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Tina Cross: Nothing but Dreams

Date: Friday 18 October 2019, 7pm to 9pm
Cost: Free event but please RSVP ATLcentenary@dia.govt.nz
Contact details: ATLCentenary@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Pūkana series

Tina Cross and Carl Doy reunite to celebrate a part of pop culture history — 'Nothing But Dreams' and their 1979 Pacific Song Contest victory. The glamorous Lady Killer and Piano By Candlelight star are set to take you on an unforgettable musical journey.

Celebrate a career defining moment for our 1979 Pacific Song Contest winners

Forty years ago this October a young South Auckland singer called Tina Cross took out the Pacific Song Contest. The winning song — Nothing But Dreams — written by long-time collaborator Carl Doy launched this talented teenager into the spotlight.

To celebrate this career defining moment Cross and Doy will perform a concert in Wellington at the National Library on October 18.

Doors open 7.00pm for those who have confirmed attendance. Waitlist guests doors open 7.30pm. The performance starts at 7.40pm.

Expect a dynamic repertoire

Audiences can expect a dynamic repertoire from the duo including 'Nothing But Dreams', 'Memory' (from Cats), 'Tarakihi' (best known via Kiri Te Kanawa), 'Here You Come Again' (Dolly Parton), 'Always Remember Us This Wa'y (Lady Gaga) and the song Cross wrote and gifted to the Women’s Refuge – 'Walk Away'. Doy will accompany Cross on a Grand Piano.

Wellington’s free concert is part of the public programme for the National Library exhibition — Pūkana: moments in Māori performance.

About the performers

Tina Cross ONZM (Te Aupouri / Ngati Porou) has been a household name since 'Nothing But Dreams' took her into living rooms across the country when the Pacific Song Contest was broadcast live to millions of TV viewers. Turning sixty this year Cross celebrates an incredible 44-year career as a singer and entertainer in the business as one of New Zealand’s timeless leading wāhine’s as a recording artist, TV darling, musical theatre queen, Lady Killer and anti-domestic violence advocate. Let’s not also forget that Cross sang the vocals on the original theme song for our longest running soap – Shortland Street.

Carl Doy is also an icon in the NZ musical scene having recorded over twenty piano albums, starting with 'Piano by Candlelight' in the 1980s, which set records with triple-platinum sales in New Zealand and over one million albums sold in USA. As a producer he has been hugely successful producing double-platinum albums for Yulia, Elizabeth Marvelly, Martin Winch (Espresso Guitar) and Brian Smith (Moonlight Sax). He has also been musical director for such NZ icons as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Howard Morrison and Rob Guest.

Tina Cross and Carl Doy
L to R: Tina Cross performing at the Pacific Song Contest, Christchurch, 1979. Photographer unidentified. Private collection. Carl Doy at the Pacific Song Contest, Christchurch, 1979. Photographer unidentified. Private collection.