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“Sing Me A Song” House Concert – Friday 21 September 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. $15 including supper.


This September acclaimed Australian duo Neil Adam and Judy Turner will bring their show “Sing Me A Song” to New Zealand. Audiences will experience the wit and wisdom, the adventures and heartbreaks of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and much more. You’ll travel with him from Scotland to California, then across the Pacific to his final home in Samoa. “Sing Me A Song” is a beautifully engaging performance, full of fascinating information about the life of RLS, delivered in words, music, and images. Neil’s settings of RLS’s words are delightfully lively and melodious. The performance is a joy, as if we’ve been invited into a welcoming sitting room. The audience is informed and entertained in equal measure.”

The life of Robert Louis Stevenson continues to fascinate people across the world, and none more so than acclaimed Australian musical duo Neil Adam (vocals/guitar) and his partner Judy Turner (violin/narration) who will be touring New Zealand and Samoa this September, bringing their delightful show on RLS to audiences from Dunedin to Apia.

The Stevenson’s family company consulted to the New Zealand Government to develop some of the earliest lighthouses here in New Zealand, including Taiaroa Head Lighthouse 30km east of Dunedin, the Dog Island Lighthouse south of Invercargill, Farewell Spit Lighthouse north of Nelson and the Bean Rock Lighthouse in Auckland harbour

“The show grew out of my lifelong love of the stories of Louis Stevenson,” says Neil Adam, “and a realisation that his poetry really tells the story of his short adventurous life. We’ve set a dozen of these poems to music and present the biographical show with excerpts from his hilarious letters, illustrated throughout by his own photography.”

Adam and Turner have presented the show “Sing Me A Song” all around Australia, and a few years back were invited to bring it to the Scottish International Storytelling festival. Festival Director, Donald Smith, said:

“The musical settings to Stevenson’s lyrics are beautiful. We received nothing but great feedback from our own audiences and from their outreach tour through the libraries in the west of Scotland. Neil and Judy’s performances at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh were a great evening’s entertainment, accomplished musicianship coupled with a genuine affection for the man and his writing.”

“We had the most wonderful evening in the company of Judy and Neil. Their love and passion for RLS is so warm and genuine and their thoughtful and unique presentation of the life of RLS, told through images, songs, prose and poetry, is absolutely mesmerising.

“I can’t recommend the RLS show highly enough – it is a huge hit with audiences across the globe. The recent performance in Benbecula included lovers of books, lovers of music and lovers of both. This is high quality acoustic music accompanied by informative and charming narrative providing great fun and enjoyment for all.

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