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Canadians Bring Energetic Folk Music To Taranaki

Thursday 14 July 2005

Canadians Bring Energetic Folk Music To Taranaki Festival Of The Arts

“Mauvais Sort is energy, enthusiasm … dynamite! But more than that, it is emotion.” – la Soleil, Canada

Prepare to be enchanted by the magic of Canada’s Mauvais Sort as they meld traditional folk lyrics together with contemporary arrangements for energetic and passionate performances at the Taranaki Festival of the Arts in August.
Direct from a tour of Scotland, Mauvais Sort are setting out to bewitch New Zealand, performing at the Taranaki Festival of the Arts and Christchurch Arts Festival.

They perform in Christchurch on August 3, before heading to Taranaki where they tour the region performing in Hawera, Opunake, Makahu, Eltham, Stratford, Urenui, Inglewood and Kaimata, before a sold-out show in New Plymouth on Saturday 13 August. Due to popular demand, an additional New Plymouth show has been added on Sunday 14 August at 7pm.

With a passion for folk music, the five talented musicians of Mauvais Sort (French for ‘Bad Spell’) revisit traditional songs and give them a new twist drawing on jazz, rock, reggae and pop music influences.

Their blend of traditional lyrics with contemporary music results in a musical flavour that is unique and their live performances are legendary for their onstage energy and enthusiasm.

Mauvais Sort has toured extensively in Canada and Belgium and has released two albums, Sans Dessus Dessous and Jettatura.

Mauvais Sort performs at the Taranaki Festival of the Arts from August 4-14. Their New Plymouth shows are on August 13 at 8.30pm and August 14 at 7pm at the Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace.

The Taranaki Festival of the Arts follows the sell-out success of WOMAD New Zealand 2005. Both events are organised by the Taranaki Arts Festivals Trust.
Tickets for the Taranaki Festival of the Arts are available through Ticketek and the full programme is available online at

The Taranaki Festival of the Arts 2005 is funded and supported by the
following organisations;

CORE FUNDERS: New Plymouth District Council, Taranaki Electricity Trust
MAJOR FUNDING PARTNERS: TSB Community Trust, Creative NZ
GOLD SPONSORS: Hooker Pacific, Staples Rodway, The Zieltjes Family in
association with the Practical Education Institute
GOLD MEDIA: Classic Hits Taranaki, Taranaki Daily News, More FM Taranaki
SILVER SPONSORS: Reeves Middleton Young, Clelands Construction Ltd, Price
Waterhouse Coopers, Transfield Worley Services, Plymouth International Hotel
BRONZE SPONSORS: Billings, Fuji Xerox, Swift Energy NZ Ltd, The Most FM,
Newstalk ZB, Westgate Transport Ltd, TSB Bank
FESTIVAL GRANTS: South Taranaki District Council, New Zealand Community
Trust, Venture Taranaki, Lion Foundation


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