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When:

Sun 21 Mar 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Diana Moir

Acclaimed Pacifika group, Pacific Curls tours the country in February combining fiddle, ukulele, taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) and vocals with a range of other instruments including cajons, stomp peddles, kalimba, djembe and percussion.

Fresh from an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Canada, the group’s special blend of Celtic, Maori, Pacific and other influences has wowed audiences in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and South Korea, as well as New Zealand.

The group, featuring world class fiddle player, Sarah Beattie, virtuoso ukulele player Kim Halliday, and stunning vocalist Ora Barlow, say that their unconventional collaboration comes out of a reverence for each other’s cultures.

“We explore the places where we cross over,” says Halliday.

In this latest tour organised by Arts On Tour New Zealand, they will include two performances at WOMAD in New Plymouth and launch their latest CD.

“A standout act!” - Dominion Post

“Once again, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Pacific Curls with Sarah Beattie have left me shipwrecked in their astounding talent.” - Jo Say, Nelson Mail

“These three strong female musicians steeped in Maori and Pacific traditions bring a delightful contemporary perspective to their waiata.” – Mike Moroney, NZ Musician Magazine
“…extraordinary, spiritually uplifting yet witty...” Mike Jackson, Wombat Music

“Friday evening saw the start of the cabaret 'Nights on The Town 'series. Pacific Curls - what can I say but WOW WOW WOW. Here are three incredibly gifted women who together create the most beautiful, sensitive, emotive, inspiring and unique music. Their blend of Scottish, Pacific, South American and African influences make this group individual.

The sounds from traditional Maori instruments as well as kalimba, ukuleles, fiddle, guitar and vocals are used subtly with magnificent sensitivity to shape veils of delicate sublimity within their original compositions.

Exotic rhythms, Celtic fiddle, Te Reo, brilliant compositions, fabulous vocals, exceptional musicianship and personality plus, make Pacific Curls world class - think I've run out of adjectives!” Mike Nettman Northern News and The Bay Chronicle Kerikeri

About Arts on Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ)
Based at the historic Arts Centre of Christchurch, Arts on Tour New Zealand organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. AOTNZ receives funding from Creative New Zealand, the Canterbury Creative Trust and Southern Trust, and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.

The 2010 Arts on Tour programme began with Dunedin-based Delgirl (Feb) and follows with Pacific Curls (March), Adams and Gavin (April), Don McGlashan Solo (April) Penny Ashton’s Hot Pink Bits (June), Hot Club Sandwich (July), Antiques Rogue Show (August), Fiona Pears Band (October), and finally Whirimako Black (November).

Restaurants to book near Pacific Curls – New Zealand Tour March 2010