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Fri 16 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Katikati Bowling Club, Park Rd, Katikati, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: camellia

David Shanhun is an Auckland-based professional musician. Born in Australia, he moved with his family to New Zealand when he was two years old, and has been singing ever since.

Heavily involved in music through high school, playing piano, trumpet, and trombone, he also sang in various school choirs and barbershop quartets. He was a member of O.K. Chorale, who won a gold award at the 2011 National Secondary Schools competition held in the Christchurch Town Hall, sparking an enthusiasm to perform in similar venues.

David first picked up a guitar aged 14, and began learning to accompany himself singing, especially enjoying the challenge of playing and singing Dave Matthews’ songs. From there his interest in the guitar grew and grew, and he went to study a B.Mus in classical guitar at Massey University in Wellington, going on to discover new tastes in music, notably folk/country orientated – the likes of Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Tommy Emmanuel.

David taught all styles of guitar in high schools for 4 years, before moving to Auckland in 2010 before becoming a professional musician. David has been a finalist in the 2010 Singer Songwriter Syndicate’s Singer/Songwriter competition, sung on national television, performed with Grammy Award winning artist Bryan White, and was a finalist in the Horizon Award, at the 2011 National Country Music Awards.

David is currently working on writing and recording a new album, to be released early 2012.

Also appearing will be UK-based songwriter, performer and producer Simon Snaize.

Simon has recorded five albums, samples of which can be found here. His first solo album Heartland can be found on both iTunes and Amazon.

Simon has toured in the UK, the US and New Zealand supporting artists such as Don McGlashan (The Muttonbirds), Glen Hansard (The Frames), Fish (Marillion) and Chris Helme (The Seahorses, The Yards).