Folk music dream takes flight


From The Addams Family to … a new family.
They are no longer creepy and kooky but three Oamaru musicians hope this weekend will be the beginning of something special.
Elton Crane, Victoria van der Spek and Caitlin Donovan debut their as-yet unnamed original folk band at the Penguin Club tomorrow night.
The trio met during Musical Theatre Oamaru’s production last year. Crane played Mal Beineke and the two women were in the orchestra.
“I would watch the orchestra sound check each night as I hatched a plan to create a band once the production was over,” Crane said.
“Having never played music with classically trained musicians, it was a daunting prospect to even approach them. Luckily, they could see potential after I’d given them a demo CD of my songs and we started jamming.”The band consists of Crane on acoustic guitar and vocals, van der Spek on violin and Donovan on keyboard.
Crane, whose day job is road safety co-ordinator at the Waitaki District Council, has been writing songs since he was 19 and is passionate about original music.
“I’m loving this project because we have a diverse range of skills. “They both read sheet music, whereas I don’t know how to, so I just throw chords at them and we all figure out how to make it work.”The band will open for Liam Gerner and Australian musician Luke Moller. The opening slot would be a chance for the trio to get some feedback, Crane said.
“We hope people enjoy what we’ve created and our aim is to keep improving and look for opportunities throughout the year,” Crane said.

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