Shane Gilchrist

Songs from the heart

Songs from the heart

Los Angeles-based Kiwi singer-songwriter Jackie Bristow's latest country album might be quiet, but it's confident, too, writes Shane Gilchrist.

In the footsteps of medical pioneers

In the footsteps of medical pioneers

A new doctor arrived in Lawrence last week, ending an eight-month period during which the township and surrounding area had been without a permanent medic. Yet, as Shane Gilchrist discovers, the Tuapeka once presented more than a few headaches for its rural practitioners.

New Tricks

New Tricks

Another school year looms. Yet, as Shane Gilchrist discovers, education isn't limited to the young.

Name up there in lights

Name up there in lights

One of the music world's "best-kept secrets'', the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has some illustrious competition at the forthcoming Grammy Awards. Shane Gilchrist reports.

Welcome to our world

Welcome to our world

More than pretty pictures, a collection of postcards provides an intriguing insight into a formative period in New Zealand's history, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Valpy Fulton tells of South’s medical men and their milieu

Valpy Fulton tells of South’s medical men and their milieu

There are gems to be found amid the small print of a book delving deep into the lives and times of early medics of the South, writes Shane Gilchrist. 

Folk at forty

Folk at forty

As a new year looms, Shane Gilchrist toasts the 40th birthday of the Whare Flat Folk Festival, a place where fast picking plays second fiddle to friendship.

Folk gets the blues

Folk gets the blues

When Dunedin bluesman Leo LaDell first performed at the Whare Flat Folk Festival 11 years ago, he played solo, on an acoustic guitar. Over the past decade his level of involvement has steadily grown to the point he is now one of the headline acts at the event's New Year's Eve concert.

Joining the dance

Joining the dance

A Dunedin dance showcase celebrates trust and teamwork as well as individuality, writes Shane Gilchrist.

Uncertain ceremonies

Uncertain ceremonies

 

Fanciful and anachronistic, the work of Dunedin artist Kushana Bush shares traits with that of acclaimed Briton Grayson Perry, writes Shane Gilchrist.