Monday, 8 October 2007

Team New Zealand Band to go On Tour

by Anne Hinton

Team New Zealand afterguard member and bass guitar player, Ray Davies revealed recently that the Team New Zealand band wants to go and tour Northland, the region of New Zealand north of Auckland, when the sailors return home. “We want to play in a few of the pubs around Northland”, said Ray.

“We’ll play a few songs that people can sing along to; a few good old Kiwi songs, U2, and so on. I’m not very good, though”, said Ray, modestly. “Trae’s a natural [lead singer Tony Rae]. Trae’s family is quite musical. Mine aren’t at all! Trae’s a very good singer. The band’s a lot of fun.” See a profile of Ray Davies in Boating New Zealand this month for a background to his sailing and music playing.

Sailing journalist turned music critic, Tim Jeffery gave the band quite a write-up in Valencia, commenting that Trae has “a hell of a voice”. The Team New Zealand band performances should be well worth going along to.

However, the timing of the tour is still up in the air. “I’m not sure when we’re going to fit it in”, said Trae. Many of the Team New Zealand sailors are tied up with sailing and family commitments. Some have just finished sailing on the European TP52 circuit, others are on to the RC44s this week, and several will be sailing Farr 40s in Florida next month. While the sailing is in full swing, the band members practice informally, jamming on acoustic guitars.

Trae and guitar in France

Note: The band is not an official part of Team New Zealand. It is organised on an ad hoc basis by team members themselves.

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