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Not needing an introduction, Anika Moa had most of the crowd at the YOT Club in fits of laughter last Thursday as part of her 2011 Acoustic Tour with Barnaby Weir, frontman of The Black Seeds.

This is the first time these artists have collaborated on a tour and the result is a light hearted and mischievous show. The banter between them was very amusing with Anika making hilarious sexual innuendoes towards Barnaby. What a crack up. All this in stark contrast to Anika’s angelic voice which captivated the whole room. She threw in her classics as well as material from her latest album Love in Motion.

Barnaby Weir warmed up a receptive Raglan crowd, performing songs from his debut solo album Tarot Card Rock which was released in February of this year. He also covered Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City and AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll). I’m not a big fan of original acts performing covers unless they make it their own and this is exactly what Anika Moa did when she sang I Will Always Love You. She actually managed to immitate Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston simultaneously!

If you like your music with a twist of comedy, catch Anika Moa and Barnaby Weir on The Acoustic Tour 2011.

Lucy Cioffi

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