Sixth time lucky for Wgtn musician

SARAH BURTON
Last updated 10:57 01/02/2013

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The sun has come out at last for Brooklyn musician Andrew Moore, who on Monday finally had his chance to perform in the ASB Gardens Magic series.

The popular event, held in the Soundshell at Botanic Gardens, is often affected by Wellington's unpredictable summer weather, and the unfortunate Moore has been rained out repeatedly.

Monday was his last chance - it was the final night of this summer's series.

Moore plays guitar in several Wellington bands.

One of them, The Thomas Oliver Band, was scheduled to play three times but never made it.

In 2008 and 2009 the gigs were cancelled because of bad weather. In 2011, Thomas Oliver broke his ankle just before the show, which was then cancelled.

Moore said he had begun to feel as if it was a cruel joke.

"Everyone was telling me I was cursed."

This year he was booked to play with Miles Calder & The Rumours. "We were rained off, rescheduled, and rained off again. We were lucky enough to get a third date to play this year, and much to my amazement, everything went as smoothly as possible!"

Miles Calder & The Rumours is a five-piece band formed 18 months ago.

"I'd describe the band's sound as alt country and folk with a little bit of old rock for good measure," Moore said.

The Gardens Magic series gives local artists who are trying to become more established the opportunity to play to large crowds in a unique outdoor setting. About 1800 punters turned out for Monday's gig.

"The great thing is that so many people will come along for a picnic and a relaxing night in the gardens regardless of what's on, so the level of exposure is massive."

This is the first year that rain days have been introduced and MC James Coyle said that had meant most acts were able to play.

"Because he had been rained off twice this year, Miles had the sympathy card there," Coyle said. "The other band that could've played had played at events around the city recently."

Coyle introduced the acts every night as well as playing with his band, The Nudge.

He said he enjoyed seeing his contemporaries and friends exceed people's expectations.

Moore said his favourite part of the show was when he and the three other Rumours went backstage so Miles Calder could play a solo song.

"It was just starting to get dark and I could hear the sound of his voice and guitar echoing through the park.

"I was thinking how beautiful it must have been for people wandering through the park looking at the lights and hearing this tranquil acoustic song floating through the trees.

"We were all very excited to finally get to play and being able to walk out on the stage and see a sea of people in front of us, with the gorgeous Botanic Gardens landscape behind them, made for a pretty magical experience."

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Miles Calder & The Rumours are planning to record their first album this year and are looking forward to playing the Newtown Festival on March 3, weather permitting of course.

- The Wellingtonian

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