Supergroup set to perform at club
Four of New Zealand’s busiest singersongwriters perform together in Palmerston North this week.
Too Many Chiefs is a supergroup lineup that brings together hometown gal Laura Collins, from Wellington’s Back Porch Blues Band, Kiwi music legend Wayne Mason, the chirpy Andrew London and Rob Joass, from Hobnail and The Shot Band, for a show at the Hokowhitu Bowling Club on Friday.
Promoter Steve Tolley said audiences could expect an entertaining evening as the quartet share their favourite original songs, along with on-the-road anecdotes.
‘‘They bring a heady musical blend of influences and styles, ranging from blues and jazz to country and folk, all infused with an element of social commentary, personal reflection and gentle satire.’’
Tolley said he reckoned there would also be a bit of ‘‘between-song mickeytaking’’.
As well as being seasoned live performers, all have been busy in the recording studio.
Collins has four albums to her name. Tolley said the latest Live at VK’s captures the full-flight live grit and joyous energy of her blues band performances.
Mason, a member of the NZ Order of Merit, has 16 albums under his belt dating from his days with the Fourmyula, Rocking Horse and the Warratahs.
Four of those were in his own name, with the latest Wait There’s More a boogie piano-driven album of originals and tributes to the likes of Fats Domino.
London, familiar to Palmerston North audiences from his days with Hot Club Sandwich and now the Andrew London Band, had contributed to several feature film tracks, and has over a dozen recorded albums.
A prolific songwriter, Joass was a three-time finalist at the NZ Music Awards. As well as working on Hobnail’s seventh album, he is planning a solo album for 2018.
Tolley said Too Many Chiefs would also be playing numbers from its own recent release So Many Tracks. Bookings and door sales for Friday night are $25.