A Yoots-load of talent hits Paekakariki

Last updated 11:59 26/11/2012

Fusion group: Some of The Yoots, Joe Lindsay, right, Toby Laing, Craig Poll, Lucien Johnson and Will Ricketts.

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Wellington band The Yoots return to Paekakariki next week, where they performed to a sell-out crowd last year.

The Yoots, who also played at Kapiti's Waitangi Day commemoration at Campbell Park, have taken off since their formation three years ago, performing at WOMAD, Splore, and winning Amplifier Album of the Year in 2011.

The band features members of The Black Seeds, The Eggs, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, Phoenix Foundation, Shogun Orchestra, The Troubles and Fat Freddy's Drop keyboardist Iain Gordon, of Paekakariki.

Gordon said Fat Freddy's Drop spent 10 days in Australia this month, headlining the Graphic festival of storytelling, comics and music in Sydney.

Performing in the Sydney Opera House was an honour, he said.

"It's such a prestigious venue, you know historically it is one of the most celebrated, sort of well known venues in the world. You can feel it's just such a legacy of art has been on stage in that room."

The Yoots are working on a new album of wartime waiata, following the release of Sing Along with the Yoots released last year. They have also been invited back to WOMAD in March, where they will perform with the Aotearoa National Maori Choir, who have reformed especially for the event.

Their concert next week will include waiata such as Tutira Mai Nga Iwi and E Papa Waiari, with ska classics Exodus, Trotting In and President Kennedy, Gordon said.

December 7, 7pm, St Peters Hall, Paekakariki. Tickets $25 from Shop!Shop! or Helen Keivom on 027 258 4251.

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