We are proud to announce the 14-strong cast who will be taking the stage in August to perform String Theory, our brand new concept and show! Fly My Pretties have assembled a collection of some of New Zealand’s most exciting new musical talent, along with some FMP favourites to bring String Theory to life.
The 14-strong cast for String Theory will see Barnaby Weir joined by returning members Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle & Ryan Prebble (The Nudge), Jarney Murphy & Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds), Mike Fabulous (Lord Echo), and Ria Hall. String Theory will also mark the first time Bailey Wiley, Laughton Kora and Tiki Taane will take part in an FMP album recording, and entering the fold for the first time are three of New Zealand's fastest-rising vocal talents - A Girl Named Mo, Ills Winter, and Miloux.
A Girl Named Mo
Iraia Whakamoe (The Nudge)
James Coyle (The Nudge)
Jarney Murphy (The Black Seeds)
Mike Fabulous (Lord Echo)
Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds)
Ryan Prebble (The Nudge)
Two shows have already sold out for the String Theory run of shows, which will be filmed and recorded live to make up Fly My Pretties’ sixth album! String Theory will see each cast member exploring their own existence through time and space with their own unique stories for the first time since 2013’s The Homeland Recordings.
Listen to a String Theory Cast Sampler Playlist –
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Fly My Pretties – String Theory:
Mercury Theatre Auckland:
Friday 12th August – Evening Show
Saturday 13th August – Matinee & Evening Show
Paramount Theatre Wellington:
Thursday 18th August – Evening Show
Friday 19th August – Evening Show SOLD OUT
Saturday 20th August – Matinee Show
Saturday 20th August – Evening Show SOLD OUT
All ticketing info at Eventfinda.co.nz.
NEW FLY MY PRETTIES CAST MEMBERS
Appearing as part of FMP for several runs, String Theory will mark Bailey Wiley’s first appearance on an FMP album. Bailey Wiley filters neo-soul classicism through modern, righteous and true live musicianship, the star of the show, her golden voice – both effortless and organic. 2016 has seen her release the S.O.M.M. EP, which has further cemented her as the new face of the neo-soul genre in New Zealand.
A Girl Named Mo
A Girl Named Mo is the musical stage name of Moana Ete, a fast rising talent in the Wellington scene. Well-known not only for her musical ability but also her acting skills, Ete is also a graduate of the Toi Whakaari school and an accomplished playwright and director. The debut single ‘Who They Say You Are’ was released in late 2015, and successful across student radio. 2016 will see A Girl Named Mo release a live album to cap off a busy year.
Ills Winter is the latest project of Elizabeth de la Rey – singer, instrumentalist and prolific songwriter. Between genres, her songs shimmer with the psychedelic, the dreamy and the divine. Alongside her long-time musical partner Emile de la Rey, she led the indie electronic project Porcelaintoy, who sold out theatres in Wellington with their extravagant album release show Contrite Elegant Rebel in 2013. Elizabeth currently performs as Ills Winter, whose cinematic art-grunge has been making waves since releasing their debut album Duchess of Whispers earlier this year.
String Theory will mark the first appearance of longtime FMP family member Laughton Kora on an album. Laughton Kora has been playing music since the age of 6, appearing on stage as part of his father’s band until 17 years old, and then winning Smoke Free Rock Quest with the band Aunty Beatrice. Laughton has since performed with his band Kora all over the world, and most recently as part of L.A.B., and performing alongside the likes of Kinetic, Team Dynamite, and many others.
Whether it’s with a full band in tow or a solo intimate set, Miloux has been constantly lauded for her vocal virtuosity, layered synthesiser instrumentation, and her passion for experimentation within the live and recorded music sphere. April 2016 saw the release of EP1, Miloux’s first round of pop musings surrounded by electronic compositions. For a country already so rich in female vocalists, Miloux is one which stands on her own away from the pack.
After a guest-performance on the Live at the Isaac Theatre Royal EP, Tiki Taane returns as a fully-fledged FMP cast member for String Theory. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces, Tiki’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced first-hand. Tiki’s self-produced debut solo release ‘Past Present Future’ achieved double platinum sales and a number of NZ Music Awards. His acoustic love ballad ‘Always On My Mind’ rose to number one, sat in the charts for a record 55 weeks, and was also the first-ever digital single to achieve platinum sales.
RETURNING CAST MEMBERS
‘Leader and co-founder of Fly My Pretties’ is one of many hats donned by the enigmatic, Barnaby Weir. Anything but idle, Barnaby has also established himself as a successful solo musician in the past few years - all the while juggling his duties as front man for The Black Seeds. 2016 has already seen Barnaby tour with The Black Seeds to Brazil and Canada, and all the while prepping String Theory.
The dart master Iraia Whakamoe is best known as one third of swamp-stomping blues trio, The Nudge. Iraia has a burgeoning reputation for his savage drumming style, innate ability to keep a beat and intuitive knack at creating space and feeling within his rhythms. A key member of the engine room since album IV, Iraia will bring the spaced-out Nudge along with band mates James Coyle & Ryan Prebble.
James Coyle aka Reverend Black Keys is an accomplished musician who performs the Piano Bass and Organ simultaneously for psychedelic blues three piece The Nudge. James’ last appearance for FMP was as a keys player on IV. An ardent reggae fan, he established reggae orchestra Newtown Rocksteady in 2007 and continues to play the organ bubble for the group.
The man with the rhythm sticks, Jarney Murphy has kept the beat with The Black Seeds since 2004 and been a key member of the FMP backbone since he drummed on The Return Of… tour in 2006. Keeping things fresh, the energetic drummer can also be found knocking out grooves in his side project About The Deadlines – a Wellington four-piece inspired by blues and psychedelic rock.
Multi-tasker Mike Fabulous is a pivotal member of FMP, having played in every incarnation to date. Impressively, he is a formidable guitarist, bassist, DJ and producer. Under the space-bending alias Lord Echo, he has been flexing his dual-mastery of 60's production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics for over a decade. 2016 will see the much anticipated release of the third Lord Echo album, following on from the successes of Melodies and Curiousities.
Nigel Patterson is a Wellington-based pianist, organist, composer and the keyboardist for The Black Seeds. Nigel is a purveyor of vintage instruments and has a contemporary all-original composition jazz quartet under The Nigel Patterson Quartet, who just released a new album. Also a key part of the FMP engine-room, Nigel has appeared in every FMP incarnation since A Story.
With the release of her debut self-titled EP, Ria Hall became a blazing new female force on the NZ music scene. Winning awards and critical acclaim, her sound fused furious hip hop beats and richly layered vocals in English and Māori, creating an epic soundscape that embraced and challenged multiple genres. A key cast member since The Homeland Recordings, Ria is in the midst of creating new music with an urban yet distinctively Māori flare with an album due for release in 2017.
Ryan Prebble has beguiled audiences the world over with his stonking guitar rhythms and powerful gravelly voice, which is at times a gentle moan, at times a growl. A seasoned musician, Ryan has been a part of the FMP engine room since A Story, performed as a solo artist, plus is currently the singer and guitarist in two bands - Wellington blues-rock trio, The Nudge and psychedelic rockers, Spartacus R.
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