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The Bilders, Auckland

Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Whammy Bar


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The Bilders are different lineups of musicians doing spoken word/song collaborations, led by musician/author/poet Bill Direen. They are known for spontaneous music making and a live recording style that has produced “many genuine classic compositions”. [Dix, John (1988), Stranded in Paradise].

Direen has garnered a passionate following in his homeland for his eclectic recording and captivating live shows. Resident mainly in France, his New Zealand shows are a rare treat.

Constant since 2010 are Stuart Page (drums) & Rick And (bv/media), with guest bassists Peter Scott Brett Cross, Mick Elborado and long-timer Mr. G Bainbridge. Other groups are a momentary Melbourne band of Barry Stockley, Jess McCann and Tama Stockley and Wellington collective Ferocious (chiefly Jo Contag/Mark Williams with spoken word by Bill Direen).

Direen’s material has been released on small specialist labels such as Unwucht (Augsburg, Germany), Siltbreeze (Philadelphia, USA), Onec (Plymouth, GB), and NZ labels Onset Offset, South Indies, Powertool and Flying Nun. Some material has been released on EMI and Warner Bros.

New Zealand and Australian tour dates:

Wednesday, December 19th, 2102. Music, readings & videos. Bill Direen with Stu Page of The Axemen and Auckland friends. Venue is WHAMMY BAR, Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

MELBOURNE (Thornbury)
Sunday, January 13th. Venue is TAGO MAGO. 4pm. With Barry Stockley (bass), Jess McCann (accordion), Tama Stockley (dr).

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013. Music and readings. Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado. Venue is DARK ROOM, St Asaph St, Christchurch.

Friday, January 18th, 2013. Music and launch of Percutio magazine 2013. Readings & acts by contributors to Percutio 2013, followed by music by Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado. Venue is TASTE MERCHANTS, Dunedin.

Saturday, January 19th. 2013. Readings & acts to be announced; music by Bill Direen with Stuart Page and Mick Elborado). Venue is TASTE MERCHANTS, Dunedin.


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