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Graeme Jefferies South Island Shows Announced

Graeme Jefferies South Island Shows Announced

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Dave Simpson / Monday 4th October, 2021 1:47PM

An outstanding trio of acts are teaming up for two one-of-a-kind (two-of-a-kind?) South Island shows this November to share new music with Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti crowds. Aotearoa rock stalwart Graeme Jefferies of The Cakekitchen, Nocturnal Projections and This Kind Of Punishment and  fame will be performing a rare solo show with a whole new album under his belt, and attendees can expect a typical Jefferies affair with a stage loaded with different instruments for him to jump to, from and between. D.K.Y.T (Dick Whyte) from Pōneke band Bent Folk also has new material to offer, promising "good soul food for these troubled times" in his set. The third act in this rare triple bill is brand new outfit Marxophone Orchestra, who will be opening the shows with their debut appearances, creating experimental pieces on three reclaimed Marxophones - an obscure instrument somewhere between a zither and a dulcimer. Lock in your spot for a night like no other here...

Graeme Jefferies, D.K.Y.T & Marxophone Orchestra
Friday 26th November - The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Saturday 27th November - Darkroom, Christchurch

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Please enjoy Graeme Jefferies and The Cakekitchen's killer 1990 clip for 'Dave The Pimp'...

Press release:

Graeme Jefferies

Best known as part of the Flying Nun early eighties movement Graeme has been involved with well respected internationally known groups, This Kind of Punishment, Nocturnal Projections and The Cakekitchen.

He is also known as a solo artist and has toured Europe 9 times and the USA 3 times and has released over 15 albums of material worldwide on such labels as Homestead and Merge in the USA and Hausmusik and Raffmond in Germany via Rough Trade.

His live solo shows are somewhat rare and involve playing a lot of different instruments on stage hopping from one to another as fast as possible to create a sort of underlying tension to the performance. A new album has finally been completed and the show will draw upon material from all of Graeme’s bands as well as showcasing new and unreleased material.

D.K.Y.T (Dick Whyte)

Known as the driving force behind cult favourite Wellington band ‘Bent Folk’ Dick has been bending ears and making the people in the front row nod their heads up and down for quite some time now. He is also well respected as a solo artist and has consistently wowed audiences with his crazy guitar neck vibrato playing and heartfelt honest songs.

Dick has been quietly chipping away at new solo material over the last months and promises to showcase some new surprise tunes from his current new catalogue of material. A rising star to watch his performances are special within themselves and good soul food for these troubled times.

Marxophone Orchestra

This is the debut performance of the newly put together Marxophone Orchestra. The Marxophone is a dulcimer like zither instrument played with metal and wooden hammers and each of the 3 Marxophones on stage has been painstakingly restored and modified to make modern day versions of these out of print for over a 100 years instruments.

We’re keeping our cards fairly close to our chests about this act and not revealing too much about this never seen before opening act and their reclaimed from obscurity instruments. But there 45 minute set promises something interesting and unique for both fans of experimental improvisational music and traditional dulcimer melodies accompanied with vocals. It is not known how long the Marxophone Orchestra will exist. So if this sounds like the sort of weird thing you might be interested in please come along and check it out.

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Graeme Jefferies, Dkyt(Dick Whyte), Marxophone Orchestra
Fri 26th Nov 8:00pm
The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Graeme Jefferies, Dkyt(Dick Whyte), Marxophone Orchestra
Sat 27th Nov 8:00pm
darkroom, Christchurch