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Brian Richie "Violent Femmes" Michael Barker "Swamp Thing "


Mon 12 Jul 2021, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Level 13 Theme Rooms and Costume Hire, 1141 Eruera St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: Adults Only


Listed by: info9mt

Brian Ritchie is the bass guitarist for the alternative rock band Violent Femmes. "Blister in the sun" among others

In addition to his bass playing, Ritchie is proficient at the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. He acquired a Jun Shihan (shakuhachi teaching license) in March 2003 from James Nyoraku Schlefer, and his professional name is "Tairaku" ("big music" in Japanese).[1]In 2007 Ritchie produced and toured with the Italian punk/folk band The Zen Circus, which subsequently changed its name to The Zen Circus and Brian Ritchie. The first international album of the band, Villa Inferno, was released in 2008 for the Italian record label Unhip Records.In 2008, Ritchie and his wife, Varuni Kulasekera, moved to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where he has guested in a band called The Green Mist.[2][3] Ritchie does most of his work in DV (David Vartanian) Studios.

Michael Barker's unique drum and percussion style has seen him record and tour with prominent contemporary recording artists such as - The John Butler Trio, Neil and Tim Finn respectively,Split Enz, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tap Dogs, Cats, Jerry’s Girls, Evita,Toni Childs, Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins, Alex Lloyd, Vika and Linda Bull, The Black Sorrows, Deborah Conway, Christine Anu, Big Pig, David Bridie and My Friend The Chocolate Cake.

A songwriter/composer and singer in his own rite Michael plays in his own band Swamp Thing plus performs solo shows as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter.

Support act
Jamie Pickernell AKA Duffy Baker has a degree in Boganology and a master's in tongue in cheek and flippin' the bird. His song themes range from seal lions to ride-on lawnmowers to leaving his mum in a local rest home.

As a teenager of the late 70's the popular music was either disco or punk and new wave. The latter providing more depth for his curious soul to explore. His musical taste has mellowed and broadened since then but not the punk ethic that anyone can create music. He believes that the songs and stories of one's own local culture and environs are where it's at.

"Duffy Baker and the Cave Wetas" music is on all major streaming platforms.

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