Homage to Ronstadt draw Ayers back home

Angela Ayers is returning home to Palmerston North to add some sparkle to the Globe Festival next month, performing a tribute to an artist she has long admired, Linda Ronstadt.

In her show Simple Dreams Ayers will be covering Ronstadt's biggest hits including, Different Drum, Blue Bayou, It Doesn't Matter Anymore and Desperado.

Ayers is bringing her four-piece band The Stoned Brumbies with her to The Globe and one of Ronstadt's songs, the Grammy-winning duet Somewhere out there will feature Kiwi-born drummer and singer Kimi Tupae.

Ayers said it was an honour to be able to bring these songs to the table with a performance that would be enriched with stories and insights into Ronstadt's life.

"Linda has played a large part in my journey as a performer," Ayers said.

Ayers is a highly-regarded performer in her own right. In New Zealand, she played lead roles in 42nd Street, Rush, Jerry's Girls, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mum's The Word. She has sung extensively in Australia, including the lead role in the original Australian production of A Chorus Line and Guys & Dolls. Ayers has made numerous television appearances and most recently toured Australia and New Zealand in Menopause The Musical.

Ronstadt retired from singing in 2011 after a career that saw her winning 11 Grammy awards. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2012. Her autobiography, Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir, was released last year and made the Top 10 on The New York Times best sellers list.

Simple Dreams will be at The Globe Theatre on July 5 at 8pm.

Manawatu Standard