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Flip Grater Plays Cathedral Square

December 10, 2003

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Flip Grater Plays Cathedral Square

Free Lunchtime Concert, Friday December 12, Cathedral Square, 12.15pm to 1.15pm

Influenced by many music genre, Flip Grater is creating her own chanteuse niche amidst the Christchurch music scene, including Cathedral Square this Friday 12th from 12.15pm.

As a teenager Flip sang her ' young disillusioned chick' songs at open mic cafes and clubs from Nelson to Queenstown.

" I started playing guitar when I was about 11 when a friend of my dad's taught me a bunch of Beatles and old folk songs,' she says. 'It was basically a way to accompany myself because I loved singing. I've done a bit of busking around New Zealand and Sweden but I didn't really start writing and performing until about a year ago.'

Evocative of many popular female artists such as Fiona Apple and Kristin Hersh, her versatile and varied voice can be desperate and intimate one minute, and bitingly angry the next.

'I most admire artists that use their voice or instrument to express emotion or to say something that's worth saying,' Flip says. ' I love the way Joni Mitchell sings, the way Hope Sandoval writes and the way Nick Drakes played guitar.'

Flip Grater performs as part of the Free Friday Lunchtime Concert Series, presented by Christchurch City Council Leisure.

ENDS.

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