Special Night for Dubai’s Neil Finn Fans

Neil Finn thrilled fans in the United Arab Emirates on stage at the Dubai Tennis Stadium last week “demonstrating why he is regarded as the songwriters’ songwriter”, according to Gulf News senior writer Leslie Wilson Jr.

“The tremendously talented 55-year-old New Zealander was in his element, bewitching the audience both with his musicianship and sense of humour,” Wilson said.

“From the moment the tousle-haired Finn stepped on to stage to belt out an effervescent version of the 1981 Split Enz classic History Never Repeats, the faithful knew they were in for a special night.

“The audience gushed as Finn casually chatted with them and introduced his band, which also comprised his wife Sharon on bass guitar, Alistair Deverick on drums and American Andrew Everding on keyboards and acoustic guitar. Every aspect of his performance was captivating, even the introductions.

“Better Be Home Soon was a tailor-made culmination to an immeasurable great concert that lived up to the hype and delivered on every enduring song.”

Original article by Leslie Wilson Jr, Gulf News, May 17, 2014.

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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

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