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Bubble Bites Series - Episode 1


Thu 23 Apr 2020, 5:30pm–6:00pm

Where: Virtual Location, Online, Virtual

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Creative Mercury Bay is launching an innovative online video series, called ‘Bubble Bites’, to help local Coromandel Peninsula performance artists and their audiences stay connected during the COVID-19 lockdown and bubble restrictions.

‘Bubble Bites’ is a weekly series of 30 minute pre-recorded shows, featuring three artists each performing 10-minute ‘bites’ of their creative practice. Each show will be available to view on Creative Mercury Bay’s YouTube Channel, Facebook page and website, every Thursday at 5:30pm, commencing 23 April 2020.

First up on our debut episode this week:

Pete 'Rockin Realtor' Lawrence
Pete ‘Rockin Realtor’ Lawrence has been singing for 15 years in Mercury Bay.
Mostly entertaining in bars & restaurants, (he is a regular at The Lost Spring, Frankies and Grace O'Malley's) he also performs at weddings, birthdays, The Scallop Festival and Community events.
He will be performing a cover of Tennessee Whisky by Chris Stapleton, Old Town Road and Don't Let the Old Man In.

Check out his YouTube Channel and Facebook page for some examples of his work.

Howard Saunders - Poet
Howard is 70 years old and retired recently after teaching Wintec horticulture here in Whitianga, and a career of farming orchards and landscaping. He has read his poems at many local venues and events over the last few years. His material is largely his observations and commentary on current Coromandel life.

Howard will be reciting an original poem called Te Puia Hot Water Beach about life in lockdown for a 70-year-old.

Alan & Julia Rhodes - Country Musicians
Alan is a founding member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, which started in 1966 and still plays together occasionally. He has been singing over the years with his wife Julia informally, and more recently as a trio with Pippa Le Lievre at open mic nights around Mercury Bay.
They will be performing Home Sweet Home, an original song by Alan Rhodes, I’ve Just Seen a Face by John Lennon & Paul McCartney and Yesterday’s Gone by Chad Stuart & Wendy Kidd.

Lets Go Descarrego! - Acoustic Folk Punk Duo
Let’s Go Descarrego! is a pairing of two well-known musicians, Stewart Pedley and Leo Magri. Their vibrant music draws influence from the long traditions of folk storytelling, Rhythm & Blues, Brazilian percussion, and the New Orleans sound. In the energetic merging of voices, percussion and guitar, Let’s Go Descarrego! tell tales of intriguing incidents, crafty characters, and loves long lost, while feet tap and folks find themselves looking for the dancefloor.

They will be performing an exclusive new release of their lockdown single Ship Out At Sea.
‘Ship Out At Sea’ was written a couple of weeks before we, in New Zealand, went into our Level 4 bubbles, when something called the Corona Virus was happening somewhere else, and we hadn’t yet grasped the implications of how it could affect us here. The song followed from a punk-rock-garage-band jam, and it seemed to say something about the way humans can behave when isolated, cut off from help, and stuck in an uncertain, perilous situation.
Check out their Facebook and Instagram for more content.

Bubble Bites is by locals, for locals, offering ‘bites’ of local talent free to you in your bubble.