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Delgirl - Arts on Tour South Island


Tue 2 Mar 2010, 7:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Karamea Village Hotel, Corner Waverley Street and Wharf Road, Karamea, Buller

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Simon Vare

Arts On Tour NZ is pleased to present the first concert tour of 2010, Delgirl.

Delgirl is an all-women three-piece musical group from Dunedin. These Southern gals, Deirdre Newell, Erin Morton and Lynn Vare have been making music together since 2000. Their debut album “Two, maybe three, days ride” received great acclaim and was awarded the Tui NZ Folk Album of the Year for 2008.

This self-released debut album was awarded the Tui at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu. Their second recording “Porchlight” just released late 2009, has also received rave reviews.

The acoustic group describes its sound as “skiffily, folky, country, jazzy, bluesy roots music with a Pacific edge bordering a swamp”, and creates harmonies built around the double bass, guitar, ukuleles, banjo, snare and percussion.

The trio released its debut album in November 2007. The track ‘Ride’ from the album has been selected by NZ Trade & Enterprise to feature on a music placement export disc entitled ‘New Zealand-New Music’ which is distributed to music supervisors in TV and film worldwide.

Dunedin born and bred, Deirdre Newall is a talented double bass player who has played in many bands over the years, including the T & D Bigger Band who were finalists in the Folk section of the NZ Music awards 1997. Proud of her Scottish and Irish ancestry and their folk traditions, her songwriting and vocals also shine a torch for old time country, roots reggae and punk music. Her passion for the natural world leads the audience from songs about livestock to plastic flotsam and jetsam and bored dogs.

Having spent years on the road playing fiddle in the folk scenes of New Zealand and in Australia, Erin Morton eventually switched to her true love- the guitar. This multi talented musician, singer and songwriter also plays a fine ukulele and can literally claim to blow her own trumpet. Her early folk roots are evident in the strong story telling tradition her songs invoke and her delight of everyday things. A NZ Music Award finalist as a member of the T & D Bigger Band (with Newall), she has played in many bands over the years.

Singer, songwriter and musician Lynn Vare’s arsenal of instruments is as eclectic as her Ngā Puhi, English, Irish and French ancestry. Leaving behind the piano and flute of her youth, she picked up the ukulele, banjo, snare drum and triangle when she formed Delgirl with Newall and Morton in 2000. Writing songs about love, life and death, with the odd murder thrown in for good measure, her songs are rooted in the old time music and singalong traditions of her upbringing.

"Delgirl succeed in evoking the casual flavour of a singalong while subtly crafting something more complex. For one thing, the women who make up this Dunedin trio harmonise like sisters, matching one another phrase for phrase and falling automatically into intricate parts. And while the almost all-acoustic backing of guitars, ukuleles and double bass has the woody tone of a table-side jam session, the clever arrangements give each song its own character…" - Martyn Pepperell. Groove Guide. 2007

"This Dunedin-based, folk-country three-piece…has come with this album of close harmony, suggestions of and Polynesia, understated balladry and smart lyrics… the merest hints of Polynesian percussion behind the reggae-referenced rhythms, elsewhere they bring harmonies to wonderfully melodic and sometimes jazz-influenced originals…this one will woo and win you." Graham Reid – 2007

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