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Fly My Pretties

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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.

A 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.

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.

2013 saw Fly My Pretties produce their 5th album, The Homeland Recordings, with 13 songs recorded live during a national tour in September. Beginning at Aotearoa’s tip in Kaitaia and ending in the southern-most city of Invercargill, the 23 date Homeland Tour saw FMP delve deep into heartland New Zealand create something truly special.

The album stands as a testament to the talent that made up the Homeland cast and we hope it provides a stepping stone for you to uncover great music created by the artists.

On February 12, 2016, Fly My Pretties played the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch for the second year in a row. Again, Christchurch came to the party and again, Fly My Pretties delivered a truly memorable show.
The 15-strong cast produced a 5 song EP, Live at the Isaac Theatre Royal, which is accompanied by a live music video for each track, capturing the amazing live performance at the amazing Isaac Theatre Royal.

August 2016 has a 14 person cast play 4 shows at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland and 5 shows in Wellington at The Paramount, recording each night for Fly My Pretties 6th album, String Theory, due out in November and an announcement due on August 22 for a national tour in January 2017.

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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 past and present Fly My Pretties Cast include:

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 Trinity Roots & Fat Freddy’s Drop), Ned Ngatae (Dimmer, Eru Dangerspiel, The Black Seeds), 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, Flip Grater Anika Moa, A Girl Named Mo, Bailey Wiley, Holly Arrowsmith, Ills Winter, Kara Gordon, Louis McDonald, Mark Vanilau, Milloux, Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Shaun Blackwell, Tiki Taane, and Toby Laing (all successful solo artists).

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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.

Broadcasting on

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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