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Arts On Tour New Zealand in association with the Southland Festival of the Arts present

The Jews Brothers

May 1st, 7.30 pm. 2015

Venue: Aparima College Hall

Book: Riverton Community Arts Centre, 149 Palmerston Street. Riverton.

This eclectic and eccentric five-piece from New Zealand always hits the stage in an explosion of energy and keeps up the pace throughout. It's exhilarating foot-stomping, hand-clapping repertoire, both original and traditional, features wild Eastern- European dance medleys, neo-40s New York swing, gypsy "hot club", schmaltzy waltzes and funky dance grooves. The line-up is two kiwis, two New Yorkers and a Londoner and they play a wide array of instruments.

Arts on Tour New Zealand 2014 Presents...

Loren and Mark

31st October, 7.30 pm

Venue: Riverton Union Church Hall, 126 Palmerston Street, Riverton

Book: Riverton Community Arts Centre, 149 Palmerston Street.

Ticket Price: Members- $20, Non-Members- $25

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb’s live performances feature not only their spectacular technique, but also their creative interaction, and connection with the audience.

Tommy Emmanuel, the famous Australian guitar sensation says of the pair ...Fresh and exciting... These guys ROCK!!”. Influenced by Americana, Bluegrass, Jazz and more, this is guitar playing like you’ve never heard!


Past Performances

Arts on Tour New Zealand presents....

“Neither musical nor theatrical experiences come any more astonishing than the Wheel of Experience. …You hear about good performers bringing songs to life, but in this case, the songs seem to give birth to the performers.” -Nick Bollinger, The Sampler

Wonderful musicianship, NZ stories - Wheel of Experience Arts On Tour NZ national tour May 2014

Wednesday 21 May 7.30pm Riverton Community Arts Centre $25; $20; $5 Book: Riverton Community Arts Centre (A Southland Festival of the Arts Presentation)


Pot Luck Poetry Night

Saturday 25 January 2014, 7.30pm

Riverton Community Arts Centre is pleased to present a night of verse on Saturday 25th January. The entertainment begins at 7.30pm and features special guests Cilla McQueen, former NZ Poet Laureate, and poet/musician Gary Elford who will MC the night. Members of the Riverton Community will also take to the stage and read their (or others) work. Tickets are $15 and people are encouraged to bring a plate, bring along friends, relax, enjoy and join in celebrating the spoken word.

Tickets $15 from the Arts Centre


Sad But True

Sunday 9th February, 7.30pm

The music of Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams

Winners of the ‘NZ Country Music Album of the Year 2013’ award

Delaney, dubbed by Ray Columbus as ‘the future of NZ country music’, was awarded the Country Music Song of the year award for 2012, and was a finalist in the 2011 APRA Silver Scroll awards. Marlon, founding member of the Unfaithful Ways, Harbour Union and Sad but True bands, was recently described as ‘most valuable player for NZ’ by Radio NZ’s Nick Atkinson. Marlon is also a veteran of 10 years of international travelling with the Catholic Choir. An opportunity to hear songs from their latest album before these two highly popular performers head off in different overseas directions.

Book at Riverton Community Arts Centre Arts Centre members $20, non-members $25


Playing Miss Havisham

7.00pm, Sunday 25th August

Members $20, Non-members $25

Book at the Arts Centre or SPG

Claudia lives in rural Canterbury and is looking for more excitement in her life. When an eccentric Irish filmmaker arrives in New Zealand to make a film of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’, Claudia is keen to audition. As she prepares for the role of Miss Havisham, Claudia’s own life takes on the twists and turns of a Dickens novel.

Written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider, directed by Sue and acted by Helen (Claudia), Playing Miss Havisham features music recorded by Richard Mapp - Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Granados, Debussy and two pieces written especially for the show by Gareth Farr.

A work of unexpected visual richness, Playing Miss Havisham unfolds with mystery, music and surprise.


curl up and dye your hair

7.30pm, Saturday 27 July

A one-woman-show performed by Doetie Keizer. It consists of funny anecdotes and of music (song, ukulele, accordion) related mainly to Doetie’s father’s life. The length of the show is 2 x 35 minutes. Admission fee is a donation. Please BYO for an enjoyable evening of entertainment. ________________________________________________________

Haggis Sandwich

7.30pm, Tuesday 7 May

Members $20, Non-members $25

Book at the Arts Centre

Kiwis love Andrew London and the lyrics he dreams up as a performer with Hot Club Sandwich.

And given the number of Kiwis who claim Scottish descent, it is not surprising that Steve McDonald’s Celtic inspired music inspires floods of patriotic nostalgia and over a million CD sales worldwide.

Now the two team up in Haggis Sandwich, a wide-angled and often irreverent approach to Kiwi culture – where some of it came from (Scotland), where it is now, and what we can expect in the future, given the everyday issues that consume and confuse so many of us. Food fads, youth culture, male insecurities, weddings, rugby, coffee – all of these and more are explored and exploited in Haggis Sandwich. _________________________

Friday 15 March, 7.30pm

Stuart O'Connor

Tickets: $10 Arts Centre Members, $15 Non-members

1300 shows in 6 years and counting as a full time touring musician with 6 tours in Japan, 5 in New Zealand, 3 in Australia, 2 in Italy as well one-off tours in Thailand and Holland and numerous tours in the UK. Stuart describes himself as a psychedelic folk singer/songwriter – his music is hard to categorise but this talented and committed independent performer has successfully “quit the day job” and is making a living out of his music with several albums to his credit. He remains genuinely grateful for every kind word, musical note, or sofa along the way. Find out more about Stuart and his music at www.stuartoconnor.com and www.myspace.com/stuartoconnor

Also read a recent review of Stuart`s new album here: http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/stuart-oconnor-go-forth-bright-scenic/

Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm

The Eastern

We keep hearing how brilliant this band is so get your tickets now!

Feedback from the current tour ... "I just had to let you know about The Eastern ... it was probably the best event we've ever had! Adam (what a character!) and the gang are a real class act and they had the place absolutely rocking. They were utterly outstanding - I am convinced you will be getting only the most extreme positive feedback from their tour. We had a record turn-out ... The Eastern far exceeded anything we've had before, in every respect. We'd have them back again at the drop of a hat!"


Wednesday 21 November, 7.30pm


“Nothing short of pyrotechnic display of dazzling virtuosity by four highly imaginative and gifted musicians.”

“These four talented musicians have the skill to make music of the highest quality look easy. They play together with complete trust.”

Since its launch in 2009, Beyondsemble has shot into the limelight on the local festival scene and is receiving attention offshore. Not long back from a successful European trip, the band is preparing for a nationwide tour – once again featuring an eclectic mix of original and improvised music merging Celtic, Latin, Jazz and Gypsy rhythm, all executed with consummate skill and infectious enthusiasm.

Featured on this upcoming tour is a change of line-up to include the multi-talented Jon Sanders (guitar, ukulele, bouzouki, vocals) in place of original guitarist Mark Mazengarb, presently pursuing his passion for American guitar music in the United States, and John Ellis on saxophone and clarinet. Continuing with Beyondsemble is founder Craig Denham (accordion, piano, whistles, vocals) and Chris Koole (cajon, percussion, lead vocals).

Beyondsemble launched its debut album, Beyondsemble in September 2011 to excellent reviews.

About the musicians

Craig Denham has been composing and performing most of his life. He began playing professionally at age 12 with his father Bob Denham, a Kerikeri jazz saxophone and clarinet player. Craig has opened at the Auckland Festival with the Mamaku Project, played WOMAD and performed in Australia, The United States, UK and Ireland, France and the Islands.

Jon Sanders took up the guitar aged 12 and soon made his mark in London playing electric and acoustics in rock and folk bands in the 80's. He moved to Ireland in the early 90's where his career took off, developing a unique guitar and bouzouki style and playing with some of the greats in Irish traditional music including Mary and Michael Black, and Seamus Begley. Since relocating to NZ he has been making a name with the Sanders Alley Khan trio. www.jon–sanders.com

John Ellis is a multi–instrumentalist who plays woodwinds, hand and stick percussion, piano and a small flute. Originally from a classical background, John has developed a special interest in world music, working extensively with contemporary, African and Middle Eastern dance. He also writes and plays live music for theatre.

Chris Koole grew up in a musical family where he and his brothers learned the piano before moving onto guitar and drums. A composer and performer, Chris has created his own version of the cajon (box drum) as a way to reproduce most of the sounds of a drum kit, without having to transport one.

Members $20, Non-members $25

Wednesday 24 October, 7.30pm

DO or DI?

Remember those musical divas, Doris Day and Dinah Shore and their chart topping songs of the Billboard era? Linn, Anna and Hersh have great fun singing the songs in a non-stop presentation that spoofs the television game show format of the 50’s. With Herschel Herscher as game show host, Do or Di offers two hours of audience participation and prizes interspersed with outrageous musical and comedic talent - expect jazzy arrangements, three-part harmony, piano and accordion solos. Which diva was the hit maker? Attend the show and find out. Anna Rugis created the show.

About the artists

Anna Rugis - New Zealand born singer Anna Rugis began her career as a backup singer for Cat Stephens, Cliff Richard, The Kinks and Van Morrison, touring the US with these artists. She is also a composer and a poet, gaining a reputation for originality and power.

“Anna Rugis is a brilliant composer as well as a fine lyricist and singer with an enchanting voice. Beautifully crafted, light hearted and at the same time, as deep as it gets.” Women in Music (USA)

Linn Lorkin - The phenomenally talented Linn Lorkin has performed at the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London and regularly tours in Europe, US and Australia as the lead singer in The Jews Brothers Band and French Toast. She sings in several languages and has recorded twelve albums for her own label, Rouge Records, including five CDs of original songs and two of French chansons. Her show, ‘Hey Piano Lady’, gained four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and an invitation to appear again this year (3-25 August).

“Lorkin is a national treasure.” William Dart, NZ Listener

Herschel Herscher - Born in Brooklyn, New York, Herschel Herscher was a pianist, accordionist, arranger and bandleader with various well known New York Latin music groups before moving to New Zealand in 1985. On arrival in this country, he immediately set about creating a musical life for himself, including founding Nairobi Trio, then creating The Jews Brothers Band and (with partner Linn Lorkin) French Toast. His newest musical adventure is the group Charanga Amadeus, dedicated to presenting authentic Cuban music from the 1950s. He was recently awarded the Tony Rodriguez Award for Excellence for services to Latin music.

Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm

The Intricate Art of Actually Caring

Audiences first viewed The Intricate Art of Actually Caring in playwright Eli Kent’s bedroom. Eli and friend Jack Shadbolt were the two actors in the show, performed to an audience of just 15.

The intimacy of that first production, which won Best Theatre and enjoyed a three week sellout season at the 2009 Fringe Awards, has carried over into the theatre version, which Arts On Tour NZ is proud to tour nationally in June.

Eli and Jack spend their days hanging out in Eli’s bedroom until the death of a mate sparks a spiritual journey. Fact and fiction blur when Eli’s bedroom becomes a car, leading the two young men to poet James K Baxter’s grave in remote Hiruharama (Jerusalem).

Described as ‘a comedy about apathy’, The Intricate Art of Actually Caring’s fresh energy and bitingly honest dialogue gives insight into the issues and ideas affecting young people today. It is also very entertaining.

“…There is barely a concern or issue of human existence that The Intimate Art of Actually Caring does not touch upon and yet it never feels earnest or didactic. Nor is it trivial, not in the least….Don’t miss it.”

Performance approx. 70 mins. Contains strong language and sexual references. Suitable 16 and over.

Tickets from the Arts Centre: $20 members, $25 non-members


An Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview

Saturday 14 July, 7.30pm

A Cry Too Far From Heaven

This performance is a fundraiser to help cover the costs of taking this Southland-based performance to the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There will also be a raffle on the night.

Written and performed by Angela Newell, Jade Gillies and Lizzie Dawson

Tomorrow two New Zealanders will be executed. Minnie Dean, infamous 'baby farmer' who was hanged for infanticide, and Victor Spencer, young deserter from World War One, seek redemption and clemency. Did their societies get it wrong? Is the death penalty a one size fits all solution to crime and punishment? Should they die at the hands of the state? And if you knew the truth, would you pull the trigger on the gun or gallows? A provocative play, A Cry Too Far From Heaven examines the human realities of individuals facing capital punishment.

The play focuses on executions so parental guidance is advised. Suitable 12 and over.

Tickets $18 from the Arts Centre or SPG


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