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A farewell to Nana Holland

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This week's column comes in two sections; there is no segue.

The reason is that I've spent the week listening to one of the most remarkable local music projects I've heard in some time. It comes from Eugene O'Reilly, once to be found working at Bay MusicWorks and playing guitar and singing in various Tauranga bands.

A few years back Eugene decamped to a small hall between Matamata and Te Aroha. And he's been working on Volume 1 of The Hallstars, a first collection of his original songs, recorded by Eugene and a cast of thousands, many of them from the Tauranga music scene.

The album, complete with songbook he has emerged with, is simply astounding, absolutely international quality, and dammit I still can't get the first song out of my head, which after three days is getting a bit irritating.

And Eugene is coming to town. Next Saturday he will be based at MusicWorks Tauranga, 132 Devonport Rd from 12.00 –........

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