Traveller’s tales with a difference

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Delaney Davidson’s new show, Magic Lightbox, is to hit Gore tonight. The show is reminiscent of a slide show of the returned traveller, the projected image on a sheet in the living room, and a live orchestra.

All three combine as Davidson blends live music and film in paying homage to these lost ways of storytelling in his tent-show carnival-style revival.

Eastern Southland Gallery programmes officer Marcella Geddes said the audience could relive the mystery of Switzerland and see New Zealand like never before, the deserts of California, fairground Brighton by the sea and cold-war Vienna, all rolled into one in one work.

“With his ingenious blend of live music and film, Davidson tells his tales of dusty highways, old-world Europe and new-world USA,” Mrs Geddes said.

“This is a unique show, not to be missed.”

This would not be the first time Davidson had visited Gore. Mrs Geddes said he performed in Gore at The Little Theatre with Marlon Williams several years ago.

He was also a winner of the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards Country Music Album of the Year in Gore.

The album was Sad But True, The Secret History of Country Music Songwriting Vol One, which was a collaboration with Williams.

The show is presented by Arts on Tour New Zealand and the Eastern Southland Gallery. It is at the gallery tonight, starting at 8pm.