The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire

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THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Seamus Cahill

8 Oct 2015  |  2 min read

Seamus Cahill (and you can guess he's Irish) is the C in the Irish-Danish ULC Trio who canvas a broad range of folk and traditional styles. The acclaimed trio come to New Zealand for an extensive tour (see poster below) starting next week so against the clock we invited Cahill to cast his eye over one of our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaires . . .  The first piece of music which... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: James Duncan

5 Oct 2015  |  2 min read

James Duncan's name should be better known . . . but if it isn't that's because he's often the guitarist standing beside the main attraction. As he will do when he plays with SJD at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland on Saturday (October 10) when they play the complete Saint John Divine album with a string quartet. Duncan's had a long association with Sean James Donnelly and he's... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Alex Urlich of B2KDA

5 Oct 2015  |  3 min read

If the band name seems vaguely familiar then you are right: B2KDA is the new and updated Batucada Sound System, the multi-culti big band out of New Zealand which took its sound to the world, and the world stood up and danced. With beats drawn from the Pacific and South America, reggae grooves and horns, BSS were one of the most popular bands on the global festival and dance circuit. And... > Read more

We Do It

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Mara TK

21 Sep 2015  |  2 min read

Mara TK is a son of legendary New Zealand guitarist Billy TK and one half of Electric Wire Hustle with David "Taay Ninh" Wright. Their debut album Love Can Prevail got excellent reviews at home and abroad last year . . . and at Elsewhere. It was nominated for the Taite Music Award and set them up for more touring, taking their soulful electronica to the world. Their new EP... > Read more

Golden Ladder

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE JAZZ QUESTIONNAIRE: Mike Nock

19 Sep 2015  |  3 min read

Really, where do you start when introducing Mike Nock? Composer, pianist, teacher, collaborator, musical explorer, jazz legend, New Zealand finest jazz export . . .? Nock's life was covered in Norman Meehan's fine biography Serious Fun, and the man himself has appeared at Elsewhere with a number of albums, among them was his Open Door spontaneous duet album with drummer Frank Gibson... > Read more

It Ain't Necessarily So

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Amiria Grenell

18 Sep 2015  |  2 min read

Sometimes you wonder if certain people had any choice other than to be a musician. For folk singer Amiria Grenell it runs in the family. Her father is famous country singer John Grenell (formerly John Hore in Sixties) and he with his wife Deirdre ran the Whitecliffs Family Music Festival in Canterbury for 14 years. Three of Amiria's older brothers also play music and she has performed... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Pauline Scanlon

16 Sep 2015  |  2 min read

The size of the planet is simply a matter of perception. See from distant space we are tiny but on a boat in the middle of Pacific and even just that bit seems enormous. The speed at which we travel around it can erode space as much as time, and so today we see numerous global connections, like Motu :: Oileain which brought Irish musicians together with New Zealand's Trinity Roots. In late... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Michael Cathro of Ha the Unclear

14 Sep 2015  |  3 min read

On any given week Elsewhere receives at least half a dozen very interesting albums and about twice as many which are interesting enough to be worthy of attention. And then quite a few that -- very interesting or bloody awful -- just fall through the cracks . . . because of those dozens of others. We do our best, but it's always a pleasure when albums step up for their genius, uniqueness or... > Read more

Secret Lives of Furniture

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Anna Coddington

3 Sep 2015  |  3 min read

Singer-songwriter Anna Coddington is no stranger to awards, she has been nominated for an Apra Silver Scroll four times. With two albums behind her, numerous guest spots on other people's albums (Tim Guy, Eru Dangerpiel, SJD and most recently Ahoribuzz) as well a regular in the Fly My Pretties line-up, she is certainly well known around the traps. And this month she is back on the road... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Lips

2 Sep 2015  |  4 min read

In 2012 when Stephanie Brown aka Lips won the Apra Silver Scroll for Everything to Me we flicked her our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire. But that was then and this is now and Lips -- who lived in Brooklyn, NYC for many years but is currently in Arizona -- is now a duo with West Virginian drummer Fen Ikner, and is coming back to New Zealand for a short tour in a double bill with... > Read more

Traces of Teddy

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tift Merritt

2 Sep 2015  |  3 min read

On the occasion of the release of her impressive debut album Bramble Rose in 2002 I joked along the lines of "remember this name". Tift -- actually her middle name -- was of course a hard one to forget. And her brand of alt.country/Americana put her right in the frame alongside Emmylou Harris. Her latest album Traveling Alone is her fifth studio recording and among the guests... > Read more

Small Talk Relations

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Ebony Lamb

31 Aug 2015  |  2 min read

Ebony Lamb – of Eb and Sparrow who have opened for Pokey LaFarge, Wagons, the Warratahs, Tami Neilson and many other folk-country luminaries – embark on an extensive New Zealand tour (dates below) on the back of their excellent new album Sun/Son. So clearly it was time to flick her our Famous Elsewhere Songwriter Questionnaire . . . The first song which really affected... > Read more

Liberator

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Tommy Emmanuel

18 Aug 2015  |  2 min read

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is no stranger to New Zealand's shores and nor should be because he was for a long time a near neighbor. Born in New South Wales 60 years ago, Emmanuel rose quickly through the ranks and by his teenage years he had acquired considerable road miles touring with the family band and also a stack of awards. In the early Seventies he joined the re-formed... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Darryn Paterson-Harkness

10 Aug 2015  |  3 min read

Auckland multi-instrumentalist Darryn Paterson-Harkness has always gone his own way, sometimes working within an innovative rock context (his bands New Telepathics and Serafin, the latter recording a John Peel session in London and playing in over 20 countries), and at others exploring the realms of pop and/or jazz improvisation. He has also been part of the expanded From Scratch... > Read more

Cutting the Mustard Goose

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Frank Eliesa of Yoko-Zuna

27 Jul 2015  |  2 min read

The Auckland four-piece Yoko-Zuna (for your amusement check the source of the name) describe themselves on their Facebook page as "progressive, electronic, hip-hop" . . . And all of those descriptors seem fair . . . especially the progressive bit. That's because, if you check the sample track here, you can feel the breadth of their jazz fusion-cum-hip-hop with a nu-soul... > Read more

This Place

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Rochelle Bright

20 Jul 2015  |  4 min read

Rochelle Bright has enjoyed one of the better views in New Zealand while writing plays such as her acclaimed Daffodils . . . and the impending The Deliberate Disappearance of My Friend, Jack Hartnett (which opens in Auckland soon, dates below) She earned the enviable multi-milldollar vista across Auckland's Hauraki Gulf from Devonport's heights because she won the 2015 Michael King... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Abraham Kunin

6 Jul 2015  |  2 min read

Abraham Kunin is a musician with many hats: He is a member of the Auckland three-piece the Means who parlay a kind of soulful electro-jazz and released their debut EP The Ends 18 months ago, and with singer Esther Stephens (as Esther Stephens and the Means) they've just released their debut self-titled album. But he's also been in House of Broken Strings, Coach and Junelle, and was the... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Timberwolf

26 Jun 2015  |  2 min read

Australian singer-songwriter Timberwolf -- aka Chris Panousakis -- got some very good news recently. He was invited by Gin Wigmore to open for her in Melbourne and Sydney  . . . and on her forthcoming New Zealand dates (see below). That will mean some big crowds, but the Adelaide-based musician is familiar enough with that: He has played Womadelaide, the Big Pineapple Groovin the Moo... > Read more

Stranded

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Bill Morris

15 Jun 2015  |  4 min read

Not many New Zealand musicians could pull a quote about themselves from the influential American magaine No Depression, and certainly not one as glowing as that about Bill Morris. “He’s thousands of miles from Nashville, " wrote John Apice, "but even those songwriters would not want to get into the ring with a heavyweight like Bill Morris. If they did,... > Read more

Gold Light (In the Palm of My Hands)

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Aly Cook

12 Jun 2015  |  3 min read

Aly Cook should need no introduction given how many nominations she's had for best female country artist (five) or because of how she turns her skills as a publicist to her own advantage. She is all over social media, sends out interesting newsletters (she's so much on the move they read like travelogues) and just keeps writing and playing. If she isn't as well known in her homeland... > Read more

Western Line