THE FRANK JOHN TRIO with WilkieMac
At Raglan Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart Street, Raglan
Friday 2nd November
Doors open at 7pm, Gig starts at 7.30pm
$15 at the door.
New Plymouth-based duo, Frank John & Erin Manu, is Taranaki’s foremost guitar duo. OriginallyÂ from Amsterdam, guitarist Frank brings his technical brilliance to this duo. Born & raised inÂ Taranaki, Erin provides the contrast with her Pacific rhythms and smooth and smoky vocals.
The couple has gained a reputation for breathing life into their interpretations of covers – “high energy bluegrass, lonesome blues, heartfelt ballads and country-swing” – with tight harmoniesÂ and solid arrangements of well-known standards, hidden gems and their own compositions.
Whether it’s a sizzling instrumental or the soulful delivery of a ballad, this partnership creates aÂ unique sound, influenced by American Roots Music. With the addition of bass maestro, RobÂ Greenfield (classical/jazz), provides another layer and, at last, space for light to shine on Frankâ€™sÂ well crafted instrumentals.
Duo Lynne Wilkins and Michael Mackinnon are based in Raglan, a small west coast town with aÂ big reputation as a creative community. Inspired by songs that deliver on both melody andÂ lyrics, WilkieMac will take you on a journey around the globe and spanning the centuries. TheÂ repertoire includes Wilkins’ own compositions, and a mix of contemporary writers’ works,Â traditional folk songs, and a few that just can’t be categorised! WilkieMac use a variety ofÂ instruments and vocal combinations to create a soundscape that will lift and inspire, get youÂ singing along, tapping your feet; it will tug at your heartstrings, and draw you along the path ofÂ whimsy.