My NZ Music Month performance pick

New Zealand Music Month is upon us again and I have been happily perusing the great array of musical offerings we’ve lined up around the library network. Last year I was lucky enough to be working at Lyttelton Library when Carmel Courtney sang to us on a cold and rainy Saturday. Her performance made a wintry workday morning magical, and I’m delighted to see she’s not only singing again this year at Lyttelton Library on Saturday 19 May but also at my current library, Central Library Peterborough, on Saturday 5 May.

Carmel is a Lyttelton-based singer-songwriter whose lyrical music combines jazz and Latin influences with an alternative vibe. She accompanies herself on guitar, keyboard and saxophone. I’m looking forward to another memorable performance.

What are you looking forward to this Music Month at your library?

Live, local music cheers gloomy Saturday

Carmel Courtney at Lyttelton LibraryIt was perfect – serenaded by the soulful, conversational music of Carmel Courtney in the warm while the rain drummed on the roof. With a mix of her own compositions and a few covers, last Saturday’s performance was polished yet personal; Courtney’s first since the quake. At times mellow and expressive, sometimes fiery, but with just the right leavening dash of fun, Courtney’s voice kept her audience engaged and captured many more new arrivals as they popped in to find something of interest.

We couldn’t have asked for  better.