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MUSIC

It’s a happening thing BY PETE RAINEY

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ow that NZ Music Month has been and gone, it’s interesting to see what June brings to the Top of the South music scene. In a word it’s a pretty eclectic. So here goes. Why not kick off winter with a weekend at the Mussel Inn checking out the Wellington Sea Shanty Society on Saturday 1 June, and their alter egos indie popsters Vorn, and electro posters Lake South on Sunday 2 June. The Shanty Society has a great website – should be fun. It’s a busy weekend with a burlesque cabaret on Saturday 2nd and Jordan Luck Band and Ekko Park on Sunday 3rd at The Playhouse in Mapua. If you’re quick you can catch the last performances of Nelson College for Above: Wellington Sea Shanty Society on stage 96

Girls’ season of Witches of Eastwick at the Theatre Royal in Nelson till June 1st, and the wrap-up gig for the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival at the Nelson School of Music on Sunday the second. The Theatre Royal continues its rather spooky June season with Dracula the Bloody Truth from 12 - 15 June, and the Aussie production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on the Broom (my kids must know that word for word). Penny Ashton returns to Nelson with her Jane Austen inspired Promise and Promiscuity on Saturday the 22nd, and popular Dunedin songwriter Mitch James performs two shows on 27th and 28th – but they’ve probably sold out by now. The fabulous ASB theatre in Blenheim presents the Pink Floyd Experience on Sun June 2, the 7 Days team on a Winter Road Trip on Wednesday June 12, and the Marlborough Civic Orchestra with a great concert on Saturday June 22 (including Saint – Saens’ Carnival of the Animals). If you’re hankering after a bit of jazz – take in the Nelson Jazz Club’s winter jazz sessions at the Waimea Club on Sunday June 2, 16, and 30 from 3.00 - 5.00 pm. The NCMA continues its very busy

“… our fragile arts infrastructure needs ongoing support.” year with a jam-packed June featuring lunchtime concerts by local singer songwriter Bryce Wastney on June 6, combined Nelson Colleges chamber orchestra on June 20, and the two cello Schubert Quintet on June 27. The popular Sunday afternoon celebration series continues with Douglas Mews at the organ and harpsichord on June 9, a bevy of orchestras in the Orchestral Pathways concert on June 23, and an end of term Student Showcase on Sunday 30 June. The Nelson City Council will be deliberating on Annual Plan submissions from the 4th to the 6th of June. Let’s hope they are true to their word and encourage city centre development by fully supporting our fabulous Theatre Royal and Nelson Centre for Musical Arts. The demise of the Ghost Light Theatre is a sobering reminder that our fragile arts infrastructure needs ongoing support. We can all play our part by supporting concerts and shows – and this June it seems there is plenty of opportunity to do just that.

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