Fly My Pretties is looking forward to getting Nelson grooving at Trafalgar Centre. Photo: Georgia Schofield.

Fly My Pretties return to Nelson


The last time Fly My Pretties were in Nelson they played to a sell-out crowd at Neudorf Vineyard.

“This is a bit different,” says the band’s founder Barnaby Weir. “Rain or shine, it’s a pretty awesome line-up.”

Fly My Pretties will join the John Butler Trio, Trinity Roots and L.A.B at the Trafalgar Centre this Saturday.

“We fit in, we are multi genre, filled with a great group of people and some old friends.”

The band is made up of a variety of different artists who have gone through its revolving doors over the years.

“It’s a bit of a logistical thing,” admits Barnaby. “The best way is planning six months in advance.”

This time, that strategy means that old favourite Hollie Smith will be back in the fold along with a 15-strong cast of vocalists and musicians featuring: A Girl Named Mo, Anna Coddington, Bailey Wiley, Lisa Tomlins, Ria Hall, Age Pryor, Laughton Kora, Mike Fabulous, Jarney Murphy, Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds), Ryan Prebble, Iraia Whakamoe and James Coyle (The Nudge).

The band’s will run through the entire back catalogue of Fly My Pretties favourites, seeing many tracks being performed live for the first time in years. This retrospective set comes as they begin work on their first-ever studio album, which will see classics recorded in studio for the first time.

“It gives the chance to be very particular and get the best takes and best tones of each song,” Barnaby says.

He says he is excited about returning to Nelson, which is on something of a golden run when it comes to attracting big talent to perform here.

The concert is also giving away free tickets to the concert for those affected by the fires in Pigeon Valley.

“It might brighten someone’s day as it’s obviously a serious affair. Music can be a remedy to take the mind off it for a few hours.”

The band performs at the Trafalgar Centre on March 2.