Emeralds and Greenstone
- Genre: Band
- Style: Maori-Celtic folk
- Item Tag: blues, celtic, folk, fusion, indigenous, jazz, live band, maori, taonga puoro
Emeralds and Greenstone are a folk fusion band, whose "indigi-folk" blends Maori and Celtic musical instruments and styles into a powerful, evocative musical experience. Traditional songs and chants variously in Maori, English, Irish and Scots Gaelic, are woven into the band's contemporary songwriting voices, coloured with jazz, blues and pop...
"Immaculately presented...this release proves that Celtic and Maori influences can meld together well...a real Kiwi sound...a great South Pacific vibe...pure poetry...great stuff!" - NZ Musician.
"Ethereal...a spellbinding re-working of traditional songs along with their own contemporary offerings...they ooze character, cross-cultural credentials, multi-lingualism and instrumentalism... colourful songs and tunes which transport, enthral and inspire" - The Garden Sessions (UK)
Emeralds & Greenstone's music expresses the essence of Aotearoa. The group began as a themed show created by singers Ariana Tikao and Laura Tomlin for the Montana Christchurch International Jazz Festival in 2006, exploring the song traditions of Maori and Celtic cultures. The show's critical success provided the impetus to continue as a band.
The lineup includes: Ariana Tikao (vocals, taonga puoro/Maori instruments, dulcimer); Laura Tomlin (vocals, keyboard, tinwhistle, flute); Argène Montgomery-Hönger (bodhràn, tinwhistle, ukulele, vocals); Jon Hooker (guitars, ukulele); James Wilkinson (guitar, bass, vocals).
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