Adam McGrath is really doing his bit for New Zealand Music Month at our libraries. He’s appearing at Aranui Library tomorrow (Friday 2pm) and last night The Eastern opened Music Month at Central Library Tuam.
They were supported by two young singer-songwriters, Katie Thompson and Ivy Rossiter aka Luckless, both with strong and unique voices.
The Eastern has just returned from a tour of Australia – the last leg of 13 months of touring – and Adam’s voice was starting to show the strain. Not that it mattered in the least. Their high energy, foot tapping, let’s-get-up-and-dance music, combined with McGrath’s innate talent for engaging an audience, completely negated any vocal shortcomings.
None of this group stays still for more than about a second. As a result my photos were all either blurry or very blurry. The crowd of around 150 was equally energised and we all had a great night.
Adam McGrath, frontman of The Eastern, will be rocking the Aranui Library this Friday, May 3 from 2 – 3pm as part of the NZ Music Month programme in our libraries. Adam and his bandmates have played and recorded in houses and all kinds of public venues since the earthquakes.
Here’s Adam and The Eastern at the Gap Filler fair in Addington in April 2011.
I have always liked the music posters that adorn the hoarding around construction sites. Whilst waiting for the bus to arrive, I would discover that open mike night was on Wednesday, a band with a doubtful name would be playing in a seedy bar in an unsavory part of town, and the National Ballet would be performing The Nutcracker in two months’ time.
Unfortunately, not everyone appreciated these informative, ephemeral works of art. One night the posters were ripped off, the hoardings painted white and “Bill Posters Will Be Prosecuted” was stencilled across the hoarding in big, black letters. My early morning reading material was gone. How was I to find out when my favorite band was going to tour my home town or release a new album? Thank goodness, a new poster soon appeared: “William Posters Is Innocent”. The posters came back and Split Enz released a new album in early April 1978.
At Shirley Community Library, the spirit of Bill Posters lives on. Our small billboard promotes Music Month and the acts that will be performing here: Helen Webby, Shirley Primary School Kapa Haka, Sam Dally and Midge McCleary.
The bills went up when no-one was looking and William Posters was not prosecuted.
P.S. For more photos of the display, check out our Flickr photostream.