Under its Honorary conductor, Mr Joseph Wright, the orchestra gave several notable performances in the early 1900s, where it earned a reputation for “honest and tuneful work”. . At the King’s Theatre “The programme was a not too ambitious one, but each item was given nicely and brightly”. On their annual visit to Sunnyside Hospital they were given “three hearty cheers” at the end. At an advertised performance at the Choral Hall, patrons were invited to “Come and hear the wonderful Boy Banjoist, Master D’Arcy Wright”.
Many of the instruments (including Harp-guitar) are stamped The Gibson – worth a fortune today!
Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008. The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.
… or so it seemed for a lazy hour at South Library last Saturday. The sun streamed in through tall windows and it was easy to forget that winter is just around the corner as local duo Hugh Campbell and Jon Hooker treated book browsers and music lovers to the gentle sound of fingerpicking, slide and blues guitar.
It was great to see people hunting for books while tapping their feet to the rhythm of the blues. And one elderly couple was spotted jiving in a stately fashion as the Cannonball Rag twinkled over the non-fiction shelves.
You might remember him from Rua, or Hampster, or The Two Jimmies. I remember him playing solo at the Harbourlight with his fingers flying and the frets melting as he riffed off in one direction, then another, then another.
And thanks to the Naxos Music Library, I can listen to those wonderful guitar sounds whenever I feel the need. Two of his albums are included:
Over the years I’ve been to many great concerts with my Dad. He’s introduced me to some of my favourite musicians including James Taylor, Dave Matthews and the Finn Brothers and I always jump at the chance to go and see someone in concert that I’ve never heard of before. Tommy Emmanuel was one such musician, and when I went to see him in concert at the Theatre Royal a couple of years ago I was blown away. The things that he could do with a guitar were amazing and it was easy to forget that he was the only musician on the stage. After the concert I just had to hear more from Tommy and got some of his previous CDs from the Library.
Therefore, when I saw that we had just got Tommmy Emmanuel’s new live CD, Center Stage, at the Library I had to get my hands on it. The CD is fantastic and it was like being back at that concert again. One of my favourite songs from the new CD is a masterpiece called ‘Initiation’ in which Tommy shows the range of his guitar skills.
If you appreciate true musical genius, check out Tommy Emmanuel
Being a librarian means that you get to see a lot of books, particularly new ones. It’s not every day that you audibly gasp with delight when a new book falls into your hands but it happened today. The little black Kiwi songbook is the just about the best thing since sliced Vogels.
Why the excitement? Well, it has the chords and lyrics to over 120 classic kiwi songs of the pub-rock variety and features many songs from APRA’s top 100 New Zealand songs of all time. Songs from The Clean, Dave Dobbyn, the Finns (in various incarnations), Scribe, Opshop and The Exponents are all included. It’s an absolute must for budding buskers or summer party guitarists. Grab this and the Outrageous Fortune soundtrack and you’ll be in full Kiwi party mode in time for Christmas.