Showcase for original songsters

JIMMY HICK
Last updated 08:14 11/09/2012
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ANDY JACKSON
Nikki Wadeson hosts DeCanta's Open Mic Originals night.

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You've heard them belting out classic pub tunes at Decanta's open mic night but if that's not for you then don't fret - Open Mic Originals might be what you're after.

Nikki Wadeson, who hosts the bar's popular open mic night, said the candlelit atmosphere of Open Mic Originals night added to the experience of playing and listening to Taranaki's latest talent. Wadeson, who's new to performing herself, said the idea behind the latest musical evening came to her after noticing a lack of original songs, and the abundance of well-worn covers, at the Thursday sessions.

"It's a different vibe.

"A lot of people view open mic night as practise for a gig, which is cool, but it's wicked getting new performers and new songs," she said.

Wadeson said Open Mic Originals, which takes place on the third Wednesday of every month, wasn't intended to compete with the already established New Plymouth Singer Songwriters group but was started to provide another opportunity for original artists.

"All I've ever heard is that artists need more places to play," she said. "Some people can't make it down to Singer Songwriters - this is just another platform for people to showcase their music."

Wadeson, who sings and plays guitar, said unlike open mic night the originals evening was a more laid-back affair, providing stage time for performers of any level. The evening has received support from several local businesses, who are providing sponsorship in the form of prizes, gift vouchers and recording time.

"Cruize FM are going to be picking an artist to record up at their studio this month, and CU Hair have put forward a $50 voucher, which ties in with the originality theme," Wadeson said.

Decanta owner John Power said he was thrilled with the new talent which emerged from events like the open mic night. "I'm absolutely happy to be supporting local music," he said.

"I'm always surprised at both the number of new artists, and their depth and quality."

Wadeson said the long-term goal with the evening was to follow the lead of Singer Songwriters and put together an end-of-year album featuring the artists who had showed off their talent.

The next Open Mic Originals night will be on September 19. Jimmy Hick is a Witt journalism student

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