Tag Archives: Michael Morris

This Bar Ain’t Big Enough For The River Jesters

It’s no joke being a jester! Meticulous planning went into the making of The River Jesters’ video for their new release ‘Pony’ at Inch Bar last Tuesday. Thankfully, we weren’t trampled by a herd of mustangs, but cowgirls, gamblers and guitars took over the bar for the day and there was even a ‘brawl’ at the end. The River Jesters are Michael Morris and Tom Batchelor (from X Factor), a psychedelic folk and blues rock duo who formed in Dunedin in 2012. As soon as filming was over, the duo launched straight into an amazing performance of original material and covers by Led Zeppelin (‘Whole Lotta Love’) and The Beatles (‘Oh! Darling’). Great stuff guys!

River Jesters: Tom Batchelor and Michael Morris.

River Jesters: Tom Batchelor and Michael Morris.

Inch Bar

Inch Bar

Inch Bar beer memorabilia

Inch Bar beer memorabilia

Jonas of Inch Bar

Jonas of Inch Bar

Laura-Jane, the heroine from the River Jesters' new music video, 'Pony'

Laura-Jane, the heroine from the River Jesters’ new music video, ‘Pony’

The fabulous style of Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

The fabulous style of Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Elena

Elena

Evan and friend

Evan and friend

Jivy

Jivy

Justine

Justine

The River Jesters

The River Jesters

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Operation Underground Launch Party at Queens, 3 July

For those of us who are fed up with overseas record labels/producers dictating what we should listen to in New Zealand, Operation Underground proves to be a great alternative. Masterminded by Artistic Director Michael Morris, a group of indie soloists and duos (many from Dunedin) have united to produce their own CD. This project evolved from Sunday Porch Sessions, in which solo artists were recorded performing their own compositions, literally from their porches! The launch party at Queens helped to raise awareness of this project with Dunedin musicians taking centre stage. Even though the event was free, donations were encouraged to help bring the project to completion. A fantastic evening was had by all.

If you would like to learn more about the project or make a donation, follow this link https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1034

Maddy Parkins-Craig

Maddy Parkins-Craig

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Nick Knox

Nick Knox

Rachael aka The Ruby Lady

Rachael aka The Ruby Lady

Paul Cathro

Paul Cathro

Queens' goddess and host Tahu captures the 'animal instinct' theme of the evening.

Queens’ goddess and host Tahu captures the ‘animal instinct’ theme of the evening.

Nikki dresses as an octopus.

Nikki dresses as an octopus.

John and Kim. John wears vintage hat and jersey from a jumble sale.

John and Kim. John wears vintage hat and jersey from a jumble sale.

Hana and Natasha. Hana wears vintage. Natasha dresses as a cat.

Hana and Natasha. Hana wears vintage. Natasha dresses as a cat.

Bones wears op-shop.

Bones wears op-shop.

Michael Morris (Artistic Director of Operation Underground) wears coat and pants from SaveMart. Rachael dresses as a Bird of Paradise.

Michael Morris (Artistic Director of Operation Underground) wears coat and pants from SaveMart. Rachael dresses as a Bird of Paradise.

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