Su­per­group set to per­form at club

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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