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Madcap Mexican music from Carnivorous Plant Society

Expect a multi media production! Band leader/multi-instrumentalist/genius Finn Scholes has penned custom-made animation as a backdrop to this highly acclaimed band’s performance of Mexican fantasy music. Yes, Mexican fantasy music, performed on a plethora of instruments by Finn and Tam Scholes, Alistair Deverick and Oliver Emmitt.

"Wonderful!" - John Campbell, Radio NZ
“The soundtrack to the sepia-toned, sun-washed short film of your dreams... as you would expect from a collective of such talented individuals, the musical genius at play is hard to ignore” - The New Zealand Herald
“They make a fantastic sound... Full of robot bartenders, scary sand-creatures in the desert. There’s a man with a spare face growing out of his shoulder which is a bit alarming… It’s fantastic!” - Grant Smithies
“Some serious instrument playing going on!” - Kathryn Ryan, Radio NZ

Finn Scholes - Band-leader Finn Scholes plays almost every instrument under the sun. He has performed with countless top acts including Neil Finn, Katchafire, Avalanche City, Tiny Ruins and Hopetoun Brown. His compositions have been used in settings such as the NZ International Film Festival and his animations have been used by bands such as Hopetoun Brown.

Tam Scholes - Tam is widely considered one of NZ's most original guitar players. Drawing influence from guitarists such as Bill Frisell and Tommy Emmanuel, Tam is also the frontman of his own country-calypso trio: Archie.

Alistair Deverick - Multi-talented Alistair Deverick has produced the band's recordings and performs with bands such as Neil Finn, Lawrence Arabia and Anika Moa.

Oliver Emmitt currently lives in Amsterdam, but has been shipped over expressly for this show. He plays trombone, bass and sings professionally with a number of groups. His own band 'Our Blessed Gertrude' displays his amazing musicianship and personality.

Wednesday 3 July 7:30pm Kauaeranga
Kauaeranga Hall
$22 door sales; $20 pre-Book: email:
txt: 021912993; Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames

Thursday 4 July 7:30pm Paeroa
The Refinery
$20 Book: Eventfinda or at venue

Friday 5 July 7:30pm Hamilton
The Meteor Theatre
GA $22.50; Conc $17.50 Book:

Saturday 6 July 7.30pm Opotiki
Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall
$20 Book: Purchase Tickets at the library or online at
Presented by Opotiki District Library

Tuesday 9 July 7:00pm Opunake
Everybody’s Theatre, Doors open at 6.30pm - show starts at 7.00pm.
$10 Adults, $5 kids/students (under 18) Book: Opunake Library Plus OR South Taranaki i-SITE (phone credit card bookings only)

Wednesday 10 July 7:30pm New Plymouth
4th Wall Theatre
$25.00 Book:

Friday 12 July 8:00pm Mapua
The Playhouse Theatre
$20 Book: The Playhouse and Eventfinda

Saturday 13 July 8:00pm Mussel Inn
The Mussel Inn
$15 Book: On the door

Monday 15 July 7:00pm Lincoln
The Laboratory, Doors open at 5.30pm for dining, show begins at 7.00pm
$20 ($25 door sales) Book: Over the bar or phone 3253006

Wednesday 17 July 7:30pm Geraldine
Crown Heritage Hotel, Talbot Street, Geraldine
$20 Book: Louk Clothing (No Eftpos), Talbot St. Tel: 03 693 9070

Friday 19 July 7:30pm Cromwell
The Conference Centre, The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue, Cromwell
Adults $25; SuperGold $20; Student/Child $5 Book: All Central Otago District iSites or on line at

Saturday 20 July 9:30pm Queenstown
Sherwood, Queenstown
$25 Book:

Sunday 21 July Invercargill

Tuesday 23 July 2019 7:30pm Gore
Eastern Southland Gallery
$30 Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

Wednesday 24 July 7:30pm Oamaru
Ink Box Theatre, Oamaru Opera House
$25.00 plus fees Book:

Thursday 25 July 7:30pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
‘Open Hat’ NO CHARGE prior to the event Book: no pre-booking

Friday 26 July 8:00pm Balcairn
Balcairn Public Hall
$25 Book: Sally Mac's Amberley; Stan's 7 Day Pharmacy, Rangiora; Sefton Garage, Sefton;
Mumma T's, Amberley

Saturday 27 July 7.30pm Picton
Picton Little Theatre
$25.00 Book: Take Note, Picton and Alyssums, Blenheim

Tuesday 30 July 7:30pm Waipawa
CHB Municipal Theatre
$25 Book:

Wednesday 31 July Coromandel

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.

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