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Wahine Toa Tour - Ariana Tikao & Hannah Howes


Sat 5 Jun 2010, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Ln, Henderson, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Child, Senior: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Ariana Tikao

Two exceptional singer/songwriters, Ariana Tikao & Hannah Howes, are celebrating New Zealand Music Month and Matariki by touring the country. The tour is taking place over three consecutive weekends, starting with the South Island two weekends ago, then Paekakariki and Wellington last weekend. The weekend of the Wahine Toa tour is still to come this Queen’s Birthday weekend in Leigh, Auckland and Raglan.

On tour with Ariana and Hannah is the hugely talented Ben Lemi Wood of Hikoikoi fame, on percussion/drums/keys/backing vocals, and the virtuosic talents of Nanako Sato on keyboard/backing vocals. Nanako will also play a support slot for each show, of her original songs.

Fri June 4th: Leigh: Sawmill Cafe- 9pm / $15 / R18
Sat June 5th: Auckland: Corban Estate Arts Centre- 2pm / $15/$10 child,senior / all ages
Sun June 6th: Raglan: Yot Club- 9pm / $15 / R18

Review from Harbour Light Theatre show:
“Unique styles to enjoy”
(The Press, 22 May 2010, Page 17) by Chris Pole.
Hannah Howes and Ariana Tikao have combined their talents to tour New Zealand together through May and June, taking in many smaller towns. Beginning last night in Christchurch they opted for the cosy confines of Lyttelton, bringing their unique styles to the atmospheric Harbour Light Theatre.
Both artists fleshed out their songs with keyboards, percussion, and backing vocals, accompanied by multiinstrumentalist Ben Lemi Wood and Nanako Sato, who opened proceedings with four songs of her own. Christchurch’s Ariana Tikao has previously collaborated with tech maestro Leyton and his influence was evident in her performance. She has an undeniably powerful voice and the fusion of Maori language with electro-ambient embellishments hinted at old traditions being updated for a new audience. Many songs referenced her whanau and the cycle of life – most notably the waiata Fire – and Lemi Wood’s tribal percussion proved a musical highlight of the evening. Tikao also played an Appalachian-style Dulcimer during a quieter interlude.
If there is a sense of ethereality to Tikao’s song craft, Hannah Howes’s closing set was decidedly more folky, overlaid with a faint dub sensibility. Fresh from a tour of Japan, she has definitely honed her act, with songs like Candy (the title track from her latest album) benefiting from some casually familiar guitar playing. When her voice veered a little lower she reminded me of Cat Power, a little higher and there were shades of Feist, but at all times she remained delightfully Hannah Howes.
Both Howes and Ariana Tikao retain a fiercely independent spirit, and during New Zealand Music Month it was great to see an appreciative audience support them.

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