Nelson Arts Festival Goes Country

Tuesday 21 September 2010, 5:55AM
By Nelson Media Agency

You don’t have to go to the city to enjoy a slice of the Nelson Arts Festival, it’s coming to a town near you!
The festival is touring the visiting Australian duo, The Baker Suite, a duo with a sophisticated French café sound, created by singer John Baker with Gayle Buckby on accordion.
Nelson City Council festival creative director Annabel Norman said she selected The Baker Suite to tour regional venues as something a little bit different – but with a wide appeal.
“We’ve never toured an international show before, but with support from the Tasman District Council we’re able to offer Tasman residents a real treat,” she said. “The Baker Suite is based in Adelaide and names among its influences some of the jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Chet Baker – but with other influences including Burt Bacharach, The Beatles and Norah Jones they will appeal to a fairly wide audience,”
‘The rich, lush sound of the opening moments of this performance drew the audience in and held it until the standing ovation and cheers for more at the end. This performance 
was an oasis for the romantics, a great end to a hectic week, a great show.’ Jim Mack, The Independent Weekly
See The Baker Suite at these venues:
Granary Festival Café Sat 16 Oct, 8.30pm
Neudorf Vineyard Sun 17 Oct, 2pm
Tickets for both these shows at Everyman Records ph 548 3083 or www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz
The Mussel Inn, Onekaka Thurs 14, Oct 8pm
Tickets on sale at the Mussel Inn. ph 03 525 9241
Commercial Hotel, Murchison Fri 15 Oct 8pm
Tickets on sale at the Commercial Hotel. ph 03 523 9696
Other shows coming to Tasman are Poetry in the Vineyard with Elizabeth Smither and Rachel Bush at Woollaston Estates on Labour Day and gypsy violinist Antal Szalai at Woollaston Estates on Sun Oct 17.
Tickets for these are at Everyman Records or www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz