Villa Maria Show Review : NZ Herald
January 28, 2015
Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Supergroove and Anika Moa deliver a enjoyable mix of fireworks and song power on this year’s Winery Tour.
Past Winery Tours – this is the eight annual trek – have often ended at the Villa Maria Estate. This time the Mangere vineyard was second of the 11 dates, taking advantage of Auckland Anniversary Weekend rather than its usual mid-to-late February slot.
Given Sunday’s cloudless sky that was a good call. Though there was still plenty of space among the nearly 4000 spread across the lawns.
Of course, people were out commemorating Auckland’s continued existence in other ways – driving home, it looked like the Waikaraka Park Speedway had a good crowd too
But this show made for a fine celebration of a couple of Auckland musical institutions.
At the top of the bill, Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan combined for a tag-team greatest hits run through their respective songbooks.
This wasn’t the hushed reverent ballad-heavy approach of their 2013 church tour together but a happy full-band bash with all the bells and whistles – and sometimes a borrowed Supergroove horn section.
And in the case of Slice of Heaven near the end, all of Supergroove subbing for Herbs’ original backing part…