by Greta Yeoman
Trumpets, saxophones and a bass clarinet will be part of the musical combination greeting audiences at Hopetoun Brown’s upcoming South Canterbury shows.
The funk duo of Nick Atkinson and Tim Stewart will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Finn Scholes for concerts at Geraldine’s Crown Hotel on May 8 and Carnegies in Fairlie on May 9.
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The 2017 Taite Prize finalists will be joined by Scholes, who played brass and piano in Neil Finn’s band during his Asia and Australia tours last year.
“[He is potentially] the best trumpet player in New Zealand,” Atkinson said.
The two South Canterbury shows would be the first time the Hopetoun pair had played in the area since the ’90s, when they were part of Supergroove, Atkinson said.
The trio had departed for their 35-date tour across the country at the weekend and would not return to Auckland until June.
The soulful sound of the trio would include two trumpets, a piano, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, a trombone and a tuba – plus a vibraphone.
“It’s a giant xylophone on a trolley,”Atkinson said.
Stomping, clapping and singing will also greet the crowd, with Atkinson describing their sound as anywhere from blues to jazz, with inspiration from popular music and hip-hop, but entirely acoustic.
Atkinson was looking forward to playing with Scholes again, whom he described as “a big, bearded blues player”.
“We’re big fans of Finn.”