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The Guitar Legends 2021 house band.

Guitar Legends goes off

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Guitar Legends is over for another year, and this one was a beauty.

The show ran over two nights, May 12 and 13, 2021, with a full house on the Thursday night and a great atmosphere in the Rhythm Lounge.

This was the 14th year the club has staged this exhibition of local guitar talent since and musos club president Trevor Daley reckoned it was one of the best yet. It would have been the 15th consecutive show if Covid-19 hadn’t got in the way and forced its cancellation in 2020.

Initially Trev had envisioned that the show would be a one-off when he produced the first one back in 2007, but the concept has proved enduringly successful, unearthing new talent each year. This year audiences saw a bunch of talented newbies who haven’t performed in Guitar Legends before, plus a host of well-known regulars. The newbies included Jimmy Anders and Tom Kilkelly, from Dark House, George Charleson, Sam Herring and Tyler Reynolds, as well as Tanzin Rika, who played in the backing band. All of them brought plenty to the party. As well, we had notable regulars including Ross Ogilvy, Simon Thompson, Vance Manu, Peter Colvin, Warena “Waz” Brown and John Amos, plus guest vocalists including Steve Russell, Jo Ward and Cathy McRae.

Trev thinks the concept for the show works so well because of the high standard of musicianship on display and the wide variety of musical genres represented. This years there were performances of pop, jazz, blues, hard rock, thrash metal and progressive metal, with almost everything in between. Southland guitarists performed their tributes to artists ranging from Sting to Dire Straits to John Mayer to Thin Lizzy to T Rex to Iron Maiden to Pantera to Dream Theatre, with some unexpected surprises.

Rehearsal for this year’s show. Jo Ward, Marcus Crowe, Roger Chilton, Brad Smart and Tanzin Rika.

“It’s good to see a lot of guitarists doing something they wouldn’t normally do with their bands,’’ Trev says.

The house band made up of Roger Chilton (drums), Chris Chilton (bass), Marcus Crowe (keyboards) and Tanzin Rika (guitar) backed most of the guitarists, but there were guest appearances by several other bands, as well as a roster of lead vocalists. Long-time MC Carl Mills again fronted the show.

It was a big show, with around 25 songs, and the standard of guitarists on show was relentlessly high. Nobody seemed to mind that the show kicked on until around 11pm, because there was so much going on on stage.

“I think only the Southland Musicians Club could pull this off,’’ Trev reckons. “There could be another show in New Zealand like it, but I doubt it. It’s a pretty unique show, and I always appreciate that all the guitarists are keen to do it.”

Bring on next year’s show!

Chris Chilton Southland Musicians Club Invercargill Southland

What’s up

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Gidday mate. It’s going off big time at the musos club, with a swag of cool stuff happening.

Next week we’ve got Guitar Legends. Check out the story in today’s Express for more details.

In breaking news we’ve locked in a date for the ILT Southland Entertainment Awards. Because of Covid we’re giving it a break this year and it will be coming back with a reboot in 2022. Save the date, people: April 8, 2022. It’s going to have a new look, a new format and a new venue – the Ascot Park Hotel. Very, very exciting.

More exciting news. The Southland Musicians Club website is near completion. We’re aiming for a launch next month. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, check out our Facebook page for the current offering of gigs.

May 8: FOTA. Radical, musical, melodic, and energetic alt rock with a hard, punky edge. They’re unique, confrontational, and uber entertaining. With Russian Blue and Person Will.Omaj. Just a tenner on the door, and $5 for students.

May 9: Dan Sharp. A touring singer/songwriter based out of Katikati. Check out the event on our Facebook page to secure tickets for this intimate gig.

May 20: David and Shimna. An award-winning folk duo, with a beautiful sound and fans all over the planet. Check them out. Tickets on www.eventbrite.co.nz

May 23: Cathcart/Walsh/Blaikie. A tight, funky, country-blues band from Christchurch, who worship the groove. Doors open 5pm. Just $15 on the door.

June 11: Get FOLKed! An evening of traditional, contemporary and original folk music performed by local artists.  This is an open mic event, so if you’re keen to get up and have a craic (see what I did there?) you can direct message the gals at Get FOLKed! Find them on Facebook. Bar open but bring your own nibbles. Doors open at 6.30pm. Entry is by koha/gold coin.

The Rhythm Lounge venue at the Southland Musicians Club is also available for private hire when it’s not being used to entertain the masses. Contact el presidente, Trevor Daley, on 027 733 6959 for details.

And remember, whānau, to follow the Southland Musicians Club on Facebook to stay up to date.

Talk again real soon.