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Emeralds & Greenstone


Fri 11 Dec 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Orange Studios, 3/1063 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Orange Studio

This December, indigi-celtic-folk-fusion band Emeralds & Greenstone will be performing live in the studio space at Orange Studios in Ferrymead, Christchurch.

Emeralds & Greenstone’s music expresses the essence of Aotearoa. The group began as a themed show created by singers Ariana Tikao and Laura Tomlin for the Montana Christchurch International Jazz Festival in 2006, exploring the song traditions of Maori and Celtic cultures. The show's critical success provided the impetus to continue as a band.

The lineup includes: Ariana Tikao (vocals, taonga puoro/Maori instruments, dulcimer); Laura Tomlin (vocals, keyboard, tinwhistle, flute); Argène Montgomery-Hönger (bodhràn, tinwhistle, ukulele, vocals); Jon Hooker (guitars, ukulele); James Wilkinson (guitar, bass, vocals).

Emeralds and Greenstone:
“Combining traditional songs and tunes with their own material, E&G have a delicacy of touch that’s almost classical-sounding. More suited to a small attentive audience than a rowdy pub gig, some of the tracks are so feather-light and intricate you find yourself sitting still to catch every wisp” (NZ Musician).

Ariana Tikao:
“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…there is a sense of ethereality to Tikao’s song craft” - The Press

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