This is Noriko, of  George and Noriko  fame, at Coastella 2018 who, well best to let them tell you: George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected. Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive of the traditional Shamisen (Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist. It's quite something - go listen to their music, it's pretty bloody kick ass.

I no longer work for Synergy

But this time it's not a wild family trip to far flung areas, they've merely (!) changed their name to Fronde. So, I now work for Fronde.

What does that mean to you, dear readers, nothing I suspect.

They had a breakfast launch at Te Papa last week which was well received and there's even a few blog postings out there about it: