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Golden Curtain

Golden Curtain

After grafting away in the North Island main centres for many moons Andrew McKenzie moved home to Hawkes Bay where he thought his band days were over. He lives in Napier now and with a staunch venue that supports original music and a keen local community of devoted musicians he found himself with a new group before he’d completely unpacked. McKenzie named the act after an Ian Morris term that describes a chorus of a song that has that little bit extra. A Golden Curtain. The trio’s first record is called English Tuning is out this week and we talk to lead singer Andrew McKenzie.

Flip Grater live session

She’s perfected the art of living on other peoples couches, even managing to record a new album in Paris with nothing but fumes in her purse. “Paris is like the man I can’t get. The more the city rejects me, the more I want to stay and make it work” says Grater, her guitar balanced on her knee in Radio New Zealand’s Wellington studios. Flip plays a hit or two and unveils a couple of new compositions.