A collective of renowned kiwi songwriters and solo artists, tracing lineage to many of NZ’s most loved bands, join forces this spring to bring you The Strange Caravan Tour.
The tour features Bret McKenzie, Age Pryor, Justin Firefly, Nigel Collins and Ben Lemi, whose musical projects include Fly My Pretties, Trinity Roots and Flight of the Conchords to name but a few. This five piece ensemble now congregate to showcase new original songs in intimate live settings across the country this November and December.
Starting as a series of jam sessions between old friends, the group of songsmiths has blossomed from an ad hoc hangout to full musical partnership over the last eighteen months.
Age Pryor explains; ”Justin, Nigel and Bret were getting together to try out tunes, and I joined when I happened to be in Wellington - Justin and I had done the same thing before, in jams that became the Woolshed Sessions album. The multi-talented Ben Lemi was the last to join the group, and turned out to be the missing piece of the evolving jigsaw.”
These 5 musicians will be hitching their wagon and travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand for the very special Strange Caravan tour.
Congress of Animals and Under The Radar presents
The STRANGE CARAVAN Tour
Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords)
Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)
Justin Firefly (Fly My Pretties, Woolshed Sessions)
Nigel Collins (Flight of the Conchords, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra)
Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots, French For Rabbits)
15 Nov Blue Smoke Christchurch
17 & 18 Nov Sherwood Queenstown
23 Nov Haumoana Hall Hawke’s Bay
24 Nov Meow Wellington
29 Nov Totara St Tauranga
30 Nov Hollywood Cinema Auckland
1 Dec Sawmill Leigh
Tickets are on sale now from www.undertheradar.co.nz
Today also marks the release of Justin Firefly Clarke’s single Astral Tumbleweed.
Justin, an expert Wellington based guitarist who has performed all over the world, is associated with acts such as The Woolshed Sessions, Fly My Pretties, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Jess Chambers and the Firefly Orchestra. As well as appearing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and numerous Wellington ensembles, Justin is also a passionate composer.
Astral Tumbleweed was written and produced by Justin, and co-produced by the Congress of Animals; an elusive consortium of studio musicians and performers. Conjuring visions of a galactic road trip, zooming through starry skies, the single takes its inspiration from the notion that ‘the grass is always greener’, with a subtle tip of the hat to childhood hero David Bowie who passed away during the song’s creation. Justin explains; “I had been pondering how reckless humanity is being with what we actually have here right now, and how flimsy the idea of moving to Mars is: the whimsy of such an option seems just so laden with apathy towards our human greed”.
Astral Tumbleweed by Justin Firefly Clarke with Congress of Animals, is out now on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and where all good music can be found.