of clas­sic songs’’, Cross said.

Band-mate Jackie Clarke said the trio worked hard to be as good as they pos­si­bly could be.

‘‘We don’t rest on our lau­rels – we are al­ways try­ing for a higher level and we just love singing with each other.

‘‘We are all re­ally dif­fer­ent per­form­ers – we are not cut from the same cloth and that’s why it works so well be­cause we bring dif­fer­ent points of view and dif­fer­ent tex­ture and it some­how all just meshes to­gether,’’ Clarke said.

The show will also be the first time the trio has per­formed on a pon­toon but Clarke said the group was re­ally look­ing for­ward to be a part of it.

‘‘We just love do­ing com­mu­nity things like this that have a good heart at­tached to them.’’

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Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke and Suzanne Lynch make up The Lady Killers.

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