Host joins honours list

Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and MC Nick Tansley (far right) with Post No Bills in the early 1980s. Photo: Supplied

THE contributions of six musicians to Southland’s music scene will be celebrated in Invercargill next month.

Francis (Frank) Kerrison, Pat Houlihan, Ross Turner, Terry Bradshaw, Jeff Ross and Nick Tansley will be inducted into the Southland Musicians Club’s Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club (IWMC) on October 7.

Performing at the show will be bands Post No Bills, Contraband & Friends, the Frank Kerrison Showband featuring Jason Kerrison and the Jeff Ross Rock Ensemble.

Along with playing keyboards for Post No Bills and being inducted into the Hall of Fame himself, Tansley will be the MC for the event, a role which he has enjoyed for many years.

“It’s one of the highlights of the year for me that show, it has been now for quite some years,” he said.

“I’ve seen a lot of my good mates get inducted and now it looks like it’s my turn, which is fantastic.”

Tansley said it was a great feeling to get the message from Southland Musicians Club president Trevor Daley that he would join the south’s Hall of Fame.

“It’s a great pleasure, because that’s been my true passion all my life to play music I suppose.”

Nick Tansley. Photo: Supplied

Tansley said he lived in Invercargill until he was about 21, before moving to Wellington where he has had a career in radio, television and music.

However, his first job was working in Invercargill with radio announcer John “Boggy” McDowell and the team at 4ZA.

“And prior to that I was just a young Southlander trying to find his feet in both rock ‘n’ roll music and what turned out to be a career in radio.”

Tansley said he performed with many bands while in the south – Flyte while at high school, then he toured with Kanz, before returning to Invercargill to play with Justice, followed by Post No Bills.

He said the pub scene in the late 1970s and early 80s was very alive and well, with many people going out to establishments like The Newfield Tavern and The Whitehouse on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

One of the main genres at the time was “current covers”, he said.

“That was sort of what a lot of these bands were doing. We were covers bands playing live dance tracks that were on the radio almost simultaneously. It seemed to work well, that kind of style.”

He said he was looking forward to getting back together with the “Post No Bills boys” after hosting the show once again.

“It will be a nice way to finish the night off.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017, IWMC, Saturday, October 7, at 6.45pm. Tickets are $45 (includes supper). Available from Little Fire Music Works and the IWMC (no phone bookings).

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