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Snowing in Dunedin - cold fingers warming up

The Coast

If you haven’t really checked it out then this is a good time to do so. “Coast” is where it’s at. With a population – I am told-of just under 30 thousand there’s a spread spanning Karamea (where nobody has the time to go coz Coast trips don’t often include her on the itinerary) to glacier districts and beyond.

It’s massive and it’s beautiful and experiencing a new gold rush. At this time it’s less about primary produce and more about working remotely in paradise. Once the telco infrastructure is in place we will be able to live anywhere including in this greenies paradise. The last frontier is opening up.

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Rosebud of Riverton

Dunedin – Best Cafe 2

Well, friends if you have heard enough of “the new normal” (ghastly term) how about hyper normal? That seems to be what you get touring these days. A small number of people at any event and you can boast of full houses and feel like a winner.

With that in mind I had the idea to do shows that include dinner. That way the atmosphere is more convivial and people need to be serious about being there. With small gatherings it’s possible but it wouldn’t work in the “big time” (another ghastly concept). The dinner-show little-big-show idea was embraced with enthusiasm by Jessica at Best Cafe and the rest is a minor triumph. it was hyper normal. Ha ha

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Rotunda plaque - Westport

Rotundas Rock

GREETINGS from Westport where I found the dream Rotunda. A friend of mine Gillian Henderwood (you might remember an album called Jam Sandwich she released back in c. the late 80s.

Rotunda WestportBrilliant album produced by the guy who created the world’s first robot band THE TRONS) recently did a tour of our nations finest rotundas and ; made it a policy not to advertise but simply play to anyone who happens to stop and listen.

No mean feat.

As you can imagine it isn’t gonna make world news. However I think she’s onto something. We can get these Rotundas back to being places of music performance. Why not? Let’s do what. She does. Let’s tour them and make a point of playing in every Rotunda we see even if it’s just one song to a passing pigeon.

Give it time and everyone will be celebrating these historic structures and using them again for the purpose they were built. A lot of work and gold went into building them. Let’s not waste the resource

On another subject I am playing in my home turf this Friday so please make the effort

Also please write in. And give me some pointers blog wise. What do ya want covered now that I am an agent at large in the south 😎

Christchurch & South Island for August

Hey friends    Luke here from www  LukeHurley.co.nz  just want to tell you I havent forgotten you and thank you for subscribing   I have news. Jan Bille the guy who produced Reha  (if you are unfamiliar with this album has offered to produce another album for me. Listen below.

Some opportunities have emerged but this one is the ruby in the dust.     I believe in NZ and in the great technical and production skills we have in our own land.  We don’t need to go to the big continent on overinflated debt driven budgets to record in namo studios when for a fraction  of the price we can do it all at home with heart and soul.  And not have to resort to hard living to satisfy the dubious multi national “spirit” of global enterprise. Who cares? a five year old can go international from a smart phone.

It’s come full circle   International is zzzzzzzzzzzz and national is exciting   why? cause in the end its about the music and not the prestige of “reaching the world” and its way harder to win over your own country than to get overseas kudos.

It’s like you have to wander all over the world to find the pearl of great price when in fact it was right there in plain sight sitting on the mantle piece.

The former manager of a great NZ studio told me that he could have made much better albums for artists who were compelled by their labels to blow their budget overseas    Same budget applied at home would have delivered masterpieces

With that in mind please support this venture as we get no funding from the “normal” channels   why?coz the songs i write are not nor ever purport to be commercial

Tickets page makes it easier to pay for tickets online. Music page for all albums or songs. You may now buy the full collection if you missed some.

Thanks for you great support without it I wouldn’t have a leg to stand on

Please let us know if there are any gigs possible in Hokitika in the next four days as that is where we will be.   After that Christchurch   call me if you have any leads.   No gig too small as the cliche goes  021 0259 2919