Award-winning Golden Bay musician, songwriter and performer Levity Beet, and internationally recognised session musician, songwriter, children’s author and ‘shark wrestler’ Gerry Paul, bring their comical family Christmas show to Nelson in December.
Beet and Paul take to the stage at the Theatre Royal Nelson with ‘Hank the Shark’s Underwater Christmas’ on Saturday 07 December, with performances at 12 noon and 2.30pm. Guaranteed to bring tons of festive fun and entertainment to the children of Nelson and their families, the pair is already well known in the area for their work in kindergartens and schools. Both have inspired thousands of New Zealand children with their contagious energy and zany humour.
Beet and Paul met at the APRA Children’s songwriting awards in Christchurch earlier this year, where they admired each other’s work. They decided to join forces and to bring their own brand of festive magic to the children of Nelson with two unique performances. Expect all Paul’s wacky and wonderful songs from under the sea and Beet’s humorous tunes, stories and new musical inventions, with a double-act of some Christmas favourites at the end of each performance.
Levity Beet always wows audiences with his lively and eclectic performances. Covering all the important issues of the day – from zombies to ninjas, neurotic spoonbills and political comment by piranhas – Beet’s performances always surprise and appeal to audiences. Although he has spent the last 15 years focusing on entertaining children aged two to six years, Beet’s shows always bring a smile to the faces of young and old. He won the Apra Children’s song of the year in 2009 for ‘Little Blue’ and was a finalist in the ISC songwriting competition for ‘The wheels on the bus they don’t go round’ in the same year.
Gerry Paul’s return to the Theatre Royal Nelson sees him reunite with his ‘Elephant Tree Band’, having just returned from a three month tour of Germany, Ireland and the UK. There, he worked with legends from Ravi Shankar’s band and was selected as the house guitar player for Ireland’s National Music Week. The Week entailed Paul traveling around Ireland on a ‘music train’, recording and performing with 50 of Ireland’s top singers, including Bronagh Gallagher of ‘The Commitments’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ fame. His recently-published children’s book ‘Hank the Shark’ has just made a big splash over in Ireland, where he has been employed to write, present and produce his own kids TV series for Irish television in 2014.
Paul has spent the past 14 years touring the world and has performed in over 40 countries. He has played in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. An in demand session musician, Paul has played with some of the world’s best known folk musicians, including Grammy Award Winning Bluegrass Icon Tim O’Brien, Irish Accordion maestro Sharon Shannon, as well as his own band Gráda. He has recently collaborated with New Zealand singers Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons. Last year, Paul’s song ‘Hank the Wrestling Shark’ was awarded the 2010 Grand Prize in the prestigious international John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Another song off the album ‘Workin’ on the Worm Farm’ was a finalist and received an honourable mention in the International Songwriting Competition 2011.