Folk rock to 'melt the heart'

Last updated 14:01 31/01/2013
Mohua Sun

RHYTHMIC SOUNDS: Charlotte Squire and Golden Bay-based folk rock band Mohua Sun are playing at Toad Hall this Saturday.

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Mohua Sun, the folk rock band who sing about everything from gratitude and love letters to zucchinis and goats' milk, are playing at Toad Hall in Motueka this Saturday.

Charlotte Squire, lead singer, guitar player and songwriter, says Mohua Sun's songs will both "melt the heart" and "inspire people to get up and dance".

Squire says they will play three 40-minute sets ranging from slow and poignant songs to the "rhythmic and dancy" folk rock songs.

"I write from the heart, about anything and everything that moves me. I've been songwriting for nine years, beginning with a song called Celebrate Your Song that I wrote when I finally stepped out of the closet and sang in front of other people," she said.

Since then Squire and Mohua Sun have toured parts of the South Island and played at venues around the top of the south. This year they intend to raise their profile within New Zealand.

Squire has released one album nationwide called Turangawaewae - Place to Stand. She is now working on her second album.

Mohua Sun are now a three-piece band made up of Richard Gall on drum kit, Martine Barnvinger on percussion and back-up vocals and Squire on guitar and vocals. Anna Lakeman, who was on bass, has moved away.

"We aim to connect with our audiences, we're pretty real when we're on stage . . . maybe too real! We love making our audiences laugh and talk to us.

"It all depends on the people, but some of them sink into our slower songs with a sigh, and others love our rockier songs."

  • Mohua Sun play at Toad Hall, Motueka this Saturday night, February 2, from 7-10pm. Entry is free.

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