In The South

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.

Peaches and Weet-Bix: Dave Conner's tales of a travelling drummer

Dave Conner

You need a drummer for a jam? Dave Conner is good to go, any where, any time, any place.

Trip to Texas pays off for Craig

Craig Adams with his Male Vocalist of the Year award in Texas.

The great news is - Craig won the 2015 Male Vocalist of The Year.

Band of the Week: The Silence Machine

The Silence Machine artwork

They're called The Silence Machine but they make quite a racket.

Retirement? Maybe not

Isla Grant

It seems Isla Grant doesn't have time to stop touring.

Enter Stage Left: Jay Sellwood

Jay Sellwood.

We should have free concerts at Wachner Place.

Senior queens unite for festival

Former Senior Blossom Festival Queens Pat Lines, of Clyde, and Judy Elliot-Hall, of Alexandra.

Two former senior queens of the Alexandra Blossom Festival are joining a drive to promote the competition.

Youngsters get creative for Polyfest

Before the Polyfest Art Exhibition was opened at the museum, a prizegiving was held at Centre Stage in Invercargill

About 30 art pieces created by Southland youngsters went on display at Southland Museum on Sunday in celebration of Polyfest.

Hairspray hits the right notes

Invercargill woman Rachael Scott as Tracy Turnblad, the lead in Gore Musical Theatre's production of Hairspray.

It's a dazzling show with a big, big heart, awash with colour, corny comedy and catchy, 60-style bubblegum pop and r'n'b tunes.

Enter Stage Left: Invercargill Musical Theatre head of wardrobe Shirley Adam

Shirley Adams.

Shirley Adam, head of wardrobe on Phantom

Nation's fresh style stands out in southern music scene

Nation's previous lineup, from left, drummer Jo Hutchison, keyboardist/guitarist Miharo Gregory and bassist Andrew Cornford.

Nation's eclectic musical stylings have been catching ears and eyes up and down the country for more than a year.

Sculpture to be unveiled

The south city sculpture towards the end of the fabrication phase.

A $100,000 sculpture that was shrouded in secrecy for months will finally be unveiled in south Invercargill on August 21.

Natani invited to perform in Perth

Southland vocal group Natani, from left, Jacinta Kerepeti, Davina Kerepeti and Toni Biddle, have been invited to perform at a prestigious show in Perth.

Southland vocal group Natani have been invited to perform at a major gospel show in Western Australia.

Enter Stage Left: John Horn

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John Horn

Helen Henderson's lost debut album London released 35 years later

Helen Henderson's album London


Review: Jenny Mitchell's debut album The Old Oak

Jenny Mitchell's debit album, The Old Oak.


Arthur's relatives moved by show

We Will Remember Them tells the story of soldiers from Tapanui who fought in World War 1.

The relatives of Tapanui World War One veteran Private Arthur Gordon were treated to a performance of We Will Remember Them - a show based on his wartime diaries, on Sunday.

Blood treatment offers hope

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean undergoing Platelet Rich Plasma treatment at Queenstown Regenerative Medicine for her two labral tears.

It is surprising what lengths you can go to when backed into a corner with no end in sight.

Hasta la Vista to Players, baby

Musician and Hasta La Vista event organiser Jordan Cossill, left, and Players Entertainment Centre manager Vicki-Rae Robinson ahead of the venue's closing weekend gig.

Invercargill entertainment centre Players is closing its doors for the final time this weekend.

Resisters bring back the blues

Resisters guitarist Mark Stallard with drummer Dave "Bang-Bang" O'Connor.

Never heard of the Resisters? You're in good company.

Hall of Fame opens for seven rockers

Dave McMeeking sings Beautiful Day to open the Southland Entertainment Awards.

Seven leading lights of southern music will be inducted into the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

From Watchdog to glam rocker

Watchdog circa 1972. From left, Tony Bennett, Michael Scheele, Bob Ogilvie and Tom Svehla.

Mike Scheele's great rock and roll moment didn't exactly shock the nation, but it got the pearl-encrusted matrons of Fendalton in a righteous tizzy.

Southern stars shine in steamroller tribute show

Neil Chilton slips effortlessly into rock star character as Mick Jagger in the show When Love Comes To Town.

REVIEW: Following up the once-in-a-lifetime experience of One Of These Nights was always going to be a big ask.

Public invited to learn about wine industry

Mt Difficulty regional sales manager Greg Wilkinson holding a tasting in the cellar door.
Photo: supplied

Those seeking a career in the wine industry have a chance to learn more, courtesy of the  Central Otago Winegrowers' Association.

Getting to the core of the issue

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean is surprised to discover an ab getting out of the shower recently.

Mum and reporter JO McKENZIE-McLEAN was taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life, training for the Northburn Station 50km event, but a hip injury has thwarted that path. However, the journey continues. She reports on her progress. 

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