Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as a “Fire Breathing R&B Belter on her own terms”, award-winning country artist Tami Neilson brings to the stage both her incredible voice and a keen understanding of the history of the genre.

Premiering brand new songs written especially for New Zealand audiences, with stunning string arrangements by Victoria Kelly, Kingmaker is a high octane mix of Tami’s own original songs and tributes to iconic women in country music.

This night promises to be a driving, toe tapping musical tour de force.

From Dolly to the (Dixie) Chicks, The F Word is a journey of feminism through country music, from 1952 — the 1st female country artist at #1 – to today.

The award-winning Tami Neilson performs a rich songbook of country classics, and explores why songs of feminism were banned from country radio faster than a dirty word!

Known as one of the most conservative musical genres, country music’s predominantly male radio DJs have long held the position to make or break a career. Still, artists like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn saw their songs soar to #1 and become feminist anthems.

This theatre concert of humorous storytelling, peppered with shocking statistics and fun facts, has earworms to boot.

America is like an enormous armed toddler at an all-you-can eat dessert buffet, simultaneously eating and throwing pudding around the room. Who's going to tell him to stop? Where are his parents? A situation like this needs a calm, firm hand: someone with insight and experience, someone like Wilson Dixon.

"Deadpan delivery of some of the funniest songs you'll ever hear" - Time Out, UK

"Simply sensational and utterly unmissable" - TVNZ

"At the absolute top of his game" - Sunday Star Times

 

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Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver returns to New Zealand following the astounding success of the 2016 tour of Australia. Singer Bevan Gardiner, accompanied by international musicians perform all the John Denver songs with such accuracy and feeling that if you close your eyes you will be effortlessly transported to the era of John Denver. The show includes exclusive film footage of John Denver through his career, his personal life and his love for the environment.

Take Me Home is authorised and by arrangement with John Denver management.

Australian audiences experienced this show in 2016 and witnessed the rising talent Bevan Gardiner. Originally Gardiner debuted in Australia when he was the support act for American country singer Charley Pride. People rushed to buy his CD commenting how much he sounded like John Denver. Even Pride was impressed: "Bevan is amazing. He sounds just like John Denver", the country singer said at the time.

Two shows only - not to be missed!

Scotlands legendary singer/songwriter Isla Grant returns to New Zealand for her "Farewell Concert Tour".

Isla is an internationally acclaimed recording artist, her beautiful voice combining country folk songs to easy listening, presenting an unforgettable evening.

Isla's spellbinding concert features her wonderful hit songs and takes a nostalgic look at her long and successful career.

Al Grant, Isla's genial and talented husband will join her on stage to bring his irrepressible humor to the show, also featuring his tribute to Jim Reeves.

Isla's farewell concert performance will be a 'Grand' international concert not be missed.

Evening Show now sold out, but Isla has added a special Nelson Matinee.

Take Me Home - The Music & Life of John Denver takes you on a musical journey of one of the world's most captivating and celebrated men.

Through the exclusive film footage, his love for life, and concerns for the environment are poignantly portrayed in this stage presentation. John's love for life, concerns for the environment, through to his premature death are all included within the presentation.

The motivation for many of his hit songs are explained, including visiting Jacques Cousteau on Calypso, which was the inspiration for his worldwide mega-hit 'Calypso'.

Singer Bevan Gardiner, accompanied by international musicians perform all the John Denver songs with such accuracy and feeling that if you close your eyes you will be effortlessly transported to the era of John Denver.

See Bevan on The Sunday programme here

Take Me Home is authorised and by arrangement with John Denver management

 

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