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Karen Anslow and Her Fellow Sinners Present: 27

Karen Anslow and Her Fellow Sinners Present:


10.00pm 14-16 February 2013, 8.00pm 17 February 2013
Daddy O’s, 90-92 Manners Street
Tickets: $18 /15

This show wasn’t even Karen’s idea. A friend suggested she take classics from the members of the 27 Club and perform them in her own jazzy, sensual style. Karen immediately recognised a simple yet brilliant idea, and how it was perfect for the NZ Fringe Festival.

The “27 Club” is an infamous group of musicians who all died at the age of 27. It includes impressive names such as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse. Anticipation is already building. “You HAVE to do Smells Like Teen Spirit!” one fan has stated. Karen will not confirm the full set list as yet – “You have to have some secrets” she says with a knowing smile.

“I don’t want to focus on how they died young” Karen explains. “I want to celebrate their perpetual 27th birthdays and the fact they were here with us at all.”

Karen enjoyed success with “Sophisticated Sinner” in August 2012, her first foray into singing with her own band. This time it’s even more challenging. “It’s a little scary taking these firm favourites and putting our own spin on them. I’m enjoying discovering them anew and I’m very fortunate to have such talented musicians backing me up.’” says Karen.

As a sneak peek, the show will include People Are Strange, Lithium, Purple Haze and Back to Black. But that’s all for now….

Join us at Daddy O’s for sensual sounds and old friends made new.


Karen Anslow is a graduate of Natioanl Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) who has been living in Wellington for the past seven years. During that time she has appeared in numerous fringe shows, a Capital E tour and lots of improv for WIT. Her highlight so far has been co-writing and performing the title role in the successful one act musical “Becoming The Courtesan” at BATS. Karen is a classically trained singer who has performed opera to karaoke and plenty in between. In August 2012 she performed her first one person cabaret style show “Sophisticated Sinner” to enthusiastic audiences.


Tane Upjohn-Beatson – Guitar and Arrangement. Tane is a Wellington based composer and sound designer working primarily on theater and independent films. He also performs regularly as a live accompanist for improvised theater. He has worked on over twenty NZ plays and films, receiving Chapman Tripp nominations for the Constance Scott Kircaldie Outstanding Composer of Music Award in both 2009 (A Most Outrageous Humbug) and 2010 (Katydid),and the Park Road Post Production Sound Designer Of The Year Award in 2011 (The Engine Room), as well as a V 48 hours nomination for sound design in 2009. Most recently he worked on the score for the successful indie movie How To Meet Girls From A Distance.

Alan Burden – Drums. Alan grew up in Zambia in a place where the sound of drums was a nightly occurrence, and he has been playing drums and percussion pretty much ever since. His original playing roots are very much jazz-based, including a two-year stint as the drummer for the Rodger Fox Big Band in its earlier days. Alan has been the principal percussion player for Wellington-based Flamenco dance group Desde Sevilla for several years, and recently completed a successful week-long season with them at Circa Theatre in support of Barcelona based flamenco guitarist Paul Bosauder and vocalist Cristina Lopez. Alan’s other recent or current musical involvements and activities include playing percussion on a regular basis for Wellington-based rock band the Rodrigo Bros, playing ‘vintage drumset’ for Wellington group the Paradise Dance Band and playing drum set for Wellington-based groups City Jazz and the Capital Performing Arts dance band.

Sue Windsor – Keyboard. The strong silent type - Sue is well sought after as a pianist in the local musical theatre scene. Let’s just say she is awesome. Cause she is.

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