Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas At The Lake 2014 + Hannah Morgan

Christmas At The Lake
14th December 2014
5pm until 10pm
Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge

Due to weather, postponed to Monday 15th December, 5pm until 10pm.

Bring a Picnic blanket and enjoy the fun!

Entertainment from Local Artists & Performers, 
Kapa Haka, Dance Acts, Santa, Bouncy Castles, Fun Rides, Face Painting Delicious Food, and much more.

Hannah Morgan with mum Lee Tulloch-Morgan
(Photo: Geoff Lewis)
Christmas at the Lake is a bi- annual 'free' community event co-ordinated by Bridges Church with the involvement of other churches and community groups. It is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages to gather together and there is something to enjoy for everyone. People start to gather from mid afternoon to find a great spot to put down their picnic blankets with the 'family fun activities' starting from 5.00 pm. Nine local Primary Schools painted 'A New Zealand Christmas' murals which are on display for all to enjoy.

Activity on the mainstage begins at 6pm with headliners Late 80’s Mercedes, Rapture Ruckus, Julia Grace, Nora and a host of local performers, kapa haka, bands and duos. Classical singer Hannah Morgan will be accompanied by Darcy Perry on guitar. The night will conclude at 10.00 pm with a Fireworks Display.

This is a drug & alcohol free family event.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Blues Room + Derek Jacombs Interview

Kokomo - Bigger Than Brando
This Wednesday night on The Blues Room I interview Derek Jacombs, band leader of the legendary Kokomo, a Bay of Plenty export that has entertained audiences all over New Zealand since 1991. Their latest release is Bigger Than Brando, with a December 5th album launch at the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15.00, available on-line at Eventfinder and from Nivara this week. Full details on

Tune in from 9pm ( and FM89.0 in the Waikato) for a chance to win the Bigger Than Brando CD and tickets to the album launch.

The Blues Room, 3 December 2014
Episode #462

1. Ella Fitzgerald - Good Morning Blues
2. Chuck Berry - How You're Changed
3. Kokomo - Waiting For A Sunny Day
Interview with Derek Jacombs
4. Kokomo - (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
5. Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart
6. Coco Montoya - Beyond The Blues
7. Guitar Shorty - Sonic Boom
8. Etta James - You Shook Me
9. Junior Wells - Little By Little
10. BB King - She Don't Move Me No More

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Darcy Perry Blues Band Live

From left: Paul Merriott, Justin Roys, Darcy Perry,
Daron MacDonald, Craig Bracken.
The Blues Room, 526 November 2014
Episode 461
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Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa from The Blues Room for inviting us in for a live to air recording to raise awareness about White Ribbon, the campaign to end men's violence against women and children.

Free FM got bluesified last night by the Darcy Perry Blues Band in support of White Ribbon Day New Zealand, performing live to air from The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits ( and FM89.0 in the Waikato).

1. Big Boss Man
2. Messin' With The Kid
3. You Don't Love Me
4. Hey Joe
5. My Babe
6. I Shall Be Released
7. Seventh Son
8. Don't You Lie To Me
9. It Hurts Me Too

Video here.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Live Performance on The Blues Room

Darcy Perry Band
Live on the Blues Room
9pm, Wednesday 26th November, 2014

White Ribbon is an international movement to end men’s violence towards women. The DPB will gather in Nate Taiapa's legendary Blues Room for a live to air set in support of White Ribbon Day.

Tune in 9pm (NZ standard time), Weds 26th Nov via or on the radio Free FM 89.0 (which hosts The Blues Room)

( #StopDomesticViolence #WhiteRibbonDay )

Listen live 9pm (NZ time) each Weds: (click the Listen Live icon)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Strawberry Farm Festival

Tamahere’s Strawberry Farm has a lot to celebrate and is sharing the love. As the new strawberry season gets underway the Newell Rd complex is marking the occasion with the launch of a re-vamped Punnet cafe and the opening of a new playground.

The Strawberry Farm Festival on the weekend of November 15-16 will include face painting and balloon artists, live music and lots of strawberry treats.

Daron MacDonald & Darcy Perry
Jazz & Blues Around Lunchtime*
November 15, 2014
*11:30am onwards

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Round The Bridges 2014

Join more than 4,500 runners and walkers of all ages who are set to take part in the 70th Anniversary of the infamous Round the Bridges on Sunday November 16. With participants ranging from athletes to first-timers, super heroes to furry friends, everyone's doing it!

The 2014 birthday bash is a special occasion and with it comes an abundance of new and exciting elements for people to enjoy on and off the course. Look out for participant medals, awesome spot prizes and the chance for SEVEN lucky runners / walkers to win $10,000 each! There will also be all the traditional fave's including musical entertainment en route, school and business challenges, kids play areas, post-event entertainment and much more!

The SkyCity Hamilton HotSpots finalists entertaining runners and walkers on-course for Round the Bridges this year are Looking for Alaska (Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard), Latest Fallout, Beauty and the Bass, Darcy Perry and Sambatron.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

The Blues Room, 5 November 2014
Episode #458
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"First of all, I'd like to thank the fans and friends of The Blues Room for their support during the challenges of last month. Much time was spent with or worrying about my father who is stabilizing in the spinal unit in Middlemore, Auckland. We hope to get Dad home by Christmas to begin his long hard road of recovery. If you're quick you can download previous episodes of The Blues Room I've missed putting up here from by searching for The Blues Room

In this episode Darcy Perry rejoins us for what might be his first year anniversary of live-to-air shows on The Blues Room. Darcy will be back at the end of this month with his full band for a very special live-to-air performance in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign to end men's violence towards women and children." Nate Taiapa

1. Muddy Waters - Forty Days & Forty Nights
2. R.L. Burnside - Got Messed Up
3. Koko Taylor - Hittin' On Me
4. Jeff Beck - Dirty Mind
5. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
6. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Korean Bodega
7. The Animals - Talking About You
8. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Git Back
9. Ray Charles - Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
10. Willie Dixon - Twenty-Nine Ways To My Baby's Door
11. White Stripes - Rag & Bone
12. Willie Dixon - Tail Dragger
13. Eric Bibb - Forgiveness Is Gold
14. James Brown - I've Got To Change
15. Terence Trent D'Arby - Who's Lovin' Who
16. Ledbelly - Rock Island Line