New Year’s Eve. Four of us arrive, dressed in appropriate finery, at the pre-arranged time of 7.00pm, to set up to play at one of New Zealand’s most remote and exclusive rural resorts. We have been contracted, through an agent, to facilitate New Year’s celebrations for a couple of dozen guests. We are shown to the room in… Read More »
Hope your 2018 has kicked off well – hope to see you all soon somewhere. Ours began with a wedding, two cruises up the Whanganui River on the Waimaie paddle steamer and an afternoon concert at Aotea Lagoon. I’m frantically juggling the diary for the year’s schedule – regular gigs in place at Giuseppe’s (Mediterranean Food Warehouse), The… Read More »
The annual jazziest kicks off again this weekend and we are flattered and thrilled to have been invited back again with our tour party, numbering about 30 this year. We’ll be lining up with the sensational Feral Swing Katz, Gospel/soul chanteuse Pearl Noire and the Jazz Factory. Also sitting back in the sun at Emily Bay over a… Read More »
The Andrew London Trio is my main vehicle for my satirical, whimsical and comedic songs, which are wrapped in a 1940s ‘Hot Club’ swing, jazz, blues or country-style package. Actually they are veering a little towards English Music Hall these days. Line up includes Kirsten London on bass and usually either Nils Olsen or James Tait-Jamieson, both saxophonists.… Read More »
Too Many Chiefs are four songwriters: Andrew London, Laura Collins, Rob Joass and Wayne Mason. These ‘Chiefs’, all of whom lead their own bands, met for a coffee one fateful day in 2012, and conspired to form a collaboration in which they would perform each other’s songs together without their usual ‘Indians’. Laura leads the Back Porch Blues Band, Wayne the Fallen Angels and Rob the Shot Band and Hobnail.… Read More »
From a chance meeting in a Paekakariki cafe in 2012, four singer/songwriter bandleaders hatched a cunning plan to join forces and present a show featuring their favourite original songs, without their usual ‘Indians’. Although working in slightly different genres the Chiefs discovered enough common ground to compile a repertoire that brings together elements of jazz, country, folk, blues… Read More »
Andrew London’s whimsical songs reflect the national psyche with gentle irreverence, and playfully lampoon many of New Zealand society’s obsessions and taboos. Themes run the gamut from rugby fans, television evangelists, politicians and weddings to male insecurities, technophobia, youth culture, household appliances, pretentious socialites, parenthood, and various other issues of concern to the average middle-aged, middle-class Middle-Earth-dwelling Kiwi. Download our press pack to… Read More »
The current Cattlestops line-up is Andrew London (guitar), James Cameron (bass), Lance Philip (drums), Wayne Mason (keys) and Ross McDerrmott (steel guitar). Occasionally we are joined by guitarist Nick Granville. Tui finalists in 2007 with their second album ‘Back To Rosetta Road’, The Cattlestops and their music featured in the movie ‘Second Hand Wedding’. New album ‘Dance in the Rain’ released August 2016.