Ramon Oza
Paul Brady
Marnie Hunter
Antony 'Maddog' Maddock
Caz Woodcock
Gary Allen
Susan colien-Reid
Dean Murray
Aden McKay
Tony Hillyard
Joseph Amstad
Peter Baillie
Hinemoana Baker
Danilo Blazer
Ged Bird
Karen Clarke
Captain Dazzle
Stu Dunn
Hal Eaton
Nigel Parry
Bos O'Sullivan
Tyree Robertson
Tracey Haskell
Al Witham
Craig Talbot
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2007 - Karen Clarke


Karen Clarke . singer (long time) /songwriter (short time!) / performer based in the creative enclave of Raumati South on the Kapiti Coast. Vocals and guitar.
Description of music

Karen's solo performance is an easy listening blend of contemporary blues to acoustic folk and swing jazz. The locals will tell you that this gal oozes attitude and sunshine - her songs are written from a sensitive eye on life and served warm and gutsy.!

Karen's original music reflects her love of song, rhythm, and soul. She's very definitely a kiwi sound and you'll remember you've met!

Who/What have been your main musical influences ?

All the great women of jazz from Ella to Eva and more besides. Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones and India Arie all speak alongside NZ musical sheroes Mahinaarangi Tocker and Whirimako Black. Karen has a great love of Capella styles - Barbershop, karanga, patere, celtic chants to boot.
Performing in a range of ensembles recently with other coasties (that's Kapiti coasties of course) like sax legend Roger Rangitawa, hot and even hotter percussionist Mabeth Ciurans, strings mana Nigel parry and the sweet B.V's of Troy Hunt over top of his grunty guitar work all make for huge possibilities.

Your greatest musical moment?

Getting absolutely and divinely transported direct to a capella heaven in the stone tower at the Mana Retreat Centre (Coromandel) during a Tony Backhouse gospel singing weekend .. ALMOST better than sex! This is a must do for all vocalists xxxxxxx. Guaranteed to rearrange your cells.

Your musical dream?
Living it now actually. Writing original music that fulfils me and is affirmed by other musicians and discerning audiences
Your best recent listen?

Two live catches if I can:

1. Dougal Spier playing so fine and righteous blues guitar at the Judgeford Jam - it knocks me around for about 3 weeks every time I see Dougal play . count that mans fingers!!
2. Luke Hurley live at Lembas Café just recently - so fresh and free.

Your thoughts about the Kapiti Live Music Club?
The whole live music scene in Kapiti is developing and maturing - it's a very rich time. KLCM continues to offer a supportive gathering point and performing opportunities for many.
Contact Details.
Tel (0274) 421 632 or karen@karenclarke.co.nz

Link to Karen's website here.