Kiwi singer Jamie McDell re­turns to lake con­cert

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DAVID HULME

Jamie McDell is ex­cited about the chal­lenges that lie ahead of her in 2017 – begin­ning with Ro­tary Matamata’s third an­nual Con­cert by the Lake.

The Kiwi songstress is thrilled to have the chance to per­form on the spe­cial­ly­de­signed pon­toon for the third suc­ces­sive year, join­ing Kiwi mu­sic leg­ends The Lady Killers (Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke) and funky jazz band Two Many Chiefs in the Fe­bru­ary 19 lineup.

‘‘I am re­ally ex­cited about be­ing back (in Matamata),’’ McDell said. ‘‘This (the venue) is an in­cred­i­ble place to lis­ten to mu­sic – the whole vibe of the place co­in­cides well with the mu­sic we are all bring­ing.’’

At last year’s event, McDell de­buted her Dunes act with sis­ter Tessa, and over the past year they have been col­lab­o­rat­ing on an al­bum which is due out later this year.

This time around, McDell said au­di­ences could ex­pect a mix of favourites along with some new coun­tryin­spired sounds she has been work­ing on, ahead of a trip to Nashville at the end of the month.

‘‘It is about get­ting back to my roots – I al­ways like hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with my au­di­ence so think of it (the Matamata show) like we are all hang­ing out at my house and I am play­ing some new songs and hav­ing a jam – that’s what you can ex­pect,’’ she said.

A week later McDell is fly­ing out to Nashville hop­ing to gar­ner ex­pe­ri­ence and a de­gree of re­as­sur­ance from those in the coun­try mu­sic in­dus­try there.

‘‘It’s been a long-held dream to be at a time in my life when I am ready to do a proper ‘me’ record with the coun­try-style pro­duc­tion that I like,’’ she said.

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