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Part of the audience relaxing at the Motueka Music Fiesta. Photo by Oliver Weber.

Successful fundraiser for local music network

January 24th, 2015
[by David Armstrong]

Motueka musicians provided a great evening of laid-back entertainment on Thursday while raising $565 to further develop the Motueka Music Network website.

The six-hour Motueka Music Fiesta drew a large, shifting crowd of families, visitors and music lovers to Riverside Cafe. The balmy weather, cafe refreshments and plentiful activities for children making it a relaxing event.

While the children got involved in the garden area in front of the cafe, the entertainment at the back kicked off with the incomparable Gabor Irmalos giving an amazing drumming superclass to his backing tracks, while Patsy Cooper played the lyre for a section of the crowd in a side field.

Two members of Tom's Field, Helen and Tamsin, played and sang a selection of traditional tunes on fiddle and tin whistle. The up-and-coming guitarist Izaac Behringer sang a set of modern songs, showing the benefits of a year training in Wellington.

Into the evening, Stephen and Rob let loose with their upbeat percussion-based Aroha Beats Project. Also performing were Taxi Collectivo DJs and popular reggae group Irie Vibes.

With admission set at $5 for adults and $2 for children, many families attended and spent a few hours listening while entertainers such as the Twisty Twins (together with their TV film crew) and face painters kept the kids entertained.

Such was the success that many people suggested it could be a regular event. The Motueka Music Network committee will look at perhaps running it twice a year.

The Motueka Music Network is a website-based operation which profiles local musicians, performers and music teachers of all genres, and provides information about music events coming up in Motueka. Half of its initial funding came from Tasman Creative Communities, through Vision Motueka.

The profiles of performers and music teachers also allows venues wanting to reach performers, and individuals wanting to learn to play music, to find the right local people quickly.

Further money was needed to provide the site with an easily updatable events calendar, so that people wanting to find out what musical events are on in what venues in coming weeks can see the full list in an instant. It will also allow participating performers and venues to post event information.

The committee is planning a "meet the teachers" event in Decks Reserve in February so local music teachers can meet parents of prospective music students and provide instruments for people to try out.


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