Australian 10-piece brass band to carry out at Womad NZ for the primary time

The Hot Potato Band will play at Womad on March 14 and 15.

Tom Roberts

The Sizzling Potato Band will play at Womad on March 14 and 15.


A 10-piece brass band will play a spontaneous set when they take to the stage at Womad NZ for the primary time. 

Sizzling Potato Band will probably be enjoying at New Plymouth’s TSB Bowl of Brooklands on March 14 and 15. 

The band started on the streets of Sydney and is made up of drummers Simon Ghali, Marc Malliate and James Swanson, trumpeters Paul Murchison and Nicholas Calligeros, tromboners Jacob Parks and Max Mallen-Cooper, Sousaphonist Daniel Moore, saxaphonists James Mackay, Edward Tan and Peter Orenstein and vocalist Ben Goldstein. 


“We’re very excited for it, we have heard a lot about it,” drummer Simon Ghali mentioned of Womad. 

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The band has beforehand performed in New Plymouth on the 4th Wall Theatre 


Ghali thought they have been a nice match for a competition like Womad, however he mentioned the viewers ought to count on the sudden. 

“The band could be very spontaneous and lot of the efficiency concepts are improvised on the spot.” 


“The vibe could be very energetic, it is very interactive and spontaneous.” 

He mentioned it was usually laborious to explain the sound of the band to individuals he’d by no means heard their music earlier than however mentioned it was a mixture of a New Orleans road band sound with a little bit of Stevie Surprise. 

In addition to their two performances they have been internet hosting a workshop on the Friday night which includes them speaking about how they put the band collectively, how they create musical concepts and preparations earlier than ending with a music. 


Following Womad the band will then carry out in Auckland, Mt Manganui, Napier, Paraparaumu, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch.