Shaft re-forming for fundraiser

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A blast from the past is about to sweep into Gore – the 1970s’ band Shaft is re-forming for a fundraising concert in the town.

The former Gore band, which comprised various musicians during its heyday, is re-forming with one of its original members, Rudy Dykgraaf.

The band was started by the late Peter Reid in 1973 and disbanded in 1996.

Other members set to take to the stage at the Gore RSA for the April 8 show are Robert (Caveman) McKenzie, Ken Ashby, Denis Litchfield, Chris Phillips and Gordy Muir.

Ashby said the band started about 30 years ago.

“Not that many bands last that long. Cavie and I were only in for two or three years,” he said.

Dykgraaf said the band played on Saturday nights.

“We originally started at the East Gore dances. We used to play alternate weekends with The Strangers – that lasted for years,” he said.

The band played covers.

“Shaft has had a lot of members over the time,” McKenzie said.

The re-formed band has been practising for the fundraising performance.

The band said the songs which would be played at the concert would be those that people would remember from Shaft’s heyday.

Jeff Shanks from the Hokonui Celtic Pipe Band would make a guest appearance at the concert, McKenzie said.

The funds raised from the event will go to Ranui House in Christchurch. Ranui House is owned and operated by the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and provides a home for out-of-town families who have family members undergoing medical treatment in Christchurch hospitals.

Litchfield said he had personal experience of needing the accommodation, so it was a cause dear to his heart.

The concert will be held at the Gore RSA on April 8, starting at 7pm.