Saturday 25th September
Jan was born in Greymouth on the remote West Coast of the South Island of NZ. Our family had little resources or opportunity, but I grew up in an era where people would gather around the piano and sing together. From when I was very young I played piano while everybody sang along or played tea chest basses, eggbeaters, combs, violins, even an old saxophone.
Jan Preston is known as Australasia’s Queen of boogie piano, her recent cd release ‘Boogie Woman’ from October 2020 bears testament to that. She is a magnetic live performer and astonishing piano player with a rich resonant voice. Her original songs, compositions and mastery of boogie- woogie captivate audiences at festivals and in concerts around the world. Winner of 5 music awards, Jan writes music for film and TV, such as her sister Dame Gaylene Preston’s film My Year with Helen. From her background in classical music Jan has created her own style, not only through her piano playing but also her singing and songwriting, which now sees her shine as a truly Antipodean original.
Jan’s infectious brand of virtuoso boogie piano will rattle the cobwebs from some of the forgotten pianos tucked away in venues from Hokitika to Nelson, Invercargill and more!
From a background in classical music with a long-term interest in composition and song writing, Jan’s early career began in NZ with the 1980 Hit Band Coup D’Etat.
Winner of 5 music awards, she also composes music for film and TV, is known for her energetic performances, sultry blues voice and candid humour.
Jan will be joined by Mike Pullman on percussion, as well as special guests.
Boogie Woman you tube link is
Tickets will be available on Eventfinda or at Begs.
Show starts at 7:30pm.