22 Gigs in 36 Days, this is what 5 weeks on the road in NZ looked like:
22 & 23 Dec Belgian Bar Rotorua very small concerts. I got over my nerves & new gear.
Sat 28 Dec Hope Centre Levin productive outreach style concert, encouraging crowd.
New years eve RSA Nelson. Hard gig due to hundreds of people talking. Went okay.
Sun 5 Jan Hope Rolleston Lead full service, low key event, saw friends & family.
Mon 6 Jan Rolleston Prison Absolutely amazing, best part of the tour: 4 shows in 1 day. 2x 1 hour shows and 2 x 45 min shows in 4 different units.
Prisoners appeared moved, half the prison turned out (other half were out at work).
They blessed me with prayer, waiata, fresh organic fruit and veges they had grown & one guy gave me a song he wrote.
Prisoners spoke to me in each area and said how it was very touching and enjoyable and asked if I would come back, they were very reverent and respectful.
The chaplains were great roadies, recommending me in writing to every prison in NZ.
Sat 11 Jan Timaru RSA 3 supporters from Otago came to be my band. Tough crowd.
Sun 12 Jan Dunedin Caversham Baptist Lead the local band, renewed connections.
13, 14, 15, 17 Jan 4 Holiday park concerts: Alexandra, Cromwell, Arrowtown & Geraldine farmyard, interesting and fun adventures at all of these. 1 gig a day, intense!
16, 18, 19 Jan, 3 Pubs Twizel Shawty's bar & cafe, Hokitika Stumpers Bar & cafe, Murchison Commercial Hotel, good response at all these, open doors to return.
Sun 19 Jan Greymouth Baptist full combined service with locals, met lovely people, made new contacts, album sales and they looked after us well.
23 & 24 Jan Wanganui Grand Hotel High profilecharity fundraiser event, alongside guest speaker, I spoke and played feature songs & dinner music, high CDs sales, return invites from RSA Wanganui, Anglican churches, and Grand Hotel owner Neville (a top bloke).
25,26 Jan Hawera Highway Church outreach evening concert & full service, good crowd interaction and participation, renewed relationships.