June 29, 2013

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New Zealand's musical heritage is alive and well and thriving in the hands of Bush Telegraph. Led by the legendary Phil Garland, the group are delighting audiences everywhere with their rollicking, toe-tapping arrangements of Kiwi and Australian music, song and dance.

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The band members combine well, bringing a wealth of talent, experience and superb musicianship to this unique and exciting band, which is eminently suitable entertainment for all manner of occasions. Their irresistible style of music stimulates the senses - setting bodies and feet in motion from the opening bars, so that their singing, teaching and dance-calling performance becomes a most enjoyable and truly memorable experience.

Bush Telegraph have been widely praised and complimented for their efforts in reviving and preserving the social atmosphere and music of the early 'Barn' or 'Woolshed' dances, which were so popular with our early settlers and pioneers. No prior knowledge is required, as all dances are taught and called on the occasion by Phil Garland, an accomplished Dance Caller with some 30 years experience throughout New Zealand and Australia.

In addition to providing the musical backings for Phil's last two recordings, Bush Telegraph have successfully appeared at:

  • Kaikoura Sea Fest
  • Gore Moonshiner's Festival
  • Waipara Wine and Food Festival
  • Auckland Folk Festival
  • Ferrymead Historic Park
  • Akaroa Heritage Festival
  • Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
  • Bards, Ballads & Bulldust Festival.

They are in constant demand for all manner of social occasions throughout the South Island.

BAND MEMBERS

  • Phil Garland - Guitars, Banjo, Vocals & Dance Calling
  • Heather Mitchell - Piano Accordion
  • John Allan - Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Whistles
  • Sue Allan - Piano Accordion
  • Claire Weyland - Fiddle

REVIEWS

'Bush Telegraph gave us a wonderful evening of vernacular balladry, rousing jigs, reels and dance medleys - just the sort of thing to set a ceilidh alight.' Christchurch Star
'This sort of music moves at such an exhilarating pace that it leaves you exhausted. I have no idea how the old-timers were able to dance the night away to such energetic jigs and reels......' Straight Furrow
'Phil Garland and his Bush Band from Christchurch proved to be the life and soul of the party on Saturday night, when they managed to turn the evening into something resembling a shearing shed hop.... The band was not allowed to leave until they had rung out a few hearty encores!' Otago Daily Times
'The Barn Dance was a great success. People came from far and wide to the gathering at Unwin hut. The toe-tapping music had everyone on their feet and participating with great enthusiasm in the dances.' Mount Cook
'The crowning success of the festival was the Barn dance on Saturday night. The Whakapuaka Hall was filled to overflowing as we danced the night away to the exciting music provided by Phil Garland and his Bush Band.' Nelson Evening Mail
'Phil Garland and Bush Telegraph...leaders of the 'colonial barn dancing revival' are helping to keep alive a wholly traditional style of entertainment that offers welcome relief in this modern electronic age.' N.Z. Truth
'Phil Garland and Bush Telegraph are all accomplished musicians with such a high standard of group playing that must make them this country's best Bush Band without a doubt. They are always great to listen and dance to, whatever the occasion.' National Folk Festival

Phil Garland

Address:
1 Wyatt Ave,
Te Aroha,
Waikato 3320

Ph/Fx: +64 7 884 8003
Mob: +64 27 271-8724
phil@philgarland.co.nz


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