Bare Essentials - Jazz, swing, rhythm and blues and musical bits and bobs.
Featuring:- John Meddings – guitarist/vocalist
John is a musician whose talent for fine tones, balance and technical ability has led to both national and international artists seeking his expertise.John has played with numerous NZ performers including, Annie Crummer, Sir Howard Morrison, Ray Wolfe, Jacqui Fitzgerald, Suzanne Prentice, Don McGlashan, Barry Saunders, Ray Columbus and Australian artists Donna Fisk, Adam Harvey and Diana Corcoran.
As a session musician, John has played on a diverse range of albums and soundtracks for television. Away from the stage, he has established himself as a leading stringed instrument repair technician. John recently retired from guitar tuition both privately and at Otago University and now enjoys arranging great compositions for Bare Essentials. William Davidson – vocalist - percussion
William worked professionally as the lead singer with the NZ 70s’ pop group “The Kalqlated Risk”, the group releasing several singles and an album gaining the finals of the Loxene Golden Disc Awards in two consecutive years. The group was contracted to a major NZ breweries and extensively toured NZ for several years. Through their recording company HMV, the group was introduced to Decca Records UK and moved to London, recording one album and again touring and supporting various artists.
Although not performing professionally these days, music is still the big thing: Quote: “Bare Essentials to me is a wonderful thing – with little else than an acoustic guitar, maraca and saxophone we endeavour to play precise rhythmical movement, working with dynamics and textures to create joyful music”. Tony Stephens – saxophonist – vocalist - percussion
Tony loves to play music. He’s lucky enough to play with two of his all time favourite musos; William and John. Tony plays Tenor
Saxophone and percusion and loves to sing. As William (lead vocals) has a voice unmatched localy or nationally,Tony (along with John) loves to create some wonderful three part harmonies; complementing the tight and polished Trio. Bare Essentials is to me the ultimate in light and entertaining fun. A group that enjoys creating an experience that a crowd can go home at the end of the night having enjoyed an enriched and fun night of entertainment.