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  • Bill Morris on Davy Lowston ( 4′ 41″ )

    Writer, Film-maker, and historian Bill Morris discusses New Zealand's oldest Pakeha folk song 'Davy Lowston' at the Wellington Folk Festival 2014.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Nov 2014

  • Wellington Folk Festival 2014 ( 26′ 29″ )

    Since 1965 Wellington's Folk Festival has been bringing together musicians and audiences to share songs, tunes, stories, and a bit of homebrew. This year they reflected on those who've been before, and those who'll follow in their folkie footsteps, with a range of ages and styles. Kirsten Johnstone collected some of the sounds on offer.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Nov 2014

  • Flix Rose 'Like Birds' ( 2′ 57″ )

    Flix Rose performs her original song 'Like Birds' in session at the Wellington Folk Festival 2014.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Nov 2014

  • Introducing - Dad Jokes ( 5′ 44″ )

    Dad Jokes, with their song Bad Friend, from the EP Bad Friends.

    From Introducing on 28 Oct 2014

  • Bohemian Nights in session ( 12′ 9″ )

    Australian duo Bohemian Nights took time out from the The 50th Wellington Folk Festival to drop by the Radio Nealand Studios bringing with them a party-time mix of styles from around the world including Klezmer and Tango.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • Ladi6 - Live at the Powerstation ( 21′ 45″ )

    Future-soul performer Ladi6 and her band share cuts from Time Is Not Much, The Liberation of… and Automatic, recorded live at the Powerstation in August 2014.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • Anatomy of a Song- The Phoenix Foundation ( 16′ 32″ )

    Anatomy of A Song gets inside contemporary New Zealand hit tunes - in this episode The Phoenix Foundation unpack 'Black Mould'.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • Keystone State Boys Choir ( 11′ 50″ )

    The Keystone State Boys Choir from Philadelphia is the only choir to have visited all seven continents, including Antarctica. Anthonie Tonnon spent the day with the choir on their recent trip to New Zealand and talked to Director Steve Fisher about kinesthetic learning for a multi-tasking generation. Steve Fisher, Jo Fitzmartin, Martha Platt, Ethan Walters, Tamir Oliver

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • Philip Norman: Three Stages of Douglas Lilburn ( 22′ 7″ )

    Phillip Norman, author of Douglas Lilburn's biography, talks with Emma Smith about the life and work of this pioneering NZ orchestral and electroacoustic composer who will be honoured at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • The Six Strings of Rowland S Howard ( 14′ 39″ )

    Rowland S Howard's former band mates Harry Howard and Genevieve McGuckin talk about the life and legacy of the late, great Australian musician, his many solo projects and bands, and how his distinctive guitar sound and songs contributed to the evolution of Nick Cave's old band The Birthday Party.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Oct 2014

  • NZ Live - New Zealand Guitar Quartet. ( 37′ 59″ )

    The New Zealand Guitar Quartet formed in 2010 and have quickly developed a local following, and an international reputation.

    From Afternoons on 24 Oct 2014

  • Ha The Unclear ( 12′ 9″ )

    Ha the Unclear's Michael Cathro has overseen a long migration with his project - from Dunedin where he started the band under another name, to Cork, Ireland, and finally to Auckland. The migration has now become a stepwise one - his formerly Dunedin-based bandmates are currently working at a produce farm in The Bay Of Plenty as they prepare to move to Auckland. Fellow member of the Dunedin diaspora Anthonie Tonnon chatted to Michael recently about Ha The Unclear's first studio album.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • The Sampler: Country Funk II ( 5′ 40″ )

    Nick Bollinger reviews a collection of funky late 60s - early 70s country music from the likes of Kenny Rogers, Townes Van Zandt, and Dolly Parton.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Myele Manzanza's Tour Diary ( 18′ 40″ )

    When world renowned Detroit DJ and producer Theo Parrish led a live band across an expansive European tour for the first time in a decade, he assembled a collective of musicians and dancers from around the globe. When Myele Manzanza got the summons to come all the way from New Zealand to play drums, he knew it was a chance of a lifetime. Manzanza documents his travels in this tour diary.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Jakob - Sines ( 17′ 19″ )

    Hawkes Bay's Jakob have a lot of peaks and troughs - both in their sound, and their career as a band. Their first new album in eight years, Sines, arrives this week, and it's been a journey fraught with setbacks, but also dotted with high points - Jakob join Kirsten Johnstone to talk it over.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Musical Robots ( 11′ 31″ )

    We head to an exhibition which combines sonic arts and electrical engineering.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Introducing - Arcee ( 5′ 19″ )

    Arcee, with her song The Cool Zone, from the EP of the same name.

    From Introducing on 18 Oct 2014

  • Chelsea Jade Metcalf ( 9′ 53″ )

    Dream pop proponent Chelsea Jade Metcalf has dropped her Watercolours moniker, but the soft-focus edges of her ethereal R&B remain. She talks us through her new EP Beacons.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Liam Finn- This Love Is Crying ( 12′ 17″ )

    Liam Finn on working with Arthur Russell collaborators Peter Zummo and Ernie Brooks on Red Hot + Arthur Russell.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Tim Lawrence on Arthur Russell ( 27′ 49″ )

    Biographer Tim Lawrence reflects on the life of the New York music pioneer Arthur Russell on the release of a new Red Hot compilation of his work.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 18 Oct 2014

  • Introducing: Holly Arrowsmith ( 5′ 11″ )

    Queenstown's Holly Arrowsmith with Spring, from her EP River.

    From Introducing on 11 Oct 2014


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Sam Prebble R.I.P.

Sam Prebble

Sam Prebble was an Auckland-based musician and songwriter, originally from Wellington, who passed away on 23 October 2014. He is Marty Duda's featured artist this week.

Sam recorded his own music under the name Bond Street Bridge. Our earliest radio encounter with Sam was this beautiful live session featuring songs from the album The Map Maker's Art for Music 101 in 2008.

In 2011, music reporter Sam Wicks met up with Sam Prebble down by the Bond St Bridge in Auckland to talk about the second Bond Street Bridge album Spring Summer Awesome Winter.

His most recent work was an ambitious project based around the stories of Antarctic explorers such as Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. He spoke about explorers, adventurers and the 2013 album The Explorer's Club: Antarctica with Music Mix host Nick Atkinson.

Around the same time Sam performed the song 'Water Sky' live for Standing Room Only, and William Dart reviewed Explorers Club on New Horizons for Radio NZ Concert.

Sam Prebble was also a member of a much wider community of musicians including folk like Dylan Storey, Reb Fountain, Ivy Rossiter, Joel Mulholland, Brendan Turner and Nina McSweeney.

Sam contributed to recordings and live performances by a host on New Zealand artists including The Broken Heartbreakers, The Eastern, Great North, The Andy Gibson Band and The Bitter Years.

He is missed.