10 Tuesday January 10 2017 SELWYN TIMES ews Crummer looking forward to reunion Annie Crummer found fame with hits such as Language and See What Love Can Do. She spoke to Tom Doudney about working on new material and seeing dyslexia as a blessing, ahead of her performance with Debbie Harwood, Margaret Urlich and Sharon O’Neill at Lincoln’s Selwyn Sounds concert in March IT HAS been a long time since we’ve heard anything new from Annie Crummer but the singer is hopeful her fans won’t have to wait too much longer. Crummer hasn’t released a full album of original material since 1996’s Seventh Wave. Since then fans have had to make do with a best of collection in 2002 and three songs released in 2010 as singles only. While she is reluctant to talk about release dates, she has been working on songs for an album which has a working title of Project Annie C. “I have got a bunch of songs that I am dying to get out of the demo situation and get into the studio and smash that stuff out, I’m the only one stopping me,” she said. “I’ve got a lot more to say musically, I will just have to get over myself and get on with it.” Crummer said that while she was known more as a singer than a songwriter, she had become more confident dabbling in song writing. “Melodies come really good to me but the way I write lyrics is quite odd because I am fully dyslexic so the way I explain things, I don’t think it’s the same as a non-dyslexic song writer.” Crummer only discovered she was dyslexic well into her adult years but the revelation came as a big relief. “When I look back I think: ‘Oh, I have been blessed with dyslexia, that’s all.’ I just learn things differently,” she said. “I forgave myself for feeling so dumb all these years because I left school really early and now when I look back at all the subjects I took it had nothing to do with anything technical, it all had to do with creative stuff.” Those subjects included classes on art, Maori culture and, perhaps surprisingly, typing – because she could just copy the patterns without thinking about the words. That ability to recognise patterns helped her land a leading role in the Australian version of Ben Elton’s hit musical-theatre production We Will Rock You, based on the songs of British rock band Queen, in 2003. To get the part of Killer Queen, Crummer had to audition in front of Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. “I had to learn the English phonetically and that is actually how I learn music too, I listen to where heart is needed and where anger is needed and all the emotions, I just SONGSTRESS: Annie Crummer has been working on material for her first album of original material in two decades. emulate those inflections without really knowing what I am talking about, but I have just fooled everyone,” she said. “I can’t believe I got that role, if only they knew how I did it. But it did catch up on me a couple of times on stage where I’d fumble BEST OF FRIENDS: From left, Margaret Urlich, Debbie Harwood and Crummer will perform together at Selwyn Sounds, along with Sharon O’Neill (not pictured). over a word because I didn’t fully understand it and I had to dig my way out of it, live.” She said that while the way dyslexic people figured things out might be different, the outcome could be incredible. Crummer, who lives in Auckland, said she loved that performing enabled her to travel. She always looked forward to playing with Harwood, Urlich and O’Neill, sometimes joined by Shona Laing, with the singers typically doing about three or four shows together a year. She was looking forward to reuniting with them for Selwyn Sounds. “I’m a huge fan of theirs and we have the utmost respect for each other so it’s a joy all round, a real buzz.” The concert will also feature Kiwi rock heavyweights Mi-Sex, Dragon, The Jordan Luck Band and Jason Kerrison. When she was not performing with Harwood and co or going solo, she often joined her father’s band, Will Crummer and the Rarotongans, playing songs which mostly sung in Cook Island Maori. Crummer took a more low key role in the band, playing the pahu and putting in some occasional backing vocals. She didn’t mind stepping back from the spotlight and credited her father with setting her on the path to stardom. “He gave me the gift of music,” she said. “I do count my blessings, that’s a daily ritual for me, the fact that I can do music and have never had a job.” •Selwyn Sounds will be held on March 4, from 11.30am- 8.30pm. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek and buyers will be able to prepurchase a return bus ride between pick-up points in Christchurch or Rolleston and Lincoln Domain.
SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 10 2017 11 SUMMER in SELWYN YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING SUMMER EVENTS IN SELWYN Available now! Summer events continue until April Pick up your guide to over 60 events from Council offices, Selwyn Libraries, Lincoln Event Centre and Rolleston Community Centre. Pool Fest - Rolleston Monday 16 – Friday 20 January 1-3pm Selwyn Aquatic Centre Your favourite water activities are here for summer! Make a splash with giant inflatables, paddle boats, aquatic volleyball and more. Teddy Bears’ Picnic - Rolleston Wednesday 18 January 11am-1pm Rolleston Community Centre and Reserve Pack a picnic and dress your teddy for a fun day out! With trampolines, Pedalmania, face painting, bouncy castles, toddler gym, House of Bricks, Zirka Circus and Teddy Bear Parade. Picnic in the Park - Tai Tapu Thursday 19 January 5.30-7.30pm Rhodes Domain With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy the summer evening. Pool Party - Darfield Sunday 22 January 2-4pm Darfield Pool Enjoy games, music, a sausage sizzle, prizes and pool inflatables. Picnic in the Park - Springfield Thursday 26 January 5.30-7.30pm Springfield Domain (by donut) With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy! Lake Crichton Triathlon and Duathlon Friday 27 January, Lake Crichton A community event for first-time athletes in a friendly atmosphere. Individual and team options, short and long courses. To enter see www.selwynsportstrust.org.nz Southbridge Pool Party Sunday 29 January 2-4pm, Southbridge Pool Enjoy games, music, a sausage sizzle, prizes and pool inflatables. Community organised event Picnic in the Park - Springston Thursday 2 February 5.30-7.30pm Springston Domain With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy! Waitangi Day Community Country Picnic Monday 6 February, 10am-2pm, Darfield Domain and Recreation Centre A community country picnic for the family. Celebrate all things country with games, food, history and music. Picnic in the Park - Lincoln Thursday 9 February 5.30-7.30pm, Lincoln Domain With live music, bouncy castle, the events trailer, games, Pedalmania, prizes and free sausage sizzle. Bring a picnic and enjoy! Lake Crichton Triathlon and Duathlon Friday 10 February, Lake Crichton A community event for first-time athletes in a friendly atmosphere. Individual and team options, short and long courses. To enter see www.selwynsportstrust.org.nz Drive in Family Movie - Darfield Friday 10 February 7-9.30pm Darfield Domain Grab your friends and family, snacks, drive in and tune your radio to our special frequency to enjoy a great family movie! Music on the Green - Rolleston Sunday 12 February 4.30-7pm Rolleston Reserve (behind library) Pack a picnic and be entertained by great local musicians. Food also available for purchase. PhysioMed Women’s Triathlon and Duathlon Sunday 12 February, Selwyn Aquatic Centre Kick off 2017 with a new challenge! A range of distances and categories, enter as an individual or team at www.womenstri.co.nz More Events! Watch for details of upcoming events in February and March. www.selwyn.govt.nz/events www.facebook.com/summerinselwyn Community organised event Community organised event Community organised event growing strong communities together