Preston to make ivories dance

Last updated 14:21 12/11/2012
Jan Preston
Tinkling the ivories: Sydney-based New Zealand musician Jan Preston returns to New Zealand this month for a short tour.

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Boogie piano player and singer Jan Preston returns to New Zealand in November for a short concert series including Paekakariki.

Preston's return follows a pair of performances in Paekakariki's Memorial Hall earlier this year with both concerts booked out.

She was born in Greymouth, grew up in Napier, and has lived in Sydney since 1980, after years working with Red Mole Theatre Troupe and Coup D'Etat music group.

Winner of seven music awards, Preston plays festivals and concerts throughout NZ, Australia, the UK, Europe and China, tours her own shows and writes music for films and television, such as the music to her sister Gaylene Preston's film, Home By Christmas.

Her November concerts will combine upbeat boogie and ragtime piano music, original songs, iconic piano instrumental hits popularised by Winifred Atwell and Jools Holland, and her trademark anecdotes.

"Although audiences are brilliant everywhere we play, I always look forward to shows in New Zealand. There's a special connection performing within my own culture, it's very different to playing in China or Germany for instance; and it'll be great to play some of my new material to people," Preston said.

Paekakariki St Peter's Hall, November 24 at 4pm. Bookings at Coastlands, Darcy's Store, and ticketdirect.co.nz

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- Kapiti Observer

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