Entertainment in Franklin

 Franklin , is a place where we have such a lot of entertainment of all sorts to suit many different tastes

Our own local entertainer, Dennis Marsh and his lovely wife, Yvonne, have a number of friends in the entertainment business. With these connections, Dennis and the team at Tuakau’s La Valla Estate, are able to bring shows to the district on a more personal level.

Larry Morris Band 2The latest show – Larry Morris and the LMB band, was a great evenings entertainment, with songs from the distant past as well as some more up to date numbers.
I don’t know how many will remember Larry’s Rebels or their songs, but in their day,
they were

Universally accepted as a NZ Rock Legend, introduced by former Prime Minister Helen Clark as a true Kiwi Music Icon, Larry’s 45 year singing career has helped shape Kiwi music.

In October 2008 Larry recieved the Variety Artists Club Lifetime Achievement Award, the Scroll of Honour, a prestigious award bestowed on him by his peers.

Larry began singing professionally as a teenager (17) topping the charts with Larry’s Rebels. The band had more consecutive hit records (11) than any other act of that era, before Larry departed. Top Ten hits – This Empty Place, Long Ago Far Away, I Feel Good, Everybody’s Girl, Do What You Gotta Do, It’s Not True, Painter Man, Moreen, & Let’s Think Of Something – became part of Aoteroa’s music landscape.

Shotgun were another great New Zealand band that Larry put together in 1978. Two hit singles were produced, A Taste Of The Devil & Rain (a remake of the Uriah Heep song written by bass player Gary Thain.) Unfortunately Shotgun never recorded a full album although individual songs were recorded at Mascot Studios in Charlotte Street, Mt.Eden.

In 1981 Larry formed his first Larry Morris Band and became resident at Auckland’s Foundry Night Club packing the place for almost two years. Larry continues today with the powerful LMB.

He’s toured Australia the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, wowing crowds in many famous venues.

Larry has toured and supported some of the all-time greats of music and song:

Roy Orbison
David Bowie
Tom Jones
Jimmy Page
The Who
Chuck Berry
Bo Diddley
Fleetwood Mac
The Yardbirds
Max Merrit & The Meteors
Herman’s Hermits
The Small Faces
Olivia Newton-John
John Farnham
Glenn Shorrock
The Walker Brothers
Dave Dee, Dozy, Mick & Titch
The Easybeats
Renee Geyer
Manfred Mann
Billy Thorpe
Brian Cadd
among others;

Locally, Larry has performed with Tommy Adderley, Gray Bartlett, Chris Fox, Mike Walker, Wiremu Karatiana, Frank Gibson Jnr, Les Still, Roger Sellers, Brian Smith, Martin Winch, Carl Doy, Merv Thomas, Bernie Allen, Wayne Senior, Murray Tanner, NZSO, Auckland Phillharmonic, Dalvanius Prime, Lou Pryme, Max Cryer, Dave Dobbyn, Tommy Ferguson, The Brew, Alan Wade, Jim Ford, The Dallas Four, Dody Potter, John Kristian, The NZ Party Boys, Rob Paterson, Richard Anaru, Ernie Semu, Mickey Ututaonga, Marc Hunter, Mark Williams, Suzanne Lynch, Annie Crummer, Steve Gilpin, Johnny Devlin, Howard Morrison, Ray Columbus, Shane, John Rowles, Margaret Urlich, Tom Sharplin, Ritchie Pickett, Steve Larkins, DerynTrainer, Dan Morley, Leyton Greening, Michael Tan, Gordon Joll, Ian Jeffries, Paul Voight, Jimmy Hill, Chet O’Connell, Brendon Ham, Joseph Anderson, Inga Cossey, Taisha, Tina Cross, Craig Scott, Bunny Walters, Gabriel Karcagi, Marina Danilova, Robyn Alexander, Edwina Thorne, Tuhi Timoti, Tich Walsh, Bruce & Dean Kerr, Rusty Greaves, Bruce Greaves, Kevin Greaves,
The Waltons, Brian Hatcher, Pete MacGregor, Rufus Rehu, Johnny Watson and many more.

Franklin has the music!!

Here in Franklin, we have such a wonderful number of places to be able to hear a huge diversity of music – from the 60’s pop to the current classical and all sorts in between. You really don’t need to go anywhere else!

If you are into the covers band, Disolve, they are playing in Drury in July(4th) and August (check out our What’s On page!)
Then we have that great NZ singer, Anika Moa and her support act, Benny Tipene – 10th July.

Anika Moa

A North Island road-trip is just what Anika Moa needs now that she has moved back to her southern roots. And all those twice-as-nice communities, normally by-passed by musicians in favour of the cities, seem like great places to stop.
From Keri-Keri to Nae-Nae, Moa and support act Benny Tipene will play the More FM ‘So Good They named It Twice’ tour in July. The nine shows run from July 3 – 19, with the tour bus calling in to Mimi, Kihikihi, Matamata, Ramarama, Hora Hora, Poroporo and Katikati. The venues are where townsfolk meet – the community centre, town halls, sports centres. Shows are all-ages excepting Mimi.
The much-loved Anika Moa will bring a fresh batch of songs alongside favourites and her trademark on-stage banter. “I have new songs of heartache, new jokes, an easy on the eye support act. I’m looking forward to playing previously unvisited towns” says Moa. Her first baby album ‘Songs for Bubbas‘ has been a resounding success and Moa recently finished filming the TV series ‘Songs From The Inside’, in which she tutored inmates of Auckland Women’s Prison.
Songwriter/musician Benny Tipene may not have taken the winning title on X-Factor New Zealand but that hasn’t stopped his momentum. He has platinum and gold awards for his first two singles, his third single and EP are in the charts and an album is due in September.
His summer was spent performing at Rhythm and Vines, Parachute, Homegrown festivals and holiday hotspots and this is his first tour.

If Scottish music is your thing, then head along to Karaka for a Ceilidh and enjoy a night of Scottish dancing, pipe bands, highland dancing, whisky toss and the famous haggis! Ceilidh

We also have Crossroads – an experienced classic rock/pop covers duo playing here in July and Jason Bae “An imperturbable soloist…” — The New Zealand Herald ……

and in early August – The Searchers!!The Searchers at Preston Guild Hall Theatre, 16th March 2010

The Searchers are one of the most influential ‘Merseybeat’ groups from Liverpool, second only to ‘The Fab Four’ in terms of worldwide fame and popularity. Formed in 1959 as a ‘Skiffle’ group by guitarist John McNally, the band tread a similar path to The Beatles performing as part of The Merseybeat scene at Cavern Club, heading to Hamburg for a residency at The Star Club before they signed a deal with Pye Records to release their first album ‘Meet The Searchers’ in 1963. The album went to No. 2, ‘Sweets for my sweet’ got to No. 1 but when the band hit it big in the U.S. with the song ‘Needles and Pins’ 50 years ago in March 1964, they became a world famous band everywhere including New Zealand. The band has never split up and has continued to tour ever since.
In 2013 The Searchers returned to New Zealand for the first time in some years on a 60’s music extravaganza with Gerry & The Pacemakers and their outstanding shows reminded fans of this legendary sixties group, just how important they are in the history of pop music. Now they’re back on their own to give fans what they want; a full two-hour show of nothing but The Searchers ‘Greatest Hits’.
The show boasts all of The Searchers Greatest Hits plus some of the greatest 60’s pop tunes ever recorded by the bands 60’s music contemporaries.

Check out our What’s On page for info on our up and coming events…..pick a date, stay the night or weekend at one of our great accommodation providers and ENJOY!!
Tuakau Hotel pic