When I offered to be involved in the Green Fire Islands project, little did I know I’d be mixing front of house, working with Ireland’s and New Zealand’s top musicians, and touring the show through top venues and festivals. The show was a collaboration between Maori and Irish traditional musicians and the process of rehearsing and performing the show was filmed by Alun Bollinger.
It had a preview performance in Raglan and then took to the road including a performance at the International Festival in Wellington in the Michael Fowler Centre, two performances at WOMAD and a final performance in The Edge (Aotea Centre) in Auckland which included many special guests.
Having over 30 open microphones on stage and having to record 48 tracks at a time proved challenging, but the recording quality and performances received critical acclaim.
Probably the hardest moment was the WOMAD festival where groups have a strict 45 minutes to set the stage and with such a complex show this was almost impossible. We were still finishing line checks in the ten second count down to starting the set!
The Auckland show happened to fall on St. Patrick’s Day, so director Donal Lunny invited a number of special guests to join in the encores, including Neil Finn. Neil was just about to go on when we had a call to say Tim had turned up too, so could we find an extra mic and DI, it was a magic moment – oh and a good show!