by Greta Yeoman
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 music fans to list their top five Kiwi acts. In the fourth week of this five-week series, we ask Geraldine UkeFest director Fi McCafferty for her suggestions and why she likes them.
Supergroove – “Back in the day we hadn’t seen anything like what these guys were doing. Awesome sounds that I could not stop dancing to. Great to see Hopetoun Brown and Finn (Scholes) rising up out of the ashes.”
Lorde – “I hadn’t listened to Lorde at all, until a student asked me to teach them Royals. Then came Yellow Flicker Beat and I started to pay more attention. She is one of the few concerts I have travelled to see in recent years. It blew me away how much stage presence one young girl had.”
The Nukes – “This trio of Kiwi musicians, Dave Parker, Snapper Thiele and Ben Collier (who just happen to play ukulele) are writing songs earthed in this land, songs that feel like they have always been here. You really owe it to yourself to catch them next time they’re in town.”
Blam Blam Blam – “Sadly these guys weren’t around very long. I remember crying when I found out about the car accident that injured Tim Mahon. I was lucky enough to have seen them a lot at Ponsonby’s Gluepot Tavern. Definitely my favourite Kiwi band of the ’80s.”
The Swingers – “Counting The Beat– who can ever stop singing and dancing to this!? It’s also my next ukulele cover challenge.”