Making the Tranzition

INVERCARGILL band Tranzition will perform a long way from home this weekend.
The band is supporting New Zealand guitarist, country music performer, producer and talent mentor Gray Bartlett on his Private Conversations 2016 South Island Tour, with gigs at the Timaru Theatre Royal tomorrow, on Saturday at the Hornby Workingmen’s Club, Christchurch, and on Sunday at the Christchurch Casino.
The five-piece band features Stephen Wilcox (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Peter Miller (drums), Peter Colvin (lead guitar and steel guitar), Craig Rodmell (keyboard) and Geoff Peterson (bass), with Kane Hill standing in on bass on tour.
Wilcox said they were approached to do the tour after backing Bartlett during a Country Radio concert about 18 months ago.
‘‘[Afterwards] he rang and asked if we would back him for a South Island tour. It’s been in the making since then.’’
The concerts will be about two-and-a-half hours long, with Tranzition performing for an hour, then backing Bartlett for an hour, plus two 15-minute spots for special guest artists.
One of the guest artists at the Canterbury shows is classical crossover singer Yulia, who Bartlett discovered, Wilcox said.
‘‘It’ll be a good show.’’
Wilcox said Tranzition played a mixture of musical genres including rock ‘n’ roll, classic rock and country pop.
‘‘We do a bit of everything really and we enjoy it. It’s the sort of stuff that people like to sing along to.’’
Artists include Elvis, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, the Eagles, Roy Orbison, and The Mavericks
‘‘They’re all songs people know.’’
Wilcox said Tranzition had also scheduled a performance in Invercargill on August 13 at the Civic Theatre, with tickets going on sale next month. The band was also looking at organising more concerts in the Dunedin area and Central Otago.

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