by Greta Yeoman
DJs, jam sessions and Jamie McDell are all part of a diverse line-up of acts for New Zealand Music Month.
Jane and Nigel Bowen, who co-own Street Food Kitchen in Timaru, have been organising the musical events in their space to celebrate Music Month.
The New Zealand music celebrations had a focus on local talent, so Mrs Bowen had organised a jam night at the venue to attract Timaru musicians along.
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But it has not been without the support of local musicians and music teachers Sheryl and Al Bradley, who have helped bring Kiwi folk-pop artist Jamie McDell to Timaru.
Mrs Bradley said while the Bowens had been holding most of the music events at their venue, the nearby Landing Services Building was chosen for McDell’s show this Saturday because it was slightly larger.
She said McDell was touring a new album and had called the couple up to ask if they knew of a Timaru venue she could play at.
“[So it] is quite cool she’s stopping in here.”
The folk-pop artist would be performing in a duo, with support from folk artist Holly Arrowsmith, formerly based in Queenstown.
McDell told The Courier she had played in Timaru a “few times” and always enjoyed the atmosphere.
“I get the feeling Timaru has a soft spot for country music as well as my John Denver covers have gone down quite well in the past.”
She was pleased with the response to her new album Extraordinary Girl and said audiences should expect a “really special” show in Timaru.
“I have multi-instrumentalist Nick Dow accompanying me on keys, fiddle, and beautiful harmonies. I’ll be sure to incorporate some of the old favourites with songs from my new album.”
Mrs Bowen said Music Month was a chance to showcase Street Food space and see what the interest was for more events down the track.
“[We will see] how the town feeds off it.”
She said the “jam night” had been popular and people had been approaching her in the street saying they had missed out attending and asking if there would be another one.
South Canterbury DJs were spinning tunes in the space on Saturday nights and the Bradleys’ daughter, Kaitlin, was performing at Street Food every Friday night this month, Mrs Bowen said.