Con­cert from a dif­fer­ent era

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JANE MATTHEWS

Show bands used to go from town to town, bring­ing a fol­low­ing with them and bring­ing coun­try halls to life.

Sadly that era has been and gone but one Taranaki band and an Auck­land singer are bring­ing it back.

‘‘We started a con­cept of play­ing in coun­try halls around Taranaki, that’s just been true to our mu­sic, just play­ing for some of the com­mu­ni­ties around the moun­tain,’’ Anand Rose, of The Stove, said.

‘‘It’s been nos­tal­gic to that time in his­tory.’’

Rose and his band The Stove, along­side Auck­land-based singer Milly Tabak, are com­ing to the Eltham Town Hall for the in­au­gu­ral Arts Fest South Taranaki .

This will be their sec­ond town hall con­cert.

‘‘These town halls ebb and flow in terms of how of­ten they’re used and it’s good to bring the el­e­ment of what was hap­pen­ing in their ab­so­lute prime,’’ Rose said.

The Stove is a ‘‘true Taranaki’’ band that was born out of the de­sire to doc­u­ment lo­cal his­tory.

‘‘The sound can be de­scribed as a cross be­tween Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Bea­tles.’’

The band met Milly at the Auck­land town fes­ti­val.

‘‘She’s a beau­ti­ful singer and we in­vited her down to play,’’ Rose said. ’’She has a voice like Ste­vie Nicks.’’

The Stove and Milly played their first town hall con­cert at In­gle­wood’s Waitoriki Hall in June and it was a sell out.

‘‘That com­mu­nity had a great night, and it’s just go­ing to be more of the same at the Eltham Town Hall.’’

Rose said they in­tended to make their way round the moun­tain slowly but surely, play­ing at a cou­ple halls a year.

The Stove fo­cuses on Taranaki folk­lore tunes, and came to­gether to cre­ate a tribute piece for the Pa¯keha¯ War­rior - Lance Cor­po­ral McCal­man. McCal­man was a pa¯keha¯ who was part of the 28th Ma¯ori Bat­tal­ion in WWII un­til he was killed at the age of 28.

Rose said the con­cert would still have some mu­sic the com­mu­nity would know too.

The con­cert is tak­ing place on Satur­day Novem­ber 4 at 7.30pm and tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at Eventfinda, or at the door for $20.


The Stove, Blake Gib­son, Mark Arm­strong, Ben Dixon, Scott Arm­strong and Anand Rose, will per­fom at the Eltham Town Hall on Novem­ber 4.

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