The New Plymouth District Council are bringing a taste of WOMAD to the streets of New Plymouth!
2017 festival artists The Soil (South Africa), The East Pointers (Canada) and The Swan Sisters (NZ/Aotearoa) will be performing a free concert at the Puke Ariki Landing on Thursday 16th March from 11.30am – 1.30pm
Wet weather venue: TSB Showplace
The Swan Sisters
The Swan Sisters are award-winning singer/songwriter, Amiria Grenell, and accomplished musician, Amy Grace. Their music is a delicate blend of styles including folk, country and dreamy pop, with a dash of swingin’ blues. It encapsulates their friendship and love of storytelling.
The East Pointers
Ontario guitarist Jake Charron and 7th generation PEI musicians Tim (fiddle) and Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. An adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent debut release Secret Victory, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015, features the beautiful songs and a series of free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels that are the hallmark of these torchbearers of new traditional music.
South Africa’s great a cappella harmony singing tradition is given new life with The Soil’s bold contemporary style. Defined as Kasi Soul, the young trio’s music is an eclectic mix of township harmonies, soul, jazz, beatboxing and deep gospel. It’s the crossroad where generational and stylistic inspirations collide, and the sound is nothing short of joyous.