It’s called Words & Music and it features just that – poetry from Brian Turner and music from Matt Langley, Charlotte Yates and Lee Clark.
The gig, billed as “a unique one-off concert for Oamaru”, takes place at the Grainstore in Harbour St on October 25.
Turner, the former New Zealand Poet Laureate who lives in Oturehua in Central Otago, will present works from his latest collection of more than 60 poems, Night Fishing
Hampden singer-songwriter Clark has also made a musical interpretation of three of Turner’s works, which he will perform to the Wednesday night audience. He will be accompanied by Victoria van der Spek on violin and keyboards and Dave Pettersson on harmonica and vocals.
Dunedin singer-songwriter Langley will showcase material from his most recent album, Winter Dust
Yates also has compositions from her new album, Then the Stars Start Singing, with which to woo the Oamaru crowd. She, too, has worked with the words of a renowned New Zealand poet, the late Hone Tuwhare.
The concert was “the brainchild of Terry Hannan”, Clark said.
Tickets cost $25. Door sales will be available from 7pm, or places can be reserved by texting 0273 666-201.
Clark has two more local concerts that week.
On the Friday (October 27), he and colleague Andrew Beszant are performing as Vanity Dog in the Harbour Street Collective.
The duo is also playing in the Hampden Presbyterian Church from 3pm on the Saturday, alongside jazz singer Julie Barclay and teenage country-folk exponent Becka Clark.
“This will be a ‘bring the kids’ do and gold-coin donation affair to raise money towards a heat pump for the community hall there,” Clark said.
He and Beszant formed Vanity Dog in 2015 for a single project. However, they soon realised they could write “sparklingly good songs” with shared influences from the likes of the The Byrds, The Smiths, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys.
Vanity Dog released its first EP, Winter, in 2016. It was followed early this year by Houndesque, which has had radio time in New Zealand and Australia while gaining a fan base in Britain, the United States and France.
An upcoming EP, Skin and Bone, will deliver “honest humanity” and “catchy harmonies that burst from the speakers with unashamedly infectious elation”, Clark said.