In The South

John Pringle sings from the heart

John Pringle's Long Time Coming


Rockers raising cash for sick kids

Zutto, from left, Ashley Seales, Emma Wells, S K Ray (back), Deo Bohn (front) and Ricky Andrews.

A veteran Southland musician is using his stage skills to raise money for sick kids.

Glen Country Music Christmas show

Maureen Calvert

The Glen Country Music Club is holding its Christmas concert on Sunday, November 29, at 69 Conon St, starting at 2pm.

Building a home from sea straw

Robert Guyton plans to use bundles of marram grass washed up on the Southland shores to build a home.

Southland eco-gardener Robert Guyton describes a novel use for marram grass.

Michelle Beck to release CD

Southland country singer/songwriter Michelle Beck is releasing her first album, Fight For Her, on Sunday, November 15.

EP Fight For Her

Tomorrow People on tour

Tomorrow People kick off their national tour In Invercargill on November 12. Daniel Sugrue is second from left, Hamo Dell is on the right.

Two former Southland music students are on tour with one of New Zealand's top reggae bands.

Trotter House secrets

Trotter House in Riverton.

To many, the interior of a grand red brick two-storey house on the main street of Riverton is a mystery. 

Eye on the prize

Robert Guyton selling apple trees at an Open Orchard Project.

Why heirloom veges - or even their wild ancestors - are best.

Alexandra wine growers' new release drops snapped up

Angus Bradshaw, of Grasshopper Rock, at the Alexandra Wine Growers New Release Event, at Olivers in Clyde. The event this year formed part of the 10-day Down to Earth Wine Celebration..

Wine lovers sampled and snapped up new release wines from around the Alexandra basin at the weekend.

Our Iwa, the Maori Nightingale

Princess Iwa, Evaline Skerrett, in a portrait painted in 1910. It was done on opal glass and hung in Angela Skerrett Tainui's grandfather's home in Lindisfarne St, Invercargill. The artist is unknown.

In the early years of the 20th century British society was enthralled by the singing Maori princess with the beautiful voice.

Buddhist Rain on tour

Blair Latham

Arts aficionados are in for a treat when the Buddhist Rain roadshow performs three southern concerts.

Otepuni Moonshine CD due

Otepuni Moonshine, from left, Amy Dunick, Mardee Barstud, Luke Moretti, Dr Bones and Col Keane.

Playing in a goodtime originals band in Invercargill is often no picnic, and Otepuni Moonshine intend to rectify that situation.

Awards show calls for noms

2015 Southland Entertainer of the Year Simon Thompson

The hunt is on to find Southland's best entertainer and musicians.

Metal band Hatred to play two shows

Hatred are playing two shows in Invercargill.

Southland metal band Hatred are playing two gigs in Invercargill.

Artist of the week: John Pringle

John Pringle's debut album Long Time Coming

 Invercargill lawyer John Pringle's debut album was 30 years in the making.

Glen country music show

Bev Townley

The Glen Country Music Club will hold a concert at its clubroom in Invercargill on Sunday, October 4.

Bandmates for Hall of Fame

Invercargill musicians Kerry Hawkins, left, and Les Findlater are being inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kerry Hawkins and Les Findlater join Southland rock's Hall of Fame.

Review: Left Or Right, Trippy

Left Or Right's third album, Trippy.


Roger Waters The Wall in Gore video

Roger Waters The Wall will screen at SBS St James Theatre in Gore on Tuesday, September 29.

Left Or Right getting Trippy

Left Or Right, from left, Metua Marama, Steve Marshall and Callum Hampton.

You're not going to find any third album blues in Left Or Right's latest sonic drop.

New South Island league mooted

Caversham and Ferrymead Bays players during a 2010 South Island championship game. Mainland Football chief Julian Bowden wants to look at the viability of a South Island football league.

New Mainland Football chief executive Julian Bowden would like to see an expanded South Island-wide competition, perhaps as early as the end of the 2016 season.

Les Thomas for Hall of Fame

Les Thomas on his pedal steel guitar.

From big stars to country bunkers, musician Les Thomas has backed them all.

Fashion Fantazia returns

Designers are invited to get funky for the 2016 Fashion Fantazia.

Entries for West Otago's 2016 Fashion Fantazia event are open. 

Artist of the week: Claire Benedict

Claire Benedict, singer, musician and composer

Claire Benedict's impressive resume reads like an advanced music text book.

Southland band of the week: Zutto

Zutto's logo

Invercargill rock band Zutto are surfing a zen wave.

CLiK spellbinding in concert

CLiK - The Ensemble 
From left: Edward King, John Chen and Natalie Lin


Hairspray star battles illness

Rachael Scott

In theatre circles they say the show must go on, but rarely has a leading lady given more to the cause than Rachael Scott.

Life as a rural artist

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Enter Stage Left: Tapanui artist Norma Parks

Norma Parks, Tapanui artist

After a long involvement in music, Tapanui artist Norma Parks has transferred her creativity into the visual arts, winning the People's Choice Award at the West Otago Art and Craft Exhibition earlier this year. She talks about her journey into art and creating in a rural setting.

Second Bryan Townley show after first sells out

Bryan Townley heads the cast in the Spring Country Showdown.

High-profile Southland country singer Bryan Townley has added a second, matinee concert next month after his Spring Country Showdown sold out within days.

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