Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 3)

Adam McGrath

Adam McGrath is well known for his work with the band The Eastern. He will be Live at the Library for New Zealand Music Month 2017. We asked him some questions: What’s your favourite recent NZ release? The Warratahs Runaway Days that came out last year. In a time where folks seem to care less and less […]

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The Rankin File – Ian Rankin at the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is coming to town as part of WORD Christchurch, and I've got myself a ticket to go and see/hear him speak! Now it's confession time ... I've never read an Ian Rankin novel. In my years working in public libraries, Rankin's books have been ever-present and always on the move. Their uniform cover design makes […]

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Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 2)

Adam McGrath

Adam McGrath is well known for his work with the band The Eastern. He will be Live at the Library for New Zealand Music Month 2017. We asked him some questions: Tell us about your first live (and paid) performance? Singing Heartbreak Hotel at the 1980 A&P Show in Christchurch. I was four and I was paid an […]

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Q&A with Adam McGrath (part 1)

Adam McGrath

Kia ora music lovers! The big music news for 2017 is that Christchurch City Libraries will be featuring Adam McGrath for New Zealand Music Month 2017. Adam is best known for his work being the driving force of the band The Eastern, who are widely regarded as the hardest working band in the lands. But […]

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NZ Music Month 2017 – Live in the library

Adam McGrath

Christchurch City Libraries has a brand new initiative for 2017 and it’s all about MUSIC! We are celebrating Christchurch stories. We are celebrating music. And most of all, we are celebrating libraries and the way they can enrich any creative pursuit you are undertaking, at any stage of development. Christchurch City Libraries have a wealth […]

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“Here comes your band…”

Pixies

The iconic and legendary Pixies are well and truly back and we are giving away tickets for their Christchurch show on 9 March. In 2014 they returned from a 23 year hiatus amid much anticipation with their comeback album Indie Cindy, which was met with thunderous applause & critical acclaim (...from myself, at least!) and if they'd stopped there I would've felt […]

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The last of the Bee Gee…??

Music notes

At the age of 70, Barry Gibb has released a new album In the now, his first in 32 years, is at once a memorial to his brothers and a possible departing letter to his fans. In the Now I've read anecdotally that Barry received 'visions' of his deceased brothers (Andy and Robin) which helped […]

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Historical Fiction of the Masses

Historical fiction is beaut and I read LOADS of it! I find that it's an opportunity for talented writers to explore a tiny part of history and expand on it in a way that keeps within the spirit of the times. With the added bonus of hindsight, they might get into some areas that perhaps weren't […]

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Music finds a way … The Piano to open this weekend

Music notes

This coming Sunday there is a special event happening in Christchurch city with The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts opening its doors in Armagh Street. The new facility looks great and it houses some brilliant performance spaces, teaching suites and rehearsal rooms. Here's the calendar of upcoming events. It will be the main […]

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Punker than Punk … Rock’s Backpages

Music notes

An exploration of the new music resource Rock's Backpages, available free to you through Christchurch City Libraries: "Underrated" is a term that is widely and oftentimes overused when talking about music and rightly so, it's a passionate subject! When I think of "underrated", in terms of music at least, I think of The Saints - a […]

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