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Songs from the intimate setting of the DeBarra’s Sitting Room. W/ host Armoured Bear & special guests Sive, Jon Sanders & Te Kohikohinga Kohatu (TKK)


The Irish Times calls it “a collection that stretches from the deeply meditative to the impishly playful to jazz tinged finger picking”. Zoukelele – the brand new Jon Sanders album- featuring Mali inspired music on his innovative ngoni uke instrument alongside Arabic anthems on his hybrid guizouki, all backed by an orchestra of world class musicians. Available from this website or www.cdbaby.com and download on iTunes and other download sites.

The “quantum leaping” music of Jon Sanders has circumnavigated the globe many times over the last 25 years, entertaining thousands of listeners along the way. His compositions for drop D guitar, bouzouki and ukelele have been covered by bands and used in film, television and radio and he has performed in an impressive number of bands in the modern acoustic scene –

His last three albums, Salsa SummerLatitudes and Twigs of the Neem Tree have been critically acclaimed, earning him the title of “bold explorer” and his music as “pure magic”.

He is currently a driving force in the world music band Beyondsemble and the folk trio Sanders Alley Geiling.

He has spent the last two years developing a radical ukelele style that evokes the mesmerising ngoni (African harp)music of Mali in west Africa and its passage across the Atlantic to the blues Delta lands of Mississippi.

Jon has also been making films and audio for meditation using Tibetan singing bowls tuned  to the earth’s resonant tone of C#. His interest in vibrational healing music and giving workshops in this area is in demand.


“Perhaps her standout instrument is her voice, which sweeps along displaying folk and jazz nuances with the confidence of one who knows.” – Eamon Carr, The Weekend Herald

“It has a jazz-lite arrangement that keeps the toes tapping and both ears alert. She’s well served by her musicians too. Brilliant stuff. Sive is a real find.” – Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

“It is this originality and willingness to experiment with sound that raises ‘We Are Moving’ above most other releases from recent times…’We Are Moving’ is an album that reveals itself gradually, full of innovation and attention to detail, and what’s going on underneath the vocals is always interesting.” – Justin McDaid, Golden Plec

“Drawing from a wide variety of alternative rock, jazz and folk influences, Sive’s gorgeous sound is a fusion of these influences, with perfect arrangement, excellent musicianship and charm.” – Barrygruff Music Blog

“We Are Moving is a majestic debut album from Sive which infuses charming gentle folk sounds with an alternative edge that’s bound together with wonderful lead vocals.” – Peter Nagle, 2 U I Bestow

“We Are Moving, led by the honey like vocals of Sadhbh O’Sullivan, is stuffed to the brim with indie pop loveliness.” – Echo Parade

“We Are Moving is a beguiling collection of songs that manage to be both breezy and haunting…” – Jimi McDonnell, The Connacht Champion


Te Kohikohinga Kohatu (TKK)

This group of musicians who’s name means “A Collection of Stones” was brought together by Simon James and Morgana Watson to introduce a new sound to Aotearoa & the world.

This is contemporary and traditional Maori (Indigenous New Zealand) music in the styles of World, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae. “TKK” endeavours to promote and celebrate Te Reo me ona Tikanga (the language & protocols) of Taranaki, New Zealand to share with all audiences.

Based in the very heart of WOMAD NZ, this collaboration was conceived in the wake of WOMAD ’12 after a realization that there are no bands in NZ that perform traditional/contemporary Maori music in various genres. NZ is known for its many reggae bands (2nd only to Jamaica, per capita) and Simon and Morgana felt compelled to create this band out of a necessity to showcase and prove that we have the ability to compose and perform in different genres with an authentic Maori context.

Songs range from tales of love and political issues, to nature and positive role modelling. With 3-part harmonies, haka & poi performances and an exceptional rhythm section – TKK is set to represent NZ in a new light, with a great sound that all can enjoy.


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