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One Night in Nelson - Sharon O'Neill

Media Release – Monday 15th September, 2014

“One Night in Nelson Concert”
with Sharon O’Neill & an All Star Band

AC Marketing in association with The Breeze (Nelson) & Air NZ Grabaseat brings home Sharon O'Neill for an exclusive dinner concert at the Rutherford Heritage Hotel Nelson on Saturday 8th of November.

Sharon was born in Nelson, New Zealand and signed to CBS Records, (now SONY MUSIC) as a singer/songwriter in 1978.

Sharon has enjoyed numerous accolades as “Most Popular Female Artist”/”Queen of Pop” in both New Zealand and Australia including an APRA SILVER SCROLL for song writing and BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A and platinum record sales and albums.
Sharon will be accompanied by an all-star band , under the musical direction of Alan Mansfield (Robert Palmer/Dragon)

This is a one only New Zealand Concert.

Sharon & The All Star Band will perform a full show of her hit songs during this concert, in an intimate dinner setting, with the audience enjoying a sumptuous dinner experience at the Rutherford Heritage Hotel’s Maitai room. Very limited VIP, Meet & Greet tickets, along with Dinner & Show as well as show only tickets are available now.

Also “a getaway package ticket” for those would like to travel to Nelson & experience the show and some of what the Nelson Tasman region is on offer. Ticket numbers available are strictly limited to less than 300.

Promoter for the show Aly Cook says “The show is a rare chance to see one of NZ’s most iconic & successful songwriters – Sharon O’Neill with a great band in an intimate dinner show, in a stunning setting”

“It is a first time for the use of the Rutherford’s Maitai Room as a dinner concert venue. The ethos behind “The One Night in Nelson Concert” is to not only provide the people of Nelson Tasman with a quality dinner show concert experience, but to attract people to the region for a show and regional experience”

The Band includes Liam Ryan (The Narcs/Midge Marsden) Jimmy Wallace (Richie Pickett/Outlaws) Jimmy Lawrie (Dave McCartney Pink Flamingoes/ Rockinghorse) Dean Hetherington (Coalrangers) Aly Cook (Award winning singer songwriter) Chrissie Small ( Jive Bombers) & Simon Williams on Saxophone.

Country Blues & Roots act The Sou'Westers will open the evening.

Additional sponsors include: Century Park Motor Lodge, Pegasus Rental Cars Nelson, ICE Designer Clothing Store, WOW World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum & The Rutherford Hotel.

Tickets are available from 9.00am Monday 15th of September on My ticketmaster pre-sale and on sale to the general public from Tuesday 16th September.




Sharon was born in Nelson, New Zealand and signed to CBS Records, (now SONY MUSIC) as a singer/songwriter in 1978. After enjoying major success in her home territory her contract was transferred to Australia in order to further her career.. Her debut in Oz was as opening act for the legendary BOZ SCAGGS in every major city and from then on there were many highlights. Numerous accolades as “Most Popular Female Artist”/”Queen of Pop” in both New Zealand and Australia including an APRA SILVER SCROLL for song writing and BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A and platinum record sales and albums recorded with prominent and inspiring producers. Some of these include John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt), Peter McIan (Men at Work), Alan Mansfield (Dragon). During these sessions many noted guests lent their talents such as Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Randy Meisner, Don Felder (all from the EAGLES), Bill Payne, Karla Bonoff and Tom Scott to name a few. Other highlights include performing her songs at both the Seoul and Tokyo song Festivals.

As a songwriter alone, her songs have been recorded by Dragon, Jimmy Barnes, Robert Palmer and various artists in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. Her most recent co-write was with ROBERT PALMER and ALAN MANSFIELD on what was sadly to be Robert’s last single, “TRUE LOVE”. Performance highlights include sharing the stage with Elton John, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Barnes, Angry Anderson, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Jon Stevens, Leo Sayer, Paul Young and Tony Hadley.

“THIS HEART...THIS SONG”, “SHARON O’NEILL” titled “WORDS” in Australia, “MAYBE”, “SMASH PALACE”, (soundtrack to the movie of the same name), “FOREIGN AFFAIRS”, “DANCED IN THE FIRE”, “EDGE OF WINTER”....also the first single and various tracks on the ABC 0-9 collection of children’s albums, songs on the soundtracks for the movies “STREET HERO”, “COOLANGATTA GOLD” and for the television series’ “SWEET AND SOUR” (penning the Top Ten single of the same name), “DANCING DAZE” and “JUST FRIENDS”.......

Sony Music have recently released a 4-CD package, (four of the above works) and in April 2014...”WORDS the Very best of SHARON O’NEILL” which debuted Top Ten nationally.

Musical Director Alan Mansfield – Biography
Alan is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music (USA) where he studied through 1970-75 gaining his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, specialising in clarinet. In Australia he is best known as keyboard-player and once member of the highly successful rock group DRAGON, but he is also a successful record producer and songwriter. On an international level he has been keyboard-player for the late singer, ROBERT PALMER (‘Simply Irresistible’, ‘Addicted to Love’) since 1979.

It was a world tour as keyboard player with BETTE MIDLER in 1978/79 which created an opportunity for many Australian artists to experience his unique style. Alan enjoyed his Australian ‘stop-over’ so much that Sydney became his alternative international base.
Following that tour saw the beginning of his commitment to Robert Palmer as his main keyboard-player and the start of recording and production with many artists in Australia.
One of these was “DRAGON” for whom he produced the Top 5 singles “RAIN” and “MAGIC” prior to joining the band. In 1993 he toured with English band “UB40” on their world tour which lasted fifteen months during which a highlight was performing a one-off concert with Robert Palmer at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Big Band.

Then it was back to Australia to promote DRAGON’S album, “INCARNATIONS” and also at that time he began writing and recording for Robert Palmer’s album “HONEY”. His most recent writing credit was with Robert and SHARON O’NEILL on what would sadly be Robert’s last single, “TRUE LOVE”. He toured extensively with Robert promoting the single on all major US Talk Shows and Entertainment Programs, (Jay Leno, David Letterman, Martin Short etc....) and the song enjoyed extensive airplay across the USA, Europe and Japan. Most recently, Alan has also been inducted into the ARIA HALL OF FAME along with other members of DRAGON.


(INTERNATIONAL).....Del Shannon (“STREET HERO” movie soundtrack), (AUSTRALIA)...Dragon, Doug Parkinson( with Tommy Emmanuel), Marc Hunter, Sharon O’Neill, Drop Bears, Jenny Morris, John (‘Swanee’) Swan and the ABC 0-9 Project, (collection of children’s albums).


(INTERNATIONAL)....Robert Palmer ,Bette Midler, ‘Beatlemania’ (pit orchestra on BROADWAY), Pat Benetar (Demo sessions), Lowell George (Little Feat), UB40, Joe Beck, Tina Turner (support with Dragon), Jeff Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), Elliot Randall (Steely Dan), Dragon (known as “HUNTER” in Europe)......(AUSTRALIA).... Dragon, Sharon O’Neill, Richard Clapton, Kirk Lorange, Marc Hunter, Renee Geyer,,Jimmy Barnes ,Doug Parkinson, Glen Shorrock, Elton John (support with Dragon), Tim Finn,, Leo Sayer, Tony Hadley (SPANDAU BALLET)and Paul Young.

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