Finns delight crowded house
Brothers Tim and Neil Finn delighted a charitable audience at St Paul's Collegiate chapel on Thursday night with their only concert together for 2012.
Not only was it a silver service to the 800-odd eardrums inside the Hamilton venue but every dollar people paid to enjoy the experience is now working to support True Colours.
The brothers are patrons of the Hamilton-based charitable trust, which supports children and young people living with chronic, serious or life-threatening illness and their families.
Its founder and CEO is nurse specialist Cynthia Ward, who nursed the brothers' late mother, Mary, through illness in 2000.
Before their official set, the brothers played a special concert for families supported by the trust at which Neil sang a Finn version of the kids' classic The Wheels on the Bus.
Neil later told the audience it was a "magical and inspiring" concert and the children he sang to were some of the bravest people he had met.
It's been a while - four years - since Waikato fans drank up the Finns' iconic tunes. They sang acousitic versions of some of the most popular pop songs of the past 30 years, including the Split Enz classics I Got You and History Never Repeats through to Fall At Your Feet, Four Seasons In One Day and Weather With You off the classic Woodface album.
Hamilton is virtually home turf for the brothers from Te Awamutu and they had family in the audience, including their very proud father, Dick Finn.
Mr Finn senior, 90, is credited with being a strong musical influence on his sons, and they told the audience their father would mark their songs out of 10 when Split Enz and Crowded House were working on studio albums.
"Sometime he would only give a song a seven, which would worry us,'' Neil said.
The brothers spent much of the concert recounting to the delighted local crowd tales of growing up in the Waikato, including trips to Hamilton on Friday nights to watch local bands and summer afternoons at Seddon Park watching the cricket.
"It is always an honour to play in the mighty Waikato, it's a very special thing for us," Tim said.
The brothers give a concert to raise much-needed funds and awareness for True Colours every three years.