The best little gig of Taupo's Winter Season is back by popular demand at Whakaipo Lodge. Featuring Too Many Chiefs with some of NZ's very best original singer/songwriters/musicians. You'll be seated under the marquee, so nice & cosy, with a warming mug of soup & a bread roll included in the ticket price. Bring along a rug & or a cushion.
Tickets are seriously limited so don't be slow or you'll miss out!
Too Many Chiefs are four of New Zealand’s busiest singer/songwriters. Laura Collins, Rob Joass, Andrew London and Wayne Mason all tour their own respective bands, sometimes internationally, and once or twice a year come together in Too Many Chiefs to share songs and stories from the road. Their individual influences and performing styles range from blues and jazz to country and folk, often with an element of social commentary, personal reflection and occasional satire.
Laura Collins tours mostly with her Back Porch Blues Band who, while rooted solidly in the blues genre, push the stylistic envelope out into swing, country and soul. The band comprises a ‘who’s who’ of Wellington musical legends including John O’Connor (guitar), Wayne Mason (keys), George Barris (bass) and Pete Cogswell (drums). Laura has four albums to her name, the latest ‘Live at VK’s’ capturing her band in typically energetic form. She is the only Kiwi singer, as far as we know, to have been invited to sing at the Vatican.
A founder member of Hot Club Sandwich and The Cattlestops, and now playing and recording mostly under his own name, Andrew London’s reputation stands mostly on his satirical and comedic songs which lampoon many of New Zealand society’s obsessions, foibles and taboos. Songs like Middle-Aged Man in Lycra, Country’s Buggered and I Hugged My Mate have elicited chuckles from audiences all over New Zealand, Australia and Norfolk Island, and have contributed to a Correspondence School English Syllabus, several feature films, and 20 recorded albums. His trio is the only Kiwi act, as far as we are aware, who have performed in Saudi Arabia where such activity is officially illegal.
Rob Joass is well known throughout New Zealand through his work with Hobnail, The Shot Band, and The Hard Core Troubadours. He writes compulsively, tours incessantly, teaches guitar and produces albums for other artists. His songs have been covered by artists both in NZ and abroad, and he is a three-time finalist at the NZ Music Awards. 2019 will be Hobnail's 25th anniversary, and with a national tour and "Best Of" album planned, hot on the heels of his third solo album ‘Pencarrow’, and Too Many Chiefs commitments, the hard work continues.
Patriarch of the group Wayne Mason has been instrumental (ha) in the formation and success of some of the most revered names in Kiwi music history. Rocking Horse, the Fourmyula and the Warratahs all owe their inception to Mason, who shows no signs of slowing the pace, or lowering the standard he set back in 1969 when he penned the song ‘Nature’, named by APRA in 2004 as ‘Best Kiwi Song of the Century’. That same year the Formula were recording at Abbey Road studios in London, at which time he became, as far as we know, the only Kiwi musician to have had morning tea with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Wayne is currently working on a ‘best of’ which will pull together his favourite tunes from the last 50 years. He is a member of the NZ Order of Merit.
The quartet’s collective repertoire represents a broad spectrum of songwriting styles, and the songs are delivered with skill, enthusiasm and respect, despite a healthy dose of spontaneous mickey-taking banter and self-deprecating humour.
‘Mates on the road rolling out top quality songwriting and musicianship with lashings of irony and humour’ - East Auckland Times May 2014.