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String Wizardry Tour

  • 06 Sep 2015
  • 27 Sep 2015
  • Various
 Look out for Helen Webby and Davy Stuart, touring as String Wizardry for Arts On Tour NZ in September. Their program includes traditional Irish music, songs with a Scottish accent and some surprises along the way. Do check the Arts On Tour website for details:  www.aotnz.co.nz

Press Release is below, and poster attached (click the blue link here to download)


For immediate release

STRING WIZARDRY- Helen Webby and Davy Stuart AOTNZ Tour Sep 2015


They’re AOTZNZ favourites, equally at home in a concert hall or a shed. With the rapport that comes from over a decade of working together, harpist Helen Webby and guitar /bouzouki player Davy Stuart perform everything from the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland to contemporary compositions from New Zealand and around the world.

Helen plays a 34 string lever harp made by her brother Kim Webby and, sometimes while travelling, a 30 string carbon fibre harp made by Davy. Well-known as an instrument maker as well as a musician, Davy takes his own six string steel guitar and eight string guitar/bouzouki on tour.

“These two musicians have worked together for years and it shows. …The guitar and harp come together beautifully in these lovely Celtic tunes….There is a joyous sense of originality even in the well-known melodies….”Carolyn Mills, NZ Symphony Orchestra


“…one of the most special concerts I have seen in a long while….Helen and Davy are fine examples of the high standard of talent that exists in NZ…” Andrew Bicknell

For more information contact:

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 03 355 2691, 021 126 5738, dhmoir@xtra.co.nz

Steve Thomas, Arts On Tour NZ Trust, aotnz@xtra.co.nz  www.aotnz.co.nz

helenwebby@gmail.com 021 664 344, peacock@stuart.co.nz, www.stuart.co.nz/webby-stuart


“The Peacock’s Dance” 2001

“The Golden Strand” 2010

Helen Webby

Helen Webby studied music in Auckland, Holland and Germany, winning numerous scholarships from the Netherlands Government, the German Academic Exchange Service, Creative NZ, and the NZSO Alex Lindsay Trust. Alongside her role with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO), she performs with the NZ Symphony Orchestra and is a recording artist for Radio New Zealand. Throughout, Helen has maintained an interest in the Celtic harp, winning a prize at the 1990 International Carolan Harp Competition (Ireland). In 2008, Helen and Davy Stuart collaborated with New Zealand composers Gareth Farr and Chris Cree-Brown to tour a programme of new works and traditional music for Chamber Music NZ.

Davy Stuart

Historian by training, but musician and luthier by inclination, Davy Stuart has toured with Helen Webby since 2002. Brought up in Edinburgh, he came into contact with the thriving folk music revival of the 1970s at university, touring throughout Scotland, England and Europe. Moving to New Zealand in 1989, he turned his instrument-making vocation into a profession, while continuing to perform on his own and with others throughout Australasia. His instruments are owned by many well-known musicians including Irish performer, Christy Moore and Andy Irvine. Stuart instruments can be found in the UK, North and South America, throughout Europe, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.


Sunday 6 September 2pm Balcairn

Mike Greer Homes Concert Series

Balcairn Public Hall

$25 incl afternoon tea.

Book: Sally Mac’s Amberley, Sefton Garage, Stan’s 7 Day Pharmacy Rangiora

Wednesday, 9th Sept. Southbridge

7.30pm House Concert at 12 O'Connell St, Southbridge 

contact Dave Lloyd  03 3242884

Tuesday 8 September 7.30pm Ashburton

Ashburton Trust Event Centre

$25 Book: www.ticketdirect.co.nz or Event Centre box office

Friday 11 September 7.30pm Twizel

The Musterers Hut

$20 adult, $10 student

Book: Mackenzie Lotto Plus and Twizel Information Centre

Saturday 12 September 7.30pm Cromwell

St Andrews Anglican Church

Adult $25, SuperGold $20, Student/child $5

Book: Cromwell i-Site

Sunday 13 September 5.30pm Gore

Eastern Southland Gallery

$25 (concessions available)

Book: Eastern Southland Gallery

Monday 14th September 7.30pm Owaka

Owaka Community Memorial Centre

Price:     Adults $25, Students $10 door sales

Tuesday 15th Sept; 8:00 p.m. Cordona Valley

Historic Cardrona Hall, Cardrona Valley.   

Tickets $20 available in advance from Martin Curtis - phone 03 4438152 or at the door.

Thursday 17 September 7.30pm Hokitika

Old Lodge Theatre

Revell St

$20, students $12

Book: Hokitika Regent Theatre

Friday 18 September 7.30pm Reefton

Union Church

Shiel St

Adult $20, students $10, family $50

Book: 03 732 8542 or 03 732 8111

Saturday 19 September 8pm Onekaka

Mussel Inn

Book: Mussel Inn

Sunday 20 September Nelson

Fairfield House

Tickets $15 at door. Contact Libby 03 5449348

Tuesday 22 September 7pm Opotiki

Hiona Saint Stephens Church

$16 Book: Travel shop or door sales

Thursday 24 September 7.30pm Kauaeranga

Kauaeranga Hall

$20, pre-book $18

Book: Lotus Realm 214 Pollen St, or


Txt 021912993 or Facebook

Friday 25 September Coromandel

Saturday 26 September 7.30pm Wanganui

Royal Wanganui Opera House

Adult $25, Senior $23, FOH $20, Student $15

Special rates for school groups

Book: Opera House or www.royaloperahouse.co.nz

Sunday 27 September 7pm New Plymouth

4th Wall Theatre

$25 Book: www.4thwalltheatre.co.nz

About  Arts On Tour New Zealand

Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand, support from Interislander, and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the other way around. "

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