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.