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Rise Above – South Dunedin Benefit Concert

Martin Phillipps A benefit concert was held for the people of South Dunedin who have been badly affected by the recent flooding. The purpose of this was twofold: 1/ To provide an opportunity for community encouragement and support. 2/ To collect funds via a donation at the door of the venue to go in its entirety to the Dunedin City Flood Appeal The concert featured great Dunedin musicians .

  • Martin Phillipps from The Chills
  • The Mentalist Collective
  • Reo
  • Dave Coleclough
  • Robyn Johnston
  • Ronnie Stash
  • Steve King

The MCs  on the night were Damian Newell from The Breeze and Darryl Baser from Baser Social Media Entry was by donation and over $1,100 was collected for the Dunedin Flood Appeal from the approximately 150 people in attendance. The concert was organised with the kind and donated support of volunteers, musicians and performers, with special thanks to the following Supporting organisations

  • Kings High School
  • Baser Social Media
  • The Breeze
  • Reo
  • Southern lights
  • Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers
  • Strawberry Sound
  • Armourguard
  • Office of Clare Curran mp for Dunedin South
  • Dave Coleclough Music
  • Robyn Johnston Music
  • Art House Media
  • Westpac bank

No funds collected went towards any running cost or any organisers of the event or artists featured. Thank you to all those who came to the show and for all those who helped with organisation and publicity. Paul Allen Organiser

More photos on flickr  Here are a few of the photos. Martin Phillipps - The Chills Martin Phillipps from The Chills The Mentalist Collective The Mentalist Collective Ronnie Stash Ronnie Stash Clare Curran mp Dunedin South (Labour) Clare Curran mp Dunedin South (Labour) Steve King Steve King Robyn Johnston Robyn Johnston Dave Coleclough Dave Coleclough Reo Reo

All Photos ©Paul S Allen 2015 All rights reserved 

The Waterside – Paul S Allen – live on stage

Regent 24 Book Sale 9 Sept 2011

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Video from the show

You Called My Name

An old video of a performance of one of my songs at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens in March 1997

You Called My Name
Words and Music ©Paul S Allen 1990 all rights reserved.

Paul S Allen (aka Paulusthebrit)

The Wisdom of the Guitar

I am a guitarist and I play various styles of music from folk to rock to classical. I write my own music too, again in various genres.

(here is an example “Here In This Place” I played all the guitars and the mandolin, sang and looped the drums.  Also, I am a singer/song writer you can find more about me at or buy my music at ).

My Guitars - 1 electric, 2 steel string acoustic guitars one with alternative tuning, a classical guitar and a mandolin.

If I were to just rely on a single guitar which would I choose, and would I be able to play all the music I like.

As I was thinking about this this mirrors life in many ways. so here are some parallels  from the humble guitar.

1. There is more than one type of guitar.

You need to choose the write guitar for the purpose and sound you wish to achieve. The right tools will always make your tasks easier.

2. Make sure the guitar has the right number of strings.

Generally a guitar has 6 or 12 strings but some have 7 and bass guitars have usually 4, 5 or 6. Again the sound that you will make will depend on the number of strings your guitar has.

3. The guitar has to have all of the right components.

A guitar has a number of strings, a head to keep it tuned, a long neck, a body, a bridge to anchor the strings, but without a player the guitar will remain silent.

4.Guitars need the right amount of stress and tension to make a good tone.

We need the right amount of tension and stress in us to shine as a guitar needs tension and stress for it to make music. Too little and the guitar will not sound and too much and the guitar will break.

5. Keep it tuned and replace the stings from time to time.

Nothing worse than the sound of a badly tuned guitar or lifeless flat strings. Have a maintenance programme for yourself and your skills.

6. Unless it is played it will not make a sound.

Use your skills and abilities often.

7. The shape or type of guitar does not determine whether it produces good music, the player does.

Practice, practice, practice.

Paul S Allen

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