Award Winning Christchurch Children’s Music duo Itty Bitty Beats formed in 2014. Their debut album “Bath Time” was nominated for Best Children’s Album of the Year in 2015. In August 2016 they won the Tui Award for Best Children’s Album and Best Children’s Song at the Children’s Music Awards. In 2016 they released their travelling album ‘On The Move’ and their Christmas EP ‘Itty Bitty Christmas’. Itty Bitty Beats were excited to release their first music video for “Kiwi Convoy” feat. Chris Lam Sam (from the Funky Monkeys) in November 2016.
Itty Bitty Beats makes music for little ones with parents in mind. Parents need to listen to these songs too (on loop at times) so it’s been exciting to hear from grandparents, parents and kids alike that they are enjoying the music. With the combo of their tertiary music training and parenthood, Jenny and Lucy have found a way to write songs that appeal to the ears of all generations.
The pair met at Jazz School in Christchurch back in 2002 (where they also met their music-making husbands). Since having their children, the two friends decided to create music for their kids, which snowballed into this awesome adventure. Jenny’s husband Rob Payne has produced all of their music.
As well as writing and recording music for kids; Itty Bitty Beats have released two songs for Baby Loss Awareness Month. “The Last Lullaby” was released in 2015 and in 2016 the duo released a new song called “Soaring Through Skies”. These songs are both free to download for anyone grieving the loss of a child. Their baby loss songs are being used worldwide, especially in the UK, by baby loss support groups and stillborn photographers. The reason they released this music is sadly Jenny and Rob lost their beautiful son Leo in 2009 at just 3 days old. This music is a legacy to his memory and it is their hope that these songs bring some comfort to families in their time of loss and to help shine a light on the topic of baby & child loss, so it becomes a less taboo subject.
They have performed a number of shows around NZ and appeared on multiple episodes of the ‘Suzy and friends’ show. Highlights include performing at the ‘Screenies’ in Auckland and singing live on Breakfast.
The last few years have been an incredibly exciting time for Itty Bitty Beats and they’re thrilled to be finalists in all three categories for the 2017 Children’s Music Awards. Best Children’s Song & Video for “Kiwi Convoy” and Best Children’s Album for ‘On The Move’. They can’t wait to see what this year will bring and are as busy as ever writing new music, performing shows and dreaming up new ways to express their creativity in this wonderful genre!
A large, exuberant ensemble of musicians from Wellington and around the globe, the Balkanistas have stamped their large gypsy footprint firmly on the local music scene. Their sound reflects the diverse influences and energetic melodies of the Balkans.
Winners of the People's Choice award to play at WOMAD 2014, Balkanistas have delighted and enchanted audiences everywhere with infectious dance rhythms, and an irresistible blend of gypsy sounds.
Formed in 2013, and comprising 20 plus members, the Balkanistas’ impressive lineup features accordions, violins, clarinets, brass, percussion, bass, vocals and bouzouki.
Balkanistas have featured at the Newtown and Aro Festivals, the Weta Digital Christmas extravaganza, have a regular monthly spot at the iconic Meow, as well as other venues throughout the city. An encounter with the Balkanistas guarantees you a good time, as many of our loyal followers will attest!
Darren Watson has played his unique powerhouse style of blues for three decades. Over that time he led Chicago Smoke Shop, one of New Zealand's most successful rhythm & blues show bands, carved out a successful solo career as a performer and blues educator, and shared stages with a long list of music legends - including Jimmie Vaughan, Billy Boy Arnold, Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, Doctor John, George Thorogood, Emmylou Harris, Eric Burdon, Tony Joe White, Keb Mo, & Mavis Staple's guitarist Rick Holmstrom.
Over the course of his career, Steve McDonald has entrenched himself into the hearts of Celtic music fans worldwide. His four albums tell the story of Clan Donald amid the rich history of Scotland, and feature a mixture of Steve's original compositions and some well-loved favorites. The music is dramatic and beautiful, and is some of the most powerful and moving contemporary Celtic music you are likely to hear. His music has something for everyone.
Neil began performing in bands and composing songs in Wellington in the early '70s and has been involved in NZ pop, rock and roots music continually ever since.
Neil sang and played in jug bands initially, one of which, the Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, became successful in the mid 1970s with NZ top 40 hits, Everyone Knows and Miss September.
Nicole Andrews is an indie singer and pianist from Portland Oregon, now based in Wellington.
Her debut album, In the Shallows , was released earlier in 2015, which was recorded at the
award winning Surgery Studios, mastered at the iconic Munki Studios and received the support
of Creative New Zealand. The album features guest appearances by Kiwi artists such as David
Long (The Mutton Birds), Andrew Bain (Fur Patrol), Thomas Voyce (Rhombus), Daniel Ryland
(OdESSA and Sorceress) and more. In the Shallows is a collection of introspective songs with
echoes of Tori Amos, PJ Harvey and Massive Attack. Album available on iTunes, Amplifier and