Tag Archives: Sammy’s

Just The Boys

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …

Finn Andrews

The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).

Finn Andrews at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Finn Andrews at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Nathan Berg

This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Wesley Fourie

South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Alan Haig

This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

Frits Homburg

Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton

Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Sam Ralph

Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Jon Thom

Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

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SCREAM: It’s The Veils At Sammy’s!

Evocative. Intimate. Etherial. Energetic. We’d been counting down the days to this gig and it far exceeded our high expectations – perfect band, perfect venue! The Veils were supported by popular Dunedin bands Males and Two Cartoons, with a guest appearance from Dunedin Sound legend Martin Phillipps (The Chills). The delectable Finn Andrews led The Veils through a set that flowed beautifully from one masterpiece to the next. Well-balanced sound and atmospheric lighting completed the spectacle. There were numerous highlights. We loved Finn’s parallel drumming in ‘Train With No Name’. There were other crowd pleasers such as a melodic ‘Lavinia’ and ‘Nux Vomica’ – emotional and frenetic. The crowd clamoured for ‘Jesus For The Jugular’ which was played with edge and energy for the encore.

Males

Males

Males

Males

Two Cartoons

Two Cartoons

Martin Phillipps plays 'Pink Frost' with Two Cartoons

Martin Phillipps plays ‘Pink Frost’ with Two Cartoons

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

Finn Andrews and Sophia Burn (bass)

Finn Andrews and Sophia Burn (bass)

Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Uberto Rapisardi (keyboard)

Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Uberto Rapisardi (keyboard)

Sophia Burn

Sophia Burn

Sophie wears dress by Les Filles en Fleur.

My 'Finn'dom Come

My ‘Finn’dom Come

Raife Burchell, drummer

Raife Burchell, drummer

Thanks to Radio1, we got the opportunity to meet The Veils and to ask Finn Andrews a few questions. Despite the jetlag, he enthused about how well the tour was going. Having been born in London, the recent London gig at Scala was particularly special for him. Setting up their own record label, Pitch Beast Records, has proved to be worthwhile despite the extra workload. Most of Finn’s favourite Veils songs are on Nux Vomica and, in the video for ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’, there really were 23 babies on set with 23 sets of anxious parents in the wings. He recalled having bad hay fever on the day which made filming difficult.

Check out the ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’ video here.

Finn doesn’t know Dunedin very well except for the area around Sammy’s. The last time they were here was in 2009. He would really like to see an albatross though! Thanks so much Finn. You are just as much a gentleman as you are a musical genius!

Veils fans really must check out their National Radio interview (including live performances) here in which Finn said that Sammy’s was a favourite venue.

A special moment with Finn Andrews

A special moment with Finn Andrews

The lovely Sophia Burn

The lovely Sophia Burn

Raife Burchell and Dan Raishbrook check out their own merchandise.

Raife Burchell and Dan Raishbrook check out their own merchandise. They thought this Dunedin gig was hard to beat.

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, if you haven’t got a ticket yet, find one somehow!

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