Pacific Curls to Bring Polynesian Celtica Sounds to the 2011 Rainforest World Music Festival

Pacific Curls
Pacific Curls is saying ‘Kia Ora’ (Maori greeting: be well/healthy) to Rainforest World Music Festival fans. The New Zealand-based trio will be performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) which will take place July 8 to 10 of 2011 in Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysia).

With its world fusion sounds, precise arrangements and a catalog of songs and instruments that link the Pacific’s primal myths to Scotland’s mysticism, Pacific Curls – a trio consisting of a Pacific Islander, a Maori and a Scot perform enthralling world music. The line up includes: Kim Halliday (Rotuman/NZ Scottish), Sarah Beattie (Scottish) and Ora Barlow (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/English).

Over the years they’ve played together, the three members have accumulated an impressive instrumental collection featuring the ukulele, cajon, fiddle, traditional Maori instruments, and various percussive instruments, with vocals with lyrics in Te Reo Maori, Rotuman and English. With a rapidly growing international audience, particularly after appearances at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, WOMAD New Zealand and extensive touring throughout Canada, South Korea, Australia, Europe, New Caledonia and New Zealand, Pacific Curls established a loyal and enthusiastic following for their unique original blend of Polynesian-Celtica sounds.

Pacific Curls never set out to be a trio. Four years ago when they found themselves in an Auckland studio, recording a Celtic/Māori/Pacific fusion album with two others, they had little idea that after two European tours, untold Australian, several New Zealand and a knock out Canadian Festival run, they would be the last three standing. “We had no idea the three of us would end up as a trio and yet under miraculous circumstances we just seem to click,” says Sarah Beattie, vocal and long time fiddle player.

The trio has released 5 albums: Te Kore (2010), Pacifi Celta (2008), Pacific Swing (2007), Mothersline (2006), and Reeling in the Pacific (2006).

The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will include an impressive lineup from across the globe. Organised by STB Leisure & Property, a subsidiary of Sarawak Tourism Board, this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival hope to attract a crowd of at least 70% from outside Sarawak.

Daily tickets priced at RM110 for adults and RM55 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available online. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM300 and RM150 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.

For purchase/booking/enquiries please call TicketCharge Hotline: +6 03-9222 8811 or at TicketCharge @ No 42A-1, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Special promotional tickets are now offered online at until February 28, 2011. These offers are on first-come-first-serve basis and will be a great opportunity for those planning for this not to miss event in Kuching.

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Author: World Music Central News Department

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