Tomorrow night is the first of two ‘Songs from the Wonderfish Collective’ shows… with a 16-piece string section!
I’ve been chipping away at this project for a few months. Basically, these guys are a bunch of singer-songwriters who perform several gigs a year, usually at The Victoria Theatre in Devonport and Galatos in the city. Frequently they include a string duo or quartet, plus a horn section… often making them a 15-piece on stage. Funky as.
On this occasion they decided to go big, getting a full 16-piece string section to accompany them on stage. And that’s where I came in. While the first half of the show will be the band in their usual format, for the second half I’ve written eight new arrangements which will be performed by members of the Devonport Chamber Orchestra and Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and will be conducted by yours truly.
We’ve knocked out a few rehearsals and it’s sounding fantastic! These guys are talented writers. Come along and enjoy.
VOCALS/GUITAR/MANDOLIN/BANJO - Al Baxter
VOCALS/GUITAR/UKULELE - Nick Edgar
VOCALS/GUITAR - Alex Mckegg
VOCALS - Robbie Mckegg
DRUMS - Rusty Knox
BASS - Glenn Coldham
CONDUCTOR / ARRANGEMENTS - Ryan Youens
VIOLIN 1 - Helen Crook, Michael Hunter, Helen van Druten, Glynn Sergeant
VIOLIN 2 - Emily Allen, Soren Wislang, Alex Laubli, Arthur Ranford
VIOLA - Robyn Strange, Joseph Chen, Judith Gust, Andrea Smith
CELLO - Maxine Cunliffe, Claire Postlethwaite, Michelle Caldicott, Mary Greig-Clayton
6th April - The Vic, Devonport 8pm (tickets here)
13th April - TAPAC, Western Springs 8pm (tickets here)
See you there!