Julie Lamb

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Chances are if you’re involved in the Wellington music scene you’ve met Julie Lamb. During her 15 year music career the award winning, charting musician has written, performed and recorded original music; formed and promoted bands and choirs; and organised and directed multi-band music events. She’s even the Treasurer of the Capital Blues Club, Aro Creative and the Wellington Jazz Orchestra . In her down time you’ll find her in the crowd supporting other musicians.

Julie has written and recorded three acclaimed albums – Most and Least (2008); Trippin’ the Light (2012); and When we Hang Out (2014) which debuted at number 10 on the New Zealand Music Charts. Gliding between rock, funk, blues and back again Julie puts lyrical twists to earworm melodies that stay true to her 70s style vibe. Her arrangements are painstakingly crafted; her songs clever, intelligent, impassioned and punctuated with humour and light.

In 2011, in preparation for Trippin’ the Light Julie brought together a group of gifted musicians who have gelled into the standout 11-piece Julie Lamb Band. The core of the band – Julie, drummer Andrew Richardson, bassist Callum Hazlitt-Black and guitarist Dave Hadley have co-written many of the songs on When we Hang Out and continue to collaborate on new work. They are joined by Andreas Lepper on percussion, Damian Forlong on trombone, Geraint Scott on saxophone, Megan McCarthy on keyboard and Deb Rock-Evans, Emma Davey and Miranda Turner delivering backing vocals – each adding their own touches to the songs as they evolve.

Is an 11-piece band overkill? Referred to as a “Wellington Festival favourite,” and most recently seen at the 2015 Island Bay and Kilbirnie Festivals, and the Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant, the Julie Lamb Band has also pounded the stages of San Fran, the James Cabaret, Bodega and Fringe Bar. Further afield it has played King Street in Masterton and in 2014 performed 3 concerts and 3 workshops for the Spellbound Harbour Concert Series in Gisborne. The band will be touring the “bungee tours” with Mahinirangi Maika later this year and hitting the boards in Auckland in mid August.

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Last edited: 02.06.16

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