Concert: Across the Great Divide arrives on the Thames

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On the other side of the Great Divide are Tony Burt (left), Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths and Karen Jones. Photo / Provided

True to its desire to bring a wide variety of live music to Thames, Kauaeranga Music announces the arrival of Across the Great Divide, a trio of musicians offering traditional, contemporary and original songs and tunes with Celtic and American roots.

Karen Jones’ fiery accompaniments match her fast-paced, guitar-fueled jigs and reels. Tony Burt adds his laid-back dobro harmonies and Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths on soprano sax rounds out the sound.

Music Education Specialist Karen Jones spent 14 years in Edinburgh cutting her teeth in traditional Scottish music and learning about Scottish art and culture. It was then that she began to seriously study the clarsach (Celtic harp). Now based in New Zealand, she continues to teach music, and was the instigator and co-founder of the “Trad-bearers singer session” in Auckland.

Tony’s resonator and guitar performances cover a wide range of styles. He has composed music for film and television documentaries. He has contributed to numerous albums and written tunes inspired by melodies and rhythms from both sides of the Atlantic.

Hanna, an internationally renowned Swedish saxophonist, is a musician and tutor with her roots in traditional Scandinavian music. Growing up on the Swedish west coast, she always had traditional music in her life. Now a musician in New Zealand, she teaches and directs Ethno, where young musicians share their traditional music.

Their music is special – original and traditional, Celtic and American tunes and tunes. They make a great sound.

The details:
WHAT: Through the Great Divide NZ Tour
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames
TICKETS: Sale at the door $25
Prepaid $22 txt: 021912993 or kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or Lotus Realm 714 Pollen St, Thames

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