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Paul Symons Music Fulla

This guy can make music. Check out his latest CD Shooting Stars.

A 1968 Taranaki farmboy, Paul Symons  says he grew up listening to late night AM radio & learning songs at lunchtime guitar lessons.

He decided to maximize the ‘Bluesness’ of life by acquiring a vintage Bedford schoolbus and heading off in a never-ending spiral around the South and occasionally the North island, playing pubs, skifields, motorcycle rallies & festivals. Along the way holding down job as oilrig worker, gardener, painter, wharfie, builder, sawmiller and dumptruck driver (strictly for the ‘Johnny-Cashness’). The ever-expanding tour came to a welcome halt in Auckland in the mid 90s and the housebus was tethered.

The first album “Spaceman” was released in 2005 – think cool slide guitar and catchy songs.

He spent time  fronting and playing slide with legendry Westy party-band “The Dusters”, playing pedal-steel with alt country combo “Too Far Gone” and  playing original music with Lott Larson in “F3” (the Fickle Finger of Fate).

Then, as fate would have it, Lott Larsen joined Paul in February 2011 to make the“Shooting Stars” album at Wellington’s Braeburn Studio with drummer Des Mallon. Planning underway for getting about a bit more & making some ruckus. Soon as Paul finishes the rebuild on the Schoolbus…

I just call him the groove Meister, Paul can take his Takemine (One of the best sounding ones I have ever heard) and set up a groove like a  South Island train track.

Watch out for the blue and white Bedford at festivals – don’t camp near it if you want an early night.

– Pete, (history details from Paul’s bio)





Based around the cello and ukulele, Chillele (Chill-ay-lee) delve into the musical archives of their grandparent’s era to find forgotten gems that almost everyone recognizes and anyone can sing along to.

With a lush lead vocal underpinned by a re-jigged cello, a rinky-dink ukulele and sweet, sensitive guitar, Chillele is a unique trio. Above and beyond the quality of music that each musician demands of him/herself, Chillele insist that they enjoy the music they are making, and relish the opportunity to do so.

Chillele boast that they collectively have more than a century’s worth of experience in the music industry, and are working on knocking out their next century of good, tasty music.