Category Archives: Music

From wax cylinders to streaming music

I have a nice Ngaio Press publishing project at the moment – a history of Charles Begg & Co, a company which bestrode New Zealand’s musical scene for over 100 years from the 1860s. The manuscript was written by the … Continue reading

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Gwin back to Dixie

Last Saturday night I listened to a live dixieland band for the first time in 45 years. The previous time I was part of the band, at a NZ Universities Arts Festival held in Palmerston North in my final year at … Continue reading

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The best Christmas present

My best Christmas present this year didn’t arrive on Christmas Day. It came on Christmas Eve, when I played the piano for residents of Martinborough’s Wharekaka Rest Home. It’s something I do from time to time, usually playing Great American … Continue reading

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Back with a (virtual) band

I’m back with a band again. It’s the old John MacGibbon Trio of the late sixties and early seventies, revived with a better bass player and drummer. Unfortunately they’re virtual players – you can’t go down to the Muso’s Club … Continue reading

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Who put the bomp in the bomp shoo bomp shoo bomp?

You can rock it you can roll it Do the stomp and even stroll it At the hop When the record starts a spinnin’ You chalypso and you chicken at the hop Do the dance sensation that is sweepin’ the … Continue reading

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