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Great lineup of music in Thames for greater Coromandel

There is a free Friday Lunchtime Concert every month and one Sunday afternoon concert per month in Thames from March to November.
 |  The Informer  | 

This is a continuing generous and excellent standard initiative by the Thames Music Group and they invite Thames and the greater Coromandel to come and enjoy their wonderful line-up of events for 2024.

The coming two events:

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

New Zealand and Pan Pacific Champion Barbershop Quartet from Hamilton on Sunday, 3 March 2.00pm-3.30pm, at St Georges Church, Thames. Adults $20 at the door, TMG (Thames Music group) members $15, Under 18s Free.

The Usual Suspects are Barbershop Harmony New Zealand’s 2023 Open and Men’s Division Champions, and Pan Pacific Bronze medallists in the men’s division, hailing from Kirikiriroa Hamilton.  Formed in 2020, the quartet’s mission is to share their passion for barbershop acappella singing with audiences in New Zealand, and ultimately the world.

Harley, Takiri, Richard and Nathan are highly entertaining performers, with an energetic style and repertoire that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The quartet is a culturally diverse group aged between early 20’s to late 50’s, and with occupations ranging from librarian to truck driver. Contest audiences voted them the ‘most entertaining’ quartet, receiving the Iraia te Whaiti trophy back-to-back in 2022 and 2023, an unprecedented feat.

The world now beckons, as their 2023 victory and talent earns them an invitation to compete on the global stage – the World Championships in Cleveland, USA in July 2024. Please join us to witness the seamless harmony and brotherly synergy as these four musical virtuosos unite in song, creating an unforgettable experience where precision meets passion that transcends boundaries and resonates with the soul.

LOCAL GUITARIST  ANDREW CHANG

Playing solo classic and popular guitar songs. FREE Friday Lunchtime Concert, Friday, 22 March   12.15-1.00pm at the St Georges Church, Thames. Koha appreciated.

Andrew has been playing guitar for 45 years. His formative years were greatly influenced by the guitar legends who shaped the classic rock era in which he grew up.  He is self-taught from vinyl to ear, the old-fashioned way, and his improvisational style of electric lead guitar found its way to serve in bands he played with, starting from school days. .

In recent years, Andrew’s music has been dedicated entirely to acoustic finger style playing. After seeing the great Tommy Emmanuel, he was blown away by how much can be done on six strings with no accompaniment, a one-man band able to entertain audiences with well-loved songs performed instrumentally on one guitar.

Andrew has met his guitar hero in person and has been inspired to strive further in this challenging style.

Now he continues to enjoy reimagining and arranging many popular songs in solo acoustic finger style.

His song choices reflect the influence of growing up in the classic rock era, and you will experience everything from The Beatles onwards with a few surprises along the way.