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Jayson Norris and Mark Williams


Sun 27 Feb 2011, 2:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Karikari Estate Winery, Matai Bay Rd, Karikari Peninsula, Kaitaia, Far North

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $23.00 ($22.00 + $1.00 fees)
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Two world-acclaimed Kiwi musical talents – both originally from Northland – are heading to the Far North for a special summer show at the end of this month.

Dargaville’s famous favourite son, Mark Williams, who is also lead singer for legendary Kiwi rock band Dragon, will join Jayson Norris, a London-based New Zealander from Kaitaia, for a concert at Karikari Estate Winery, in Matai Rd, Karikari Peninsula, Kaitaia, on Sunday Febrauary 27.

Williams, with Dragon, performed a fortnight ago at a packed-out musicfest that also included Pacific reggae greats Herbs in a kumara packing shed just out of Dargaville. Despite torrential rain all that day and night, 1200 people showed up and, enraptured by the music, they rocked the evening away oblivious to the downpour outside.

Williams, whose singing career began when he left Dargaville High School with three school mates in a band called Face, was last year inducted into New Zealand’s Music Hall of Fame. Dragon was similarly honoured at the same time. His string of popular hits includes Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life, It Doesn’t Matter Any More and Show No Mercy. And these days he helps bass player and band founder Todd Hunter keep the original
Dragon spirit of alive, assuming the frontman role made vacant by the death in 1998 of original lead singer Marc Hunter, brother of Todd.

Singer and guitarist Norris moved to London in 2004 and has shared the stage with such greats as Sir Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler and Andrea Bocelli. He combines rich, earthy vocals with a blend of soul, roots and rock, and is bringing to his home country a new album, Freedom 28, a tribute to freedom fighters such as his late grandfather, Charlie Norris, who was a member of the 28th Maori Battalion. The album has already produced three singles, Freedom to Live, Window (which includes cheeky ukuleles) and Love Someone, which features Jason Kerrison of Opshop on backing vocals. Norris will play two stages (Dub & Roots and Amphitheatre) at Homegrown and will perform at the Jameson Jam Sessions with The Black Seeds.

Special guests joining Norris on his summer tour are Chris Cope, The Jonny Love Band and the Babysitters Circus at different times and venues – check websites for details.

The show at Karikari estate will run from 2pm to 9pm.