24th February 2013, 7.30 pm
The Manuka Hunnies blend the strong with the sweet - Sweet and edgy vocals, spirited and inventive fingerstyle and slide guitar, strong original compositions and fresh interpretations of stylistic covers, tastefully blended with subtle percussion.
Originally conceptualized in 2010, as an all-female collective of musicians, founding lead members Susan L. Grant (an award winning finger-style guitarist/composer) and Lynette Diaz (an award winning singer-songwriter), are the roots of this free-flowing creation.
Once again, 2013, begins with Susan and Lynette at their fundamental core, collaborating as a duo on original and fresh material within the Alt-folk/Alt- Country/Americana styles.
Susan L. Grant has a love of "all strings acoustic". Born in New Zealand she has performed at many National festivals, as an accompanist and instrumentalist. Most recently, she has ventured into the world of slide guitar and has developed some unique fingerstyle/slide guitar techniques. Susan is also an accomplished composer/arranger and is in the process of recording an EP of contemporary original instrumentals. In 2011, Susan took home an instrumental prize from the NZ Gold Guitar Awards.
American-born/Naturalized Kiwi, Lynette Diaz, is an internationally recognized singer-songwriter with a voice and style that evokes flashes of female folk singers of the 60's, while writing contemporary themes of universal love and dignity. She released her debut Cd, 'Lyrics In My Head', in 2008 and contributed an original song to the 2010 'Merging Landscape' compilation. In 2012 she released a cover version of the Neil Diamond classic, 'Play Me' to an international audience, and the collaboration, 'Angel', with the late singer- songwriter, Pete Love. Currently, Lynette is working on her next full length Cd of original material, with a projected release date of mid-2013.
With over three years of collaborative performance under their belt, the Manuka Hunnies bring with them new material, a plethora of experience, a sense of playfulness and a desire to connect and entertain an audience with their heart-driven approach to music.
February 2013 will mark the first return performance to the Christchurch Folk Music Club since 2011.
You can find out more about the Manuka Hunnies at: www.reverbnation.com/manukahunnies and www.facebook.com/manukahunnies