Fly My Pretties is an ever changing collective. A collaborative musical & visual show, set in a theatre environment, featuring fresh & established contemporary musicians & artists.
The focus is on original music and artistic collaboration, but the surrounding themes and aesthetics have made it much more of an experience than a just a concert.
Since its inception, Fly My Pretties has grown to become a local legend of music that continues to reach people all over the world. Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealanders’ hearts and minds in 2004, with the idea from The Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker (Loop), to assemble a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians and record it live in an intimate environment.
Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson (all in The Black Seeds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Age Pryor, Hollie Smith, Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) Adi Dick, Laughton Kora (Kora), Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey (Grand Prix), Tessa Rain, Mailee Matthews (CASH), Module, Brendan Moran, Darren Siggley, Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, L.A. Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara T.K (Electric Wire Hustle), Paul McLaney, Ryan Prebble, Tom Watson (Cassette), Rio Hunuki- emopo (TrinityRoots), Jayson Norris, Ned Ngatae (Anika Moa), Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight), James Coyle & Iraia Whakamoe (both The Nudge).
The AGM features Richard Adams (Nairobi Trio), Paul Gurney & Stuart McIntyre (The DeSotos), & Paul Crowther (formerly Split Enz & the Con Rays, plus creator of the Hot Cake guitar pedal).
Essentially an acoustic roots project that brings together some of New Zealand’s leading musicians in an intimate soundscape to deliver a mix of their original compositions and other material from the folk, country, bluegrass and jazz canons.
A New Zealand Singer Songwriter who sings the Blues.
Ralph started hollerin’ the Blues and playing Slide Guitar in 1978, after immersing himself in the Mississippi Delta Blues of the early 1900’s. He found his way there via the likes of Led Zep, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter.
“The first time I sang the Blues was at our Primary School End of Year Concert, I sang the lead on ‘Take this Hammer’ ( they even painted my face black!).
The first time I felt the Blues I was hitch hiking, more walking than rides, but the rhythm of those steps brought out words and phrases.
The first time I connected with the Blues was listening to Johnny Winter playing a National Steel ‘ Broke Down Engine ‘. I shared this with my new flatmate and he gave me the lecture: Blind Willie McTell, from then on it was total immersion, Sonny, Brownie, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Bessie Smith, Fred MacDowell, Robert Johnson of course, but more important to me Son House, Charley Patton, Bukka White and Blind Willie Johnson and then onto Elmore, Fleetwood Mac and Hound Dog Taylor.” Ralph Bennett-Eades
A true Kiwi Blues Journeyman. 100% Kiwi Blues.
One Dozen South Island Road Songs
Karamea to Kathmandu
Once On a Blue Moon
Live @ The Bush Lounge (Ralph and the Honey Badgers)
Eb & Sparrow is a genre-defying, five-piece folk band that has been gaining attention across the country from city bars to folk clubs, festivals to house concerts. They have played with Rodriguez, Pokey LaFarge, Beth Orton, Wagons, Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams, The Warratahs, Anika Moa, Tami Neilson, and Aldous Harding.
“We cast aching crescendoes of a time long gone, into a modern landscape” says singer and songwriter Ebony Lamb. Her impressionistic lyrics are imbued with a simple strength that comes from both heart and heartache. Her voice is unique – a cross between Cat Power and Gillian Welch and seems to resurrect an old-time soul into the here and now.
Lamb has worked tirelessly at her craft with a band that has grown organically around her. Lap-steel, trumpet and electric guitars swirl colourfully above solid and sensitive rhythm playing, moving effortlessly between a country shuffle, a Tex-Mex croon, and a hazy hooning workout.
“In these post-modem times, it’s easy to be suspicious of throwback folk music with vaudeville era aesthetics. Eb & Sparrow suggest not a yearning for an imagined brighter past, but a desire to participate in a simpler, more humanistic way of life.” – Martyn Pepperell, Vanguard Red Magazine.
Hailing from Lyttelton, New Zealand, part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman.
One hand holds a small brown suitcase; his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Russia, France, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, all destinations on the ten year Solo Tour with which Davidson has turned homelessness into a success of its own.
Man of a thousand faces, his work with paint, music, film and concept all has traces of his unique take on life. Part new world and part old world, this duality is echoed in the flavours he evokes with his work; Past VS present, too loud for folk VS too quiet for rock, Light VS Dark, Davidson’s restless work refuses to be still for the portrait it is asked to sit for. A pattern we see in his own restless life, indeed, the apple never falls far from the tree.
Otis Mace is a singer/songwriter/musician. Often a solo artist but sometimes the leader of a band – OMM (Otis Mace Music) – including John Segovia, Daniel Mannetto, Robbie Rolls, plus various other musos from the Auckland indie scene.
Crafty, irreverent, beguiling – Otis Mace presents comic love ballads, pop noir and surreal protest songs. Vivid stories introduce wildly provocative and punchy gems.
He has toured extensively and opened for diverse acts including: Billy Bragg, The Violent Femmes, Screaming Blue Messiahs, and D.O.A.
Albi and The Wolves are a four piece Folk Rock Band from Auckland, New Zealand. The band is headed by Chris (Albi) Dent on vocals and Guitar, Matt Owens on Banjo, Michael Young on the Double Bass and Pascal Roggen playing Fiddle.
AATW base themselves as an originals band but have a vast repertoire of popular covers mastered in their own way, style and feel.
They have toured New Plymouth, Raglan, Hamilton and Auckland playing at various popular venues.
The Slacks are the purveyors of proactivecrastination* at it’s sharpest and bring the infectiously festive Rolling Vibe, shifting seamlessly between rockabilly blues and country folk boogie woogie swing.
*proactivecrastination (noun). the action of postponing or delaying dull duty for the purpose of recreating oneself and getting on it.
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Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, Tiny Ruins now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.
While continuing to be based in New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past few years touring throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA, touring with and opening for bands such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Handsome Family, Calexico and Neil Finn.