Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


WOMAD 2009 Featured Artist Shona Laing

WOMAD 2009 Featured Artist Shona Laing (NZ)

World of Music Art and Dance 2009

13-15 March


Brooklands Park & TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth

Visit website for more information

Highly distinctive in sound, attention grabbing lyrically, Shona’s work endures and makes listeners stop and think. Since her first breakthrough composition ‘1905’ shot her to national fame as a teenager in 1972 Shona has been writing songs that have become part of the fabric of our lives. As a teenager she collected gold discs, Rata Awards and represented NZ (twice) in the Tokyo World Song Festival before relocating to the UK where, amongst other things, she was a member of Manfred Manns Earth Band.

Skinhead Shona returned from England in the early 80s saturated with the intensity of her experiences. She was in love with drum machines and hard-edged synthesisers. Injustice and abuse of power burned her, they always have.

Following her return to New Zealand Shona released a number of albums, as well as extensively touring Australia (Glad I’m Not A Kennedy was a number nine single there) and the USA.

More recently she has released a new album "Pass the Whisper". Shona says: "Some old songs are revisited including Kennedy and Soviet Snow. Other songs are as old but have only really found their place recently”. It is all played, acoustic guitar-based, with the colour of penny whistle, Northumbrian pipes, bhodran (the Celtic drum), acoustic upright bass, and brushes vocals.

Shona has an extensive catalogue of material that not only spans three decades but also continues to endure, and endures well.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland