The Byllie Jean Project

SUNDAY 16th February 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm - Art Beat

The Byllie-jean Project is a creative partnership between Zion Tauamiti and Byllie-jean Rangihuna. They formed The Byllie-jean Project after discovering a mutual vision for developing a specific sound. Whether performing as a duo or with support from Arona Vaele (drums), Bazi Baker (guitar), Chris Wethey (Bass) The Byllie-jean Project aims to communicate honest creativity through the mediums of lyric, melody and groove. They are committed to the community and uphold a “by the people, for the people” approach.

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Hennessey Love Machine

SUNDAY 16th February - 11.30 - 12.30pm - Art Beat

HLM have something special, a bluesy driven smooth rock with undeniable appeal. The strength of musicianship mixed with their engaging live show makes you want to put on a swagger and sip away on the warm flavours of the Hennessy Love Machine

Ty and Alice

SATURDAY 15th February - 11.00 am - 12.30pm - Art Beat

Blues, country, pop and soul, just some of the elements that make up Ty & Alice's sound. Mix that with smart lyrics and beautiful harmonies and you've got a wrap.

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The Burning Sensations

FRIDAY 14th February 1.30 - 2.30 pm - Art Beat

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The self-proclaimed King of Earthquake Rock (whatever that means) is back ... and this time, he's got a drummer. Yes, the human metronome Natalie "the Natch" Glubb will be joining Ed on stage, for the first time in almost two years - and she'll be bringing some of the hot moves that she's learnt on sabbatical in sunny Vancouver. You can expect Hi-Vis clothing, witty lyrics - oh, and some dirty beats to back it all up.

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Jen Turner

FRIDAY 14th February - 12.00 - 1.00 pm - Art Beat

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Introducing Jen Turner, Christchurch's future superstar at only 17 years old. Jen has already written more than eighty songs, and is emerging well beyond her years as one of our world class singer-songwriters. Under the management of Fledge, Jen is working towards commercial releases in 2014, so stay tuned!

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Apollo Suite

SUNDAY 9th February - 1.30 - 2.30 pm - Art Beat

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Apollo Suite delivers a high-impact encounter with the essence of soul.

Hailing from the shaky South (Otautahi/Christchurch), Apollo Suite is a true tour-de-force. Formerly known as Locean ("Lotion"), the group has evolved from humble beginnings in 2006 as a strictly "porn-funk" outfit to one of solid neo-soul grooves infused with cutting edge hip-hop sensibility.

Over the years Apollo Suite has performed alongside some of New Zealand's best and brightess, sharing the stage with such performers as Hollie Smith, Katchafire, L.A. Mitchell, Tahuna Breaks and dDub (to name a few). In addition, Apollo Suite has been regularly called upon as festival headliners at such events as Christchurch Arts Festival (2008), Queenstown Winter Festival (2008), Luminate (2011) and Christchurch Summertimes Festival (2012).

At present, Apollo Suite is comprised of Tim Driver (AhoriBuzz; Soulsystem), Burke Goffe (La Petite Manouche), Luke Smillie (1 Drop Nation) and Josh Logan (Tali Live). With a forthcoming EP in the final stages of production and upcoming video releases, a live Apollo Suite performance is not to be missed!

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Skymachine

SUNDAY 9th February - 12.00 - 1.00 pm - Art Beat

Blending together a mix of pop hooks, synth lines, and electro rock, Skymachine has created a sound that is hard to nail down, drawing influence from artists like the Killers, Naked and Famous, and Foals. Consisting of Josh Kelleher and Brydon, the pair have worked hard to create a unique live sound of falsetto melodies and glamorous beats.

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Kamandi

FRIDAY 7th February - 1.30 - 2.30pm - Art Beat

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Hailing from Christchurch, Kamandi is one of the leading lights of New Zealand's contemporary electronic music scene. 

A beat-maker, producer and live performer, his gritty vibe-drenched soundworld draws measured influence from the Los Angeles Beats scene and the meditative side of UK bass electronica. Having begun his musical journey as a bass guitarist in his teens, he brings an understanding of stage performance to his songs and their live presentation. 

As a result, Kamandi has crafted an aesthetic equally impactful on headphones and the dance floor. As well as accumulating him thousands of soundcloud plays, his musical efforts have secured him support slots before Julien Dyne, Lunice, Baths, JonWayne, Mono/Poly and Tokimonsta, as well as numerous headlining performances and festival appearances.

With the emotional depth and intensity of his music increasing with every song, Kamandi's trajectory suggests the potential to crossover to a larger well-deserved audience without compromising his core creative values.

Facebook page : www.facebook.com/kamandimusic

Listen : soundcloud.com/kamandi-1

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Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers

FRIDAY 7th February - 12.00 - 1.00 pm - Art Beat

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Imagine this if you will... you're in a small town dancehall, sometime in 1930s Texas. It's hot, the beer and the bourbon are flowing, and it's packed to the rafters with people wanting to dance away the hard times. All that's needed is the music to get them moving. Thankfully, Dev'lish Mary and her Lame Horse Layabouts are here, tuning up their instruments for an evening's wild and raucous country dance music. Blending foot-stomping Western Swing tunes with Gypsy Jazz stylings, fiery fiddle tunes and a few slow-dance torch songs, they'll have you smiling and swirling till you collapse in a dishevelled heap on the sawdust floor. 

Devilish Mary (that's Miss Anita Clark to you) will be sawing up a Kansas summer storm on her fiddle, and stealing your heart with her soaring, sultry singing. She'll be ably assisted by John (Boy) Sneddon, thumping and slapping his Grandaddy's big double bass, and Mister Simon Gregory plucking and strumming on his shiny red guitar like a man possessed. 

After a hard day in the cotton fields or the telegraph office, this is what everyone's been waiting for, to hear the hot new musical styles of the '30s, and forget their woes for one more evening... Dev'lish Mary and the Cold Hearted Scoundrels are here to play for you. 

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Katie Thompson

SUNDAY 2nd February - 11.30 am - 12.30 pm - Art Beat

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Christchurch based singer/songwriter Katie Thompson’s star is most definitely on the rise. This talented artist has released two albums, was selected to open for Sir Elton John at his only NZ show November 2011 and was a finalist for Female Artist of the Year at the 2012 New Zealand Country Music Awards. 

Katie’s debut album, Tall Poppy was released in 2009 and the record caught the attention of the international funding website Sellaband, where fans can buy in to the career of their favourite artists, with the aim of helping them hit the US$50,000 needed to record and release an album. 

Katie was one of the fastest-ever artists to achieve the funding and the resulting album Impossible blends elements of folk, pop and country into a collection of bittersweet and beautiful songs. It was released to critical acclaim from even the most hardened music press, who have described her sound as "entrancing." 

Impossible was recorded at Modern World Studios in the UK with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Junica (feat. Ladyhawke), Melanie C) engineer Clint Murphy and a team of British and Kiwi musicians on board. ‘Impossible’ gained exposure with 3 singles ‘Good As Gold, Impossible & Cruel to be Kind’ making it onto NZ On Airs Kiwi Hit Discs & 2 of the singles received nationwide airplay on Classic Hits as part of their ‘As Kiwi As’ initiative. 

Most recently Katie has released her live EP ‘Moving On’ recorded at Quicksand Studios. This live album is far removed from the polished tracks that can be heard on previous albums but you'll find this is a truer representation of what she brings to her live shows. It’s been described as fantastically raw but also wonderfully soft. 

Website : http://www.katiethompson.co.nz/


Oslo Brown

SATURDAY 1st February 1.00 - 2.00 pm - Art Beat

Oslo Brown is a pop trio from Auckland. Individually, they come from a variety of musical backgrounds.

The lead vocalist and ukulele bass player is Charlie. She is a classically trained pianist, and this expertise has loaned itself to her proficiency on the keyboard and bass. Charlie's musical background has mostly been in orchestras, jazz and concert bands.

The acoustic guitarist, Olivia whose lyrics and melodies so often come from the heart, and her life experiences, is also from a classically trained piano background. She has been a member of rock bands in and around Auckland, and, as well, spent over a year in Canada where she sang and played in an acoustic duo. Her ability on the acoustic guitar is intriguing to listen to. Olivia also 'drives' the Stomp box, and is a back-up vocalist.

Carl is the lead guitarist and his musical roots lie in the alternative rock genre. He has been in bands of this style as lead guitarist, song and lyric writer. The music from these projects has ranged from soft acoustic pieces to progressive riff driven rock songs and most things in between. Carl has also written music to accompany poetry and rap and enjoys experimenting with finding the right tones and effects no matter what genre. While individually they come from diverse musical backgrounds, collectively, they are Oslo Brown.

The trio whose songs are heartfelt; whose live performances are engaging; and a trio whose harmonies blend beautifully. Their sound is unique. Their harmonies are polished. Their lyrics are heartfelt. Their stage presence is commanding. When you attend one of their live performances, you will indeed understand why their popularity is gaining momentum. These performances are testament to the time and effort they devote to their songs.

Join Oslo Brown on their unique musical journey.

Website : www.oslobrown.com

Listen : www.cdbaby.com/cd/oslobrown

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French For Rabbits

FRIDAY 31st January - 1.30 - 2.30pm - Art Beat

Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-pop duo French for Rabbits have been quietly building a reputation around the world for their growing collection of songs clouded in eerie instrumentation, and sea-misted lyricism.

Alongside a word-of-mouth and blogger buzz for their EP ‘Claimed by the Sea’ and dreamy live shows, they have garnered support from New Zealand alternative radio. Subsequently, the EP was nominated for Best folk album of 2013 in the New Zealand music awards. In 2013, they headed to the UK for the first time to test the waters after promising radio play by BBC 6’s Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft; The Shed’s Mark Coles; and Amazing Radio. They have since toured through Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the UK with festival appearances at Secret Garden Party and the Wilderness Festival along the way.

Brooke Singer, who is the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the duo, began performing with guitarist John Fitzgerald in 2011. They are currently working on their debut album due out early in 2014.

Facebook page:  www.frenchforrabbits.com

Listen: www.frenchforrabbits.bandcamp.com


Adam McGrath of The Eastern

SUNDAY 12th January - 1.30-2.30pm -  Art Beat

Adam McGrath is a resident of the port town of Lyttelton Harbour. He writes and sings folk songs for a living as the lead singer of The Eastern. With his comrades in The Eastern he spends most of his time traversing the lowlands, highlands and highways of the shaky isles of NZ and parts across the sea. He believes in spirit, hope, kindness and bare knuckle thinking aswell as the majesty of Smokey Robinson, Barry Saunders and The Clash.

McGrath's work with The Eastern needs little introduction to Kiwi fans of foot stomping folk music and barrooms. This relentless ensemble is continually described as NZ’s hardest working band.

Three albums in and with a reputation as a fierce and heart swelling live draw, 2012 has seen the band already ticking off four months of touring around NZ and Australia. They’ve supported and toured with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes, Trinity Roots, The Warratahs and Louisiana’s own Li’l Band o Gold.

Their latest album ‘Hope & Wire’ entered the NZ charts at #11, peaked at #2 and reached number #1 on iTunes NZ. The album has gathered kind reviews everywhere including 4 stars from the UK’s Q magazine and 5 stars from the NZ Herald.

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Alana Henderson

SUNDAY 12th January - 11.30-1.00pm -  Art Beat

Alana Henderson is 24 year old Irish singer-songwriter-cellist from county Tyrone who released her 'bewitching' debut EP 'Wax & Wane' in February 2013 & was listed by Hot Press magazine as ‘one to watch’ for 2013.

Alana's esoteric sound fuses folk, classical, blues and pop influences, combining lyrics of great poetic depth with a burning sense of intellectual enquiry. Powerful tales of lost love and broken relationships, fragile delicate vocals, combine with emotive cello accompaniment and effective song structures that ease along and bring surprising moments of vigour. Her stage-presence, songs with great melody and heart, combined with her disarmingly honest songwriting style, make her a truly captivating performer.

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Flip Grater

SATURDAY 11th January - 1pm - 2pm - Art Beat

Paris-based New Zealand singer-songwriter Flip Grater has been busy recording her fourth studio album in Studio Pigalle. The album features a new French band and 12 brand new tracks. Release date: March 2014.

Over the past 10 years Flip Grater has released three critically acclaimed albums (2006's Cage For A Song, 2008's Be All And End All, and 2010’s While I’m Awake, I’m At War) and published two books - The Cookbook Tour and The Cookbook Tour Europe. 

The last 3 years have seen Flip performing across NZ with Fly My Pretties, touring in France, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, UK and Austria, touring Germany as support act for popular French bands Cocoon and Aaron, playing in Switzerland with Mathieu Boogaerts and showcasing at festivals such as The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and MAMA. Her last European jaunt also saw her featured on a cover compilation for the German edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Flip's last album While I'm Awake I'm At War was nominated for Folk Album of the Year at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards and released across Europe to much critical acclaim.

Flip Grater is carving out a niche in the international indie-folk world…and rightly so. Be sure to make yourself familiar

www.flip-grater.com

Shannelee Ray and Jimmy

SATURDAY 11th January - 11.00am - 12.30pm - Art Beat

Shannelee Ray is a quirky, pop/country/ folk singer/songwriter from Christchurch New Zealand. She started writing songs accompanied by her mother's old, rusty stringed, classical guitar at the age of 13 and since then has started nurturing and developing her talents.

Born on January 18, 1992, in Durban, South Africa, she began her journey of life. At the age of 12 Shannelee made her way over to New Zealand and began feeding her love for music and her passion of putting smiles on people's faces.
She began studying towards a Bachelor in musical arts at age 18 and is now in her third and final year.

Her music is gently formed by a collection of dreamy lyrics derived from encounters of love and life in all forms, floating melodies tied together with strings of emotion encapsulating memories and observations of life.

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/ShanneleeRayEtches 

Loren and Damien

FRIDAY 10th January - 1.30 - 2.30pm - Art Beat

Loren and Damien have been playing together for a year while studying at C.P.I.T. jazz school, and share a love of jazz music. In this duo they present their own interpretations of their favourite ballads, jazz standards and contemporary songs. Damien brings a fresh approach to jazz guitar, subtly supporting Loren's adventurous vocals, together presenting songs that are sometimes surprising, sometimes quirky but always compelling.