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Montage Time

Our return to New Zealand has been true royal welcome with a busy schedule of gigs up and down the North Island.

After some time away playing music oversea's, our shows at home have been the best reminder of what a fantastic country we live in. From the Okere Falls beer festival in Rotorua, to gorgeous weddings in Auckland, to the Parnell Rose festival and on up to some brilliant events in the Rodney district. Everywhere we travel to we encounter amazing sights, beautiful landscapes and meet warm and friendly people. What better way to share the journey with you all than a photo montage of just a few of the great moments (in the form of spectacular selfies of course!!) we've shared over this past month. 

 

We love you Aoteoroa!!!

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Home again

We have returned back to our wonderful homeland Aoteoroa after an amazing time traveling and playing some music. 

We celebrated our singer's birthday at Oktoberfest in Munich, walked the amazing coastal villages of Cinque Terre in Italy then sang the night away in a little restaurant packed with locals and travellers dancing and singing along. From there, we all went our individual ways and enjoyed a little time away from performing spent with our partners travelling to some incredible and beautiful locations around Europe. Finally, we all met up in the UK to play some shows in aid of youth music UK. 

Youth music UK is a charity that works with children, teens and families across the UK providing music lessons, instruments and mentorship programs for those that might otherwise never have the opportunity. Through their work with music they generate some massive, positive changes for families in need. We played for them two years ago in the UK and we were honoured to be playing there again in support of such a great and relevant cause. 

Our shows in the UK were a blast! We loved the changing venues, the smiling faces and all the dancing, cheering and support we received along the way. We are proud to say we raised over one thousand pounds from the proceeds and we know they will be going to great use amongst local communities. 

We would like to thank Jacob Boston, Melainee Wooden, Kristie Grant, Charlie Billington, Georgina Bondfield, Ros and Charles Buckler all for their hospitality and help with the shows. We love you all! A very big and special thank you also to Cliff Bradley who played bass for us whilst in the UK. What an amazing musician and great guy....thank you!!

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Selfies and soap

As the winter months have been taking hold and the temperature dropping there really hasn't been much of a drop in gigs for us. 

It has been a month of big change. We have farewelled our long term double bassist and dear friend Dwayne with sadness and much nostalgia. Dwayne has been a solid foundation in the sound of White Chapel Jak and a solid foundation for hugs when needed! 

At the same time we have been welcoming our new double bassist Michael White. Michael was thrown straight into the deep end with his first two gigs within 3 days of meeting us for the first time. Michael has been amazing....man can he play a double bass!! It is with much excitement now that we look forward to the next stage of our musical journey with a new member that has bought a whole new energy to what we do.

Below are a few moments from the past month. There has been a lot of Whanau time with birthdays for some of our family members both young and not so young! 

And then there is the soap that arrived mysteriously in the post one day...well...we'll just let the picture say all it needs to on that one.....

 

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Sounds of summer

Reflecting on our summer of music.

This summer has been our busiest yet. There has been numerous gigs every week across a number of different locations and venues around the country. Every where we have been we have been met by lovely, smiley people that really make this journey with music worthwhile for us. We thank each and every person that has enjoyed some music with us through the summer. As the dream of being full time musician's has become a reality for us more and more we appreciate the support of our audiences. When we are a little drained or perhaps the fingertips are a little sore as we hit the 5th gig for the weekend it is the energy from you, the listener that re invigorates us and sets alight the music once again. The delivery of a cold drink, a warm smile, a couple in love slow dancing in an intimate venue or a large crowd moving together....these are the moments that keep us coming back to gigs time after time. So we thank you for your support, your laughter and fun. You created all our wonderful moments this summer.

Take a moment to scroll through the photo's below to share in just a snippet of where our music has taken us during our busiest months. Sometimes it is a stop for a rest when driving somewhere that reveals another stunning view. Sometimes a warm and inviting venue that we are playing in. Or it could be a back stage moment when everyone is feeling a little tired and silly. Each is a memory for us that we thank you for. 

 

We sincerely hope to see you all again soon......

 

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A big surprise

 

 

A surprise wedding!!


Everyone was here at this function under the premise that they were celebrating a birthday together. What an incredible sight when the groom announced to their unsuspecting guests that a wedding was the real reason they were all together. Amazing watching how a room full of people come together in a moment like this. Just brilliant! So much excitement and love in the room after that announcement. 

 

A beautiful, relaxed ceremony with a lovely couple and their surprised friends and family! 

 

We feel lucky to be able to share these special moments in peoples' lives. 

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Sawmill Anniversary

The Leigh Sawmill is an iconic music venue that has become a very important part of New Zealand music history. Of course when we were asked to play there as part of their 20 year anniversary we were over the moon!

It was a true honour to be a part of the celebrations for such an amazing venue that is steeped in a rich history of music. We were flattered to be asked to play and share the weekend with incredible artists Tike Taane, DJ Dylan C and Ladi 6. 

Thank you to all the Sawmill staff who always greet us with huge smiles, great beer and delicious food. We recommend that you get along to this place if you haven't been before. 

Happy Birthday Sawmill!! We will see you again soon.....

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Season of love

This summer has certainly been the season of love for us.

We have been privileged and honoured to share in the celebration of many beautiful weddings across a deliciously hot and sunny 'Kiwi summer.' Now that we are moving towards the cooler months of the year we figured it was a good time to share a few photo's of just a few of the gorgeous places we have travelled to and the wonderful celebrations we have been a part of. 

Take a moment to look through the photos here. We feel they are a celebration of not only the amazing weddings we see and people we meet but also a celebration of life, love and our stunning homeland Aoteroa. We treasure this place we are lucky to call home and the wonderful people that we all share it with. 

Love Aoteoroa. 

 

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Bonjour!!

Well these wonderful people from New Caledonia certainly know how to throw a party!!

A stunning house on Waiheke Island with a private beach looking over a beautiful sheltered bay, fresh homemade French preserves, pickles, meats, cheeses and breads, colds drinks, boutique ice-creams and a deck for us to play on with this view.....wow!!

The welcome here for us was amazing. The dancing and singing started from the very first song and didn't stop all night. The passion for live music here was incredible and really made us feel special. 

Thank you so much to our wonderful hosts. We loved meeting you all and sharing the birthday celebrations and we sincerely hopeto see you again one day!

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On the road

Well it's been a busy couple of days but also a load of fun for us playing across the North Island during this past week.

From Rotorua Thursday and Friday, to Snells beach Saturday, Mangawhai on Sunday then Matakana on Monday it's a true reminder of what a special country Aoteoroa is and we consider it a treat to be able to travel here doing what we love. 

Thanks to all the wonderful venues and hosts that looked after us along the way : Ponsonby Road, The Salty Dog Inn, The Mangawhai Tavern and Plume Restaurant. Biggest thank you goes out to all the lovely, fun audiences that came out to see us play. You guys make it great fun for us. 

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How we roll

Perhaps everyone was a bit tired. We had just played 2 nights in Rotorua, a night in Snells Beach and then this was our Sunday afternoon about to play in Mangawhai when this photo came about. Or perhaps this is just how we roll.....sorting out some of the takings from the weekend over a game of pool....#thuglife

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Capturing Colour Aoteoroa

This book that was sent to us is absolutely stunning! What a superb thank you that was mailed to us as a thank you for our music on a Sunday afternoon at The Riverhead Tavern. We have very much enjoyed taking in the wonderful images of this gorgeous country we are lucky to live in. 

Thank you Helen Loveday for such a wonderful, creative gift. 

Please go out and hunt down a copy of this beautiful book. We are sure you won't regret it. 

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Exponents and Happy Socks

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Well we were refreshed and ready to start back into shows after nine days away having some down time with our friends and whanua. 

And no better way to start back than this....a beautiful day in the Coromandel, a stunning winery location, great people and an opening slot for iconic Kiwi band The Exponents. 

Concert in the Vines at Cooks Beach is a a brilliant event. All proceeds go towards supporting the Westpac helicopter trust and along with such a great setting there is a superb line up of entertainment for the day. Such an honour to be supporting such a great cause again and we feel humbled to be opening for such a classic Kiwi band.

Hope to see you there next year!?

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Busy months and wide smile

Wow it really has been a busy couple of months for us!! There has been numerous weddings, Christmas functions, private functions, festivals, markets and bars. 

As we draw near to the end of this year we find ourselves wearing big smiles. Exhausted but overjoyed to be doing what we are passionate about for a living. 

We would like to thank all whom have supported us throughout the year. Thank you for the fun, laughter and joy that you bring to us at every show. 

See you int eh new year for more good times and smiles!!

Some local children having a dance contest to some of our tunes at the Sirens and Sounds festival in Avondale. Fantastic community event!

Some local children having a dance contest to some of our tunes at the Sirens and Sounds festival in Avondale. Fantastic community event!

Lunchtime tunes at Auckland Airport. There will be a few more of these for us through the summer months. 

Lunchtime tunes at Auckland Airport. There will be a few more of these for us through the summer months. 

Wedding fun at Lake Karapiro. This was a beautiful wedding with some real fun to be had with friendly folks on the dance floor. 

Wedding fun at Lake Karapiro. This was a beautiful wedding with some real fun to be had with friendly folks on the dance floor. 

Absolutely beautiful wedding lay out at The Stables Restaurant, Matakana. 

Absolutely beautiful wedding lay out at The Stables Restaurant, Matakana. 

Not a bad way to start this Christmas function. This was the first of many to come over the month of December. Thanks to the Parnell Raquets Club for kicking off the Christmas season with us in style. 

Not a bad way to start this Christmas function. This was the first of many to come over the month of December. Thanks to the Parnell Raquets Club for kicking off the Christmas season with us in style. 

Another stunning wedding location. It really is a privilege to see all these amazing locations and share in people's special days...it makes us smile like this!

Another stunning wedding location. It really is a privilege to see all these amazing locations and share in people's special days...it makes us smile like this!

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Kids are the greatest!!

Children are fantastic!! We love how they are totally free to express themselves and without fail it's always children that we see up dancing before anyone at gigs. 

Check out this artwork from one of our top young fans. What a great piece of work...we love it! 

Thanks Mitchel for the time you took to make this for us. 

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Tunes in the Tron

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Gourmet in the Gardens is a regular event in Hamilton that we would sincerely encourage anyone to check out. 

Set in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens overlooking the lake this event is free entry, family friendly with a bouncy castle area for the kids and also some of the finest gourmet food trucks selling some amazing dishes. On top of all of that there is also live music each week. 

Get along and check it out! Every Sunday through summer from 4-8pm. 

We had a blast playing here. So great to see so many out enjoying the weather and the delicious food and good ol' boogie along to our tunes. Thank you to the food vendors for looking after us with beautiful bites to eat during our break. 

See you again soon. 

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Rotorua does it again...

Ponsonby road in Rotorua has definitely become one of our favourite places to play. The vibe here is warm, fun and inviting and the welcome we receive from the locals really is amazing. So cool to see people whom had remembered us from months ago making the effort to come back and see us again....and what a great party over two nights of playing with plenty of dancing, singing and fun. 

Special thank you to lovely local Paula who not only came in for both nights but even prepared the wonderful welcome you see below of home made sliders and a cold beer for when arrived for our second night of playing. What a special treat! Thank you!!

 

And thank you again to Popnsonby Road Bar in Rotorua...we will definitely see you again. 

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No make up nessecary

Halloween time again. Here we are all set to go for a night of fun at Crab Farm Winery in Hawkes Bay. 

If you are ever near the area on a Saturday night we highly recommend calling in at Crab Farm to catch one of their legendary Saturday night live sessions. Great setting, delicious wine and local beers and some amazing people that really appreciate the craft of live music. 

Thanks to local band Jharmony for their warm welcome and amazing sounds and a big thank you to Crab Farm Winery for looking after us again.....we absolutely love playing here!

See you next time. 

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Best stage ever!!

Check out this amazing little beach house that was built for us as our stage at this private function in Hawkes Bay.

How cool is this....our very own shack built entirely from local driftwood off the beach!? Our hosts even took the time to build our logo into it.......amazing effort !!

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A celebration of anxiety and depression.

We were truly honoured to be the opening act for the first ever Wana Festival in Auckland.   Constructed with the beautiful vision and message or raising awareness and acceptance of mental illness in our country WANA festival was a huge success. Most of us have had first hand experience of mental illness through ourselves or people we love and it really is time that our society talks openly about anxiety and depression and takes positive steps towards acceptance and support.  Fancis Heke has done an inspiring job setting up this Festival and the love invested in it shined through in all the performances and events of the day. We highly recommend getting along to this event next year. 

We were truly honoured to be the opening act for the first ever Wana Festival in Auckland. 

Constructed with the beautiful vision and message or raising awareness and acceptance of mental illness in our country WANA festival was a huge success. Most of us have had first hand experience of mental illness through ourselves or people we love and it really is time that our society talks openly about anxiety and depression and takes positive steps towards acceptance and support.

Fancis Heke has done an inspiring job setting up this Festival and the love invested in it shined through in all the performances and events of the day. We highly recommend getting along to this event next year. 

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Rotorua .... Oh how we love you!!

We just had to share some of these moments from our weekend away in Rotorua. 

What a weekend!! ..... and what a reception from the patrons of Rotorua's award winning bar Ponsonby Road. The atmosphere here is warm and inviting and hosts Tamati, Tim and all their staff really go out of their way to create a unique space that is friendly and loads of fun. 

We really have to thank you all for hosting us and particularly all the locals and visitors that made the night so much fun for us....loads of dancing, singing and laughs and even a surprise trip around Rotorua for our lamp 'Trevor'. 

We seriously recommend heading to Eat Street anytime your in Rotorua and call in at Ponsonby Road for a quality cocktail and check out some of the fantastic live music they have on...you won't regret it. 

 

Thanks again everyone....we look forward to seeing you all again November 6th and 7th. 

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