Lyttelton band taking up invitation

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by Alexia Johnston

A chance meeting has resulted in a new addition to this year’s lineup of musical acts to perform in Geraldine.
Geraldine singer Zoe Scott was gearing up to perform at the Port Hole Bar in Lyttelton when she had to call on Scott Percy to help get sound gear working.
Percy, one of five people who make up The Lyttelton Transit Lounge band, came to her rescue. Its members have kept in contact with Scott and performed alongside her on numerous occasions.
The band has now accepted an invitation to perform in Geraldine on November 11 at the Players Lodge, coinciding with the week of the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival. Entry fees would go towards The Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts.
The Lyttelton Transit Lounge comprises Percy on keyboards and piano, Peter Stephen on double bass, Glen Teasdale on electric guitar, Dan Callahan on drums and Michael Russell on trumpet. Russell is a former member of Netherworld Dancing Toys, which had the hit song For Today in 1985.
Percy said the group was looking forward to its Geraldine gig, which would include a performance alongside Scott.
“She’s great,” he said of her musical talents.
“The bulk of us are from Lyttelton – [we] are all sort of old friends and we love playing music,” he said.
He described the band as “a work in progress” and loved playing live. It was still working on developing its sound, which had a “heavy jazz vibe” to it.
Sandy Kelly, who has heard the band perform, said its musical style was all in its name.
“The Lyttelton Transit Lounge, as its name suggests, creates a relaxed, friendly atmosphere as if you are at home with good friends. They capture the audience and invite them into their love of jazz, leaving you wanting more,” she said.