Fly My Pretties are New Zealand's favourite live collaborative group starring a selection of the country’s finest contemporary musicians, all set to a visual backdrop.
Since its inception, Fly My Pretties has grown to become a local legend of music that continues to reach people all over the world. Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealanders’ hearts and minds in 2004, with the idea from The Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker (Loop), to assemble a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians for a special project.
The objective: To meet, exchange ideas, and then perform and record the results in front of a live audience. Fly My Pretties performed their first season at Wellington’s Bats Theatre over five nights. It was a hit, and Fly My Pretties became Bats most attended event of 2004. Likewise, the album ‘Fly My Pretties - Live at Bats’ achieved platinum-status, received 6 B-Net nominations (winning Best Pop Album), and was released internationally in the UK.
Then in 2006 building on the first event, ‘The Return of Fly My Pretties’ saw key members reunite with new faces Hollie Smith and Adi Dick. Their new repertoire encompassed an even more diverse range of styles and the theme reflected the state of contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand: A nation isolated in the pacific that is searching for its identity, while remembering where we have come from.
Once again the Fly My Pretties shows were a sell out nationwide and the second album ‘The Return of Fly My Pretties’ also went on to achieve platinum status, worldwide popularity and won best Aotearoa, Roots album at the 2007 New Zealand Music Awards.
In 2009 Fly My Pretties returned for a third time, featuring 16 musicians from all over NZ including some of the original Wellington crew and many new faces. The concept of ‘Fly My Pretties - A Story’ saw Fly My Pretties joined on stage by Barnaby Weir’s legendary radio broadcasting father, Dick Weir who wrote and narrated the story that the show was based around.
The story attempts to entertain and reflect on innocence, imagination and the solving of complex problems - which may enable a sustainable future. With this in mind, the cast put together 14 exceptional songs inspired by Dick Weir’s story in just 8 rehearsals before taking the show on the road.
‘Fly My Pretties – A Story’ represents the best takes from the unforgettable sell-out New Zealand tour, performed, filmed and recorded across 10 shows to over 15,000 people in all 4 main centres.
‘Fly My Pretties – A Story’ was released on Monday 17th August in New Zealand, and debuted at #1 on the Top 40 RIANZ album charts and is now platinum. In December 2009 Fly My Pretties played two final A Story encore shows at The Civic in Auckland and The Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and both sold out.
In January 2011 the best of Fly My Pretties 1, 2 and 3 reunited for one South Island and one North Island show at two of New Zealand’s finest vineyards. The show featured a 20-strong cast from all three Fly My Pretties incarnations. A mix of faces from the past, a bunch of the "A Story" cast and a few fresh faces kept things interesting - once again seeing Fly My Pretties evolve into something completely new and unique.
In late 2011, Fly My Pretties united once again with a brand new show that saw a fresh cast collaborate with visual artist, Flox, and homegrown fashion labels, Cybèle and MisteR. The tour also marked the collective’s first international foray, playing a sold out Melbourne date as part of the tour.
The new show saw the 16-strong cast unite with an exciting new concept, re-inspired style and re-invigorated sound to challenge audience’s senses and redefine what Fly My Pretties was to their fans. Via a unique collaboration, renowned visual/street artist Flox found inspiration in each song to create 16 original and dedicated pieces of art. A unifying thread throughout the show, the artworks were brought to life through projection, animation and visual trickery. These visuals have been uniquely mixed with the live video to create an amazing DVD.
The 16 new songs on their 4th CD and DVD represent the best takes from November 2011’s sold out tour. These new songs were performed, filmed and recorded live across nine sold out shows to over 10,000 people. The tour also marked the collective’s first international foray, playing one massive sold out Melbourne date.
Fly My Pretties has always uncovered, cultivated and presented exceptional Kiwi talent to music lovers and fans; with many performers going on to achieve acclaim and success in their own right. The collective has included:
Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson (all in The Black Seeds), Age Pryor (Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra / The Woolshed Sessions), Hollie Smith, Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) Fran and Laughton Kora (Kora), Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey (Grand Prix & Beastwars), Mailee Matthews (CASH), Brendan Moran (The Hasselhoff Experiment), Darren Siggley, L.A. Mitchell (Dave Dobbyn / Dukes), Lisa Tomlins (Sola Rosa), Mara T.K (Electric Wire Hustle), Paul McLaney (Gramsci), Ryan Prebble (Spartacus R & The Nudge), Tom Watson (Cassette), Riki Gooch & Rio Hunuki-Hemopo (both TrinityRoots & Fat Freddy’s Drop), Ned Ngatae (Dimmer, Eru Dangerspiel), Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Weta, Cairo Knife Fight) James Coyle & Iraia Whakamoe (The Nudge), Justin “Firefly” Clarke (The Woolshed Sessions), Adi Dick, Tessa Rain, Module, Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, Jayson Norris, Amiria Grenell and Flip Grater (all successful solo artists).
|REVIEW: Fly My Pretties IV Album Review
Submitted by Alistar3000
|1 Apr 2012|
|REVIEW: Fly My Pretties 'A Story' Encore, Michael Fowler Centre Wellington 5/12/09
Submitted by Bela
|15 Dec 2009|
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Fly My Pretties Live Concert & Doco to Screen on C4 15, 16 and 20 Aug 09
Posted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:47 pm
'Fly My Pretties - A Story' Deluxe CD/DVD Set is released on Monday and now you can experience the entire live concert and the 2009 documentary over this weekend and next week on C4.
'Fly My Pretties - A Story' - Full Performance From Part One (With Story Scenes)
'Fly My Pretties - A Story' is a conceptual extension of the previous two Fly My Pretties via a narrative story that connects music, illustration, animation, charity and a message of change into one audiovisual experience.
'Fly My Pretties - A Story' mixes the best song takes plus animated interludes from Part 1 of the unforgettable sold-out New Zealand tour, performed, filmed and recorded live across 10 shows.
Featuring original cast members Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nathan 'Nato' Hickey, Tessa Rain, and fresh faces Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, L.A. Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara TK, Nigel Patterson, Paul McLaney, Ryan Prebble, Tom Watson, Riki Gooch and Rio Hunuki-Hemopo. And of course, everyone's favourite narrator Dick Weir!
'Fly My Pretties - A Story' - The Documentary
'Fly My Pretties - A Story - The Documentary' looks deeper into the key messages behind the music and concepts of the project as a whole. Revealing personal insights from the musicians and ideas of how we can positively change our world.
Saturday 15 Aug 10:30pm - FMP doco & full live concert
Sunday 16 Aug 10am - FMP full live concert
Thursday 20 Aug 11pm - FMP doco
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