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Too Many Chiefs - Tauranga
Friday, May 02, 2014

Too Many Chiefs
Wayne Mason, Rob Joass, Laura Collins & Andrew London

From a chance meeting in a Paekakariki cafe in 2012, four singer/songwriter bandleaders hatched a cunning plan to join forces and present a show featuring their favourite original songs, without their usual 'Indians'. Although working in slightly different genres the Chiefs discovered enough common ground to compile a repertoire that brings together elements of jazz, country, folk, blues and good old rock'n'roll, and showcases some of the best songwriting New Zealand has to offer.

Wayne Mason is something of a Kiwi icon, having won the 'song of the millennium' with his song 'Nature', first recorded in the '60s with The Fourmyula, and also covered by the Muttonbirds in the '90s. A founder member of the legendary Warratahs, Wayne has also recorded several albums under his own name, 'Sense Got Out' being the most recent.

Rob Joass leads two groups; 'The Shot Band' and 'Hobnail'. He has toured Canada and parts of Europe with his gritty songs that are equal parts Celtic folk and country rock, the occasional barb of satirical humour betraying a mischievous sense of perspective on the human condition, honed by decades of constant touring through the highways and back roads of NZ.

Andrew London is best known for his trio Hot Club Sandwich, whose repertoire consists mostly of Andrew's whimsical, humourous and satirical ditties. He was also a founder member of Kapiti's 'Cattlestops', a five-piece country band whose album 'Back to Rosetta Road' provided much of the soundtrack to the movie 'Second Hand Wedding'.

Laura Collins brings a welcome gentility to the stage, thankfully balancing the testosterone level. Known for her soulful voice and bringing 'heart on sleeve and tongue in cheek' in equal measure to her own writing, her instinctive and empathetic vocal contributions to the other Chief's songs are highlights of the show.

To hear more about each of the Chiefs, please visit their websites:





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