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Crossing Borders – Toru’s NZ tour visits Kauaeranga Music, near their ancestral roots in Kopu
Toru re-ignites the glowing embers of a 25 year musical association between Denny Stanway, James Wilkinson and Davy Stuart from Rua, the legendary Christchurch Celtic band formed by Denny's husband, the late Jimmy Young.
The name? In Maori it means ‘three’, in Japanese ‘the sea’. It seemed a logical progression from Rua (two), and the days when Rua built up a significant fan base by performing at major music festivals both here and overseas.
Toru continues where Rua left off and they are back with Crossing Borders, singing songs of love, landscape, loss, heritage, friendship and connection.
Crossing Borders also reflects their varied ancestry. Davy is a transplanted Scot, James has German heritage and Denny is European Maori - despite what her blue eyes and blonde colouring might suggest, her maternal grandmother was born near Kopu. “We are Ngati Maru au Hauraki” says Denny.
Most importantly, Crossing Borders reflects the music that moves these musicians. Denny again: “From original NZ songwriters to old Celtic ballads, we cross genres within a sound that is strongly acoustic strings-based with rhythms from the Irish drum, the Bodhran and vocal arrangements featuring all of the band.”
Australian virtuoso violinist Lindsay Martin is a guest member of Toru and adds fiddle, violin and mandolin to the mix.
Denny Stanway: - “...the consummate singer”; “...a voice you won’t forget”; “...a true diva of song”
James Wilkinson: - virtuoso guitarist, fretless bassist, singer/songwriter, composer
Davy Stuart: - skilled guitar and bouzouki player.
Toru performs at Kauaeranga Valley Hall on Wednesday 21 June at 7:30pm.
WHEN: 7:30pm Wednesday 21st June 2017
WHERE: Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames
Door sales $20
Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames.
For further information contact Peter Revell on 07 8689955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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