Sim­mer­ing sounds


Two Sounds of Sum­mer vir­gins join a cou­ple of sea­soned Es­planade per­form­ers this Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Open­ing the Ac­cess Manawatu show at 2pm is acous­tic alt-folk per­former Jemma Marie. One half of duo Robin with sis­ter Katie, Jemma Marie has also per­formed at Swampfest and The Stom­ach.

Se­cond of the SOS veter­ans is The MightyWays, aka solo punk­folk singer-song­writer Bill An­gus. The Massey English & Me­dia Stud­ies lec­turer has 15 years as a mu­si­cian in Bri­tain, with pre­vi­ous per­for­mances at the Bent Horse­shoe and for Arts on Wed­nes­day. All Hail the Pale Blue Sky is the work­ing ti­tle of a new al­bum planned for later this year

First of the two new SOS acts is Quiet Storm. Built around vo­cal­ist Deb­bie Gam­ble and gui­taristMyles Brunsdon, who per­for­mas a duo, Quiet Stor­malso fronts as a five­piece with bass player Vaughan Cru­den, Phil Stevens on keys and drum­mer Karl Whittaker.

Formed for a com­mu­nity event in 2012, the cov­ers band had so much fun, they kept on go­ing, with gigs at the Ash­hurst Inn, at Ash­hurst Do­main, and at Sum­mer­hill’s Ren­dezvous .

G-Phunk is an­other band to come out of the UCOL con­tem­po­rary mu­sic diploma. The five-piece com­bines funk, jazz, hip hop and reg­gae with gigs at Whanganui’s River­side and for De­cem­ber’s Christ­mas In The Square. This month, the band re­leased its first sin­gle, Baby­lon, and is to per­form­for Ac­cess Manawatu’s Lunchtime Con­certs in The Square se­ries on Fe­bru­ary 18.

This Sun­day’s free show runs un­til 5pm.

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