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Latest episode of Kiwi by Proxy – South Pacific funk afro-beat and ethio-soul….

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… all brought to you by Lucien Johnson and his band of merry funky men.

Lucien Johnson is a multi-instrumentalists and composer based out of  Wellington, NZ. Featured in this podcast are a discussion with Lucien about his work and music from a group I am quite excited about the Shogun Orchestra.

Unfortunately the album isn’t ready for release. But when it is I will definitely let you know.

You can keep up with Lucien by way of his site here and at his page on Myspace here for the Shogun Orchestra (which by the way features the Dan Yeabsely, Chris Yeabsley, Justin Clarke, Mike Fab, Toby Laing, Joe Lindsay, Tim Jaray, Adan Tijerina, and Paul Hoskins and of course Lucien Johnson).

Get ready to hear elements of George Clinton, Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke,  Santana (dare I say?) and even the Skatalites with a distinctively Kiwi accent. 

The Shoguncast



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Maman M’voye Peze Cafe


Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra (or as I love to call them….)

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…the Welly Ukes! 09tour

That’s right folks, it was high time I did a podcast on this lovely bunch.

Last week I had the great fortune of meeting up with three members of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra via Skype.

Megan Hosking, Dan Yeasbley and Sam Auger discussed how the group started, how they go about chosing the songs they perform, how to play the dreaded E Chord, their possible upcoming tour of the US and many other delightful little tidbits of ukulele goodness.

Also featured in this podcast are two mighty fine songs and a special surprise song snuck in at the end. Not gonna tell ya what it is, ya have to listen to the whole thing to find out. 😀

Be sure to friend them on MySpace here at thier page and don’t forget to check out their main website where you can purchase their EPs and tee shirts!!

So I will not keep you in suspense any longer…

I give you the wonderful Wellingtonians known as the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra…

Welly Ukescast



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It’s A Heartache
Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love to Town)
**Special surprise performance

Latest Kiwi by Proxy – I Am Spartacus….R

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Howdy all.

I recently had the great fortune of speaking with Ryan Prebble. Ryan is among other things a member of Spartacus R (and a member of one of the most musical families in all of New Zealand…The Prebbles.)6covers

Spartacus R has a new album out (well it came out in January and I am now just getting around to talking about it.)

The album is When the Fever Takes Hold and it is superb. Eight tracks of pure sonic bliss with six (yes that’s right, count ’em six) album covers. (Very cleverly done… you can insert each print into a clear cover and change it out according to your taste.)

This podcast will feature a few tunes off that album. Alongside the Spartacus tunes you will hear music from Ginger Brown, Little Bushman and Good Laika.

This is a groovy little number of Kiwi by Proxy as this music is reminiscent of late 60s early 70s pyschedelia/blues/rock. Solid stuff!

Also in between tunes you will hear Ryan discussing the music making process behind their new album and a little bit about his solo work.

So here we go… I Am Spartacuscast….



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Ginger BrownThe Weekend
Spartacus RWhen the Fever Takes Hold
Little BushmanNature of Man
Good LaikaFires (Keep Burning)
Spartacus RSynthia
Spartacus RLast Trace of the Golden Glow
Spartacus RWhite Zarconia (The Heist)

New Podcast – Folkcast

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***To all who subscribe to this blog via feed or blog notification I apologize if you saw that there was a new post (which there was) but then it suddenly disappeared. I had to change this post to unpublished as I had to troubleshoot an issue with the audio file (I had recorded it in a higher bit rate and Wordpress wasn’t detecting the file as a result). I have it all sorted now and this post is back in action. Sorry about the false start everyone.***

Amazingly enough in the flurry of all that has been going on in my life I still managed to discover some new (to me) Kiwi music. 

I received Woolshed Sessions a few weeks ago thanks my trusty co-host and most excellent friend, Ian Henderson. As a result I have been in a folky state of mind so I went on a treasure hunt for some really good New Zealand folk music.

I already had a few folks on my MySpace friends list – Tim Beals (and his sister Holly) aka Ashes of August, Shaun K. Anderson and Jess Chambers to name a few. One of the great things about MySpace (yes there are great things about MySpace!) is that your friends have other friends, and they have friends,  ad infinitum. So yes, I found other folk artists through the ones I already had on my list. (Again that great thing about MySpace.)

So I contacted a few folks on MySpace and asked if they would mind sending me a song or two for the podcast. They graciously provided me with songs and as a result they are featured on this podcast. I am very appreciative of their complying with my request (as you will be once you hear their lovely music).

As you listen in (either by streaming here or downloading from iTunes) have a look at their pages. I have linked to them below.

Oh also, an interesting side note, it just so happens that all of these artists are based in Wellington. It didn’t even occur to me until after I had put the playlist together. So yea, Welly seems to be the place to be for whatever you are hankerin’ for musically.

MySpace pages for all the artists featured in this podcast.

Without further ado I give you the KbP folkcast.




Due to bandwidth limits I can only offer the free download via this blog for one week. However all archived podcasts are available at iTunes and are of course free. 

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Chole LangleyFly Straight
Shaun K. AndersonThe Stand Sure Oak
Jess Chambers and the Firefly OrchestraIsland
Matthew HollemanGreat Foundation
Age Pryor (featuring Tessa Rain)King of You All
Ashes of AugustTruth You Know
Shaun K. AndersonThe Overcomer
Chloe LangleyWork of Faith
Jess Chambers and the Firefly OrchestraSoldiers
The Phoenix FoundationWildlife
Ashes of AugustTo Be With You
Woolshed SessionsAcceptance

New Podcast: Interview with Age Pryor – Shanks’ Pony, Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and Woolshed Sessions

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Well after being away for weeks and weeks, I came back with three new podcasts two short weeks ago. Just when I thought it would be a bit before I got to a new one I managed to catch up with Age Pryor and we had a great chat.

We discussed his solo work, collaborative efforts with Fly My Pretties, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, and his most recent work with Woolshed Sessions.

Age is such an incredible musician and well he is just an all around great guy. I am a bigger fan now more than ever.

eattin-breakfastYou can find out more about Age Pryor by visiting his MySpace page. Also while hanging about on MySpace check out the Woolshed Sessions’ page (take a look at the pic folder too… wonderful shots of the beautiful New Zealand countryside and equally beautiful New Zealand musicians.)

Also featured in this podcast are songs from Age’s solo albums Shanks’ Pony and City Chorus, and his newest song from the collaborative work Woolshed Sessions – Waterfall (a truly breathtaking piece of music with haunting lyrics. I can’t describe the feeling I get from hearing it. Amazing.)

Purchase Shanks’ Pony here, City Chorus here and Woolshed Sessions here. Also check out the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra’s web site here.

Age Pryor Podcast



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Shanks’ Pony – Album: Shanks’ Pony
Shouldn’t I Know – Album: Shanks’ Pony
Best for You – Album: City Chorus
Waterfall – Album: Woolshed Sessions