Finn brothers to perform in Hamilton
It's been a long time between musical drinks for Waikato fans of the Finns but the region will this month experience the first appearance of Neil and Tim Finn on stage together in the region for four years.
The duo will perform the one-off concert, their only one in New Zealand for 2012, on December 13, to raise money for the True Colours Charitable Trust.
The brothers are patrons of the Hamilton-based trust, which supports children and young people living with chronic, serious or life-threatening illness, and their families.
"With Hamilton being virtually the home turf for us it's nice to have something that is directly helping people in the community," Neil told the Waikato Times.
The brothers proudly support True Colours because its founder and CEO is nurse specialist Cynthia Ward, who nursed the brothers' late mother Mary through illness in 2000.
"She [Cynthia] was one of those truly gifted and vocational people who you are very lucky to have around in times of struggle, as we found out directly, and Mum loved her," Neil said. "True Colours was a brave enterprise but Tim and I were quite willing to back her.
"We trusted her instincts and her gift with the business of helping people with grieving.
"They [True Colours] have got an amazing facility in Hamilton and they have built it up and they haven't had a lot of assistance from the government so I think they are reliant on the community for a lot of their support."
The brothers give a concert to raise much-needed funds and awareness for True Colours every three years.
"We have done a couple of shows like that in the past and we have been lucky enough to meet some of the families and to see first-hand what an amazing assistance to them True Colours is, so it [the concert] feels good," Tim said.
Neil said: "We have got a pretty good catalogue between us we can draw on, both things we played in Split Enz and we've made two Finn Brothers albums . . . and Tim contributed quite significantly to the Woodface record for Crowded House.
"It's a great thing to be able to play those songs together and, because it doesn't happen very often, it's quite special.
"We don't get to play in the Waikato that often so it's a very nice thing for that as well."
Tim said he was equally excited about the chance to play with his brother on stage and before a home crowd.
"We hardly ever sing together any more, and the last time we did was for the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony," he said.
"Music is very important to everybody - it's a way people can heal, and to open up their hearts.
"Being able to perform, knowing that it's important to people, makes this concert a win-win."
The Finn brothers concert is on Thursday, December 13 at St Paul's Collegiate, Hukanui Rd, Hamilton. See truecolours.org.nz for details.