Celebrating NZ Music Month . . . with Philip Howe

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The month of May marks the return of New Zealand Music Month, celebrating the musical creativity of songwriters, both past and present, who hail from these shores.

To recognise the month-long Kiwi music celebration, The Courier is asking South Canterbury musicians or music fans to list their top five Kiwi acts.

In the first week of this five-week series, Courier reporter Greta Yeoman puts the questions to South Canterbury Museum director Philip Howe.

  1. Crowded House/Neil Finn: “Great live when they played in Timaru on two different occasions, fantastic musicianship, fascinating lyrics.”

2. The Muttonbirds: “Fantastic songs, great tunes, clever lyrics, excellent live band in a pub.”

3. Fagan and the People: “I will never forget seeing them live on stage two years ago at Caroline Bay, dressed in silver fish suits. Powerful, fun, loud rock and roll.”

4. Aldous Harding: “I have just discovered her simple song structures with evocative lyrics and instrumentation.”

5. Two Cartoons: “Great songs, hilarious videos, plus they’re great live performers, in a pub or in someone’s lounge. Plus Isaac’s from Timaru.”