Kiwi singer songwriters Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons will hit the road together in November, playing venues up and down the country including Mount Maunganui, Haumoana, Hamilton and Paekakariki.

Johnson, known for hits including Isabelle, Liberty and Don't Wait Another Day, is based in California and will release his EP Low Frequency ahead of the tour.

Parsons has been busy touring New Zealand, Australia and Europe in support of her album Drylands.

"We're going to have great fun with each other's songs," she said.


Johnson said: "I'm sure my crowd and her's will cross over a fair bit, while the uninitiated are in for a great night of discovery".

The tour kicks off at The Vic in Devonport on November 9. See for tour details.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori marks the release of the Modern Māori Quartet's debut album That's Us!

The 12 tracks of original waiata are composed by the group: James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora and Matu Ngaropo, with Kora producing the album.

That's Us! is rich in warm vocal harmonies and the familiar summer strum of acoustic guitar as the group provide their take on the classic Māori showband sound.

The Modern Māori Quartet last week released a video for debut single Shine and this week head out on a massive 20-date national tour, starting in Putāruru on Saturday night, hitting venues including Napier, Whanganui, Rotorua, Taupō and Whangarei and finishing up in Whakatāne on October 15.

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