What a night. Headed down to the Regent Theatre in Greymouth to play “photographer’s assistant” while Stephen photographed the local students from the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Certificate in Foundation of Sound & Music go through their final live performances as part of their curriculum. This was a great gig for me as I was purely there to keep him company – no assistance required.
What it actually meant was I got to sit back and enjoy the show – and what a show it was. I don’t know why – I mean I was expecting them to be good but these guys were actually better than good – they were great! You could tell they loved what they were doing – which I guess is why they were studying it in the first place……
First up was the gentler acoustic section with two performers – Ikr Duero on guitar and Mae Lathan on vocals. I say gentler section – Mae could certainly belt out a tune with her beautiful voice and amazing control. Ikr was a dab hand on the guitar too. It was fun watching them finding their groove and relaxing and feeling more comfortable with the live performance.
Next up – the band! Again don’t know what I was expecting but this was well beyond my expectations. Let’s just say we’ve paid a lot of money in the past to see well-known international artists live and these guys were better than many of them.
They hit the ground running so to speak with well-known songs and songs that made you want to get up off your seat and dance to. Well ok, so not me, I was happy with my toe tapping but it is always fun watching others on the dance floor having a good time.
Cole Henhem was amazing on lead guitar and vocals – a bright future ahead of him I’d say. Loved watching his passion for what he was doing really shine through. He was certainly at ease on the stage.
Cody Collis was also having a total blast on the drums, rocking out the numbers and totally in his zone.
Then there was Thomas Coombs on base and Ryan Colley vocals and base with Ted Lancaster also on vocals. Ryan and Ted seemed to have a groupie following amongst the audience, particularly Ryan and he was lapping up the attention with a constant smile on his face.
Not to be forgotten were the tutors Dean Thomas and Thomas Coombe (I think!?) – out there ensuring all was running smoothly, helping out on occasions playing the drums, keyboards or base and on occasion even vocals.
Great job guys – both the students and the tutors. You did yourselves proud. It was a great night and I can’t wait until the next live performance.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about exploring the region and supporting any events that may be on. For more information on what might be on when you’re visiting check out the website of Tourism West Coast.