From the remastered collection

 


 

available here from Amplifier in CD or MP3 format

 or from MarbecksJB Hifi, Te Papa or Big Bad Wolf in Wellington

SOME PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF PIXIE WILLIAMS MUSIC GO TO NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS

 

Friday
Apr102015

FINN REVIVES ANZAC ANTHEM...

Written in 1940 by Private Ruru Karaitiana aboard the troopship Aquitania, recorded in 1948 by newly formed record label TANZA in New Zealand's first purpose built recording studio, Blue Smoke not only became a number one hit for Karaitiana, selling 50,000 records, but also launched the voice of reluctant kiwi teenage songbird, Pixie Williams.  

Neil Finn's remake is due for release in time for this years 100th anniversary of ANZAC day - revives Blue Smoke and cements it firmly as our very own ANZAC Anthem.  Of special interest, Finn's father was aboard the Aquitania and was among the first to hear the original, pre-recorded version.

Read more here.

Friday
Apr102015

Neil Finn remakes 'Blue Smoke'

With the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day fast approaching - it is stunning that Neil Finn has chosen to remake Ruru Karaitiana's hauntingly beautiful and timeless "Blue Smoke' to mark this thought provoking day.

Finn's rendition is made even more special because he's teamed with one of the original muscian's, lap-steel guitarist Jim Carter, and made the recording in Carter's Nelson home.

As the original recording artist, Pixie Williams' said:  

No matter what, music will always live on.  

 

For this historical treasure - she couldn't be more right.

Read Chris Bourkes' full account of the making of 'Blue Smoke' and Finn's version here.

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep202014

Bringing up Baby....

Blue Smoke Records love, love, loves new jazz trio 'Bringing Up Baby'.  Wellington is totally spoilt by this outstanding trio led by the sultry, dark chocolatey voice of George Lane and beautifully supported by double bass player Pat Stewart, and pianist Asher Norris who pluck pure magic out of their respective instruments.  We haven't heard anything like this without paying a hefty admission price, and even then we believe Bringing Up Baby is streets ahead.  

Which is why the boys at Hawthorne Lounge have engaged them to play the last Sunday of each month.  So if you want the coolest night ever, head to Hawthorne Lounge this Sunday, 28 September for an 8pm start.   This is one band we know Pixie would have loved!

Saturday
Aug022014

A year ago today - Pixie rests in peace

It was a year ago today that Pixie's journey with us came to its end. While her gifts to us all are well known, the people who shared her last days remember most her generous and outgoing spirit. How lucky are we to have been left a legacy that includes not only immortal music but memories of a long and full life. RIP Pixie.

Monday
Dec092013

Critical Acclaim for 'Dotty'...

Film Directors' Mick Andrews and Brett O'Gorman are collecting international accolades for their short film 'Dotty' about an elderly resident of a rest home suffering from alzheimers struggling to send a text to her daughter.  

Andrews, who also wrote the film, first came to Blue Smoke's attention when he asked to use Williams 'Blue Smoke' for the credits, but with the films success he needed to produce a trailer and Williams 'Ain't it a Shame' was selected.  

Watch the trailer here and see why the film is an international hit.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmbpt3meTrA