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Finns show True Colours

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier

The Finn BrothersBy Dean Taylor

Tim and Neil Finn showed why they are iconic Kiwi singer/songwriters, wowing a Waikato crowd with a fully acoustic set on Friday night.

The brothers warmly greeted the 600 strong crowd who had paid either $85 or $150 to be at the charity concert at St Paul’s Collegiate Chapel, and that warmth was reciprocated.

Waikato crowds are not always easy to please, as Neil alluded to when he thanked everyone for coming when there was a ‘good Super 12 match on the telly’.

‘It’s good to be back in home territory, even if it is in an Anglican church” said Neil.

“And its Friday the 13th. Go figure,” added Tim.

Then the Catholic raised brothers launched into ‘It’s Only Natural’ from their days together in Crowded House. With just guitar and piano the Finns delivered a set of hits from their Split Enz, Crowded House, solo Finn Brothers ventures.

Of course with careers spanning 60 years between them, more songs had to be left out than included.

The concert was in aid of the True Colours Charitable Trust which works with other key health professionals to support children and teenagers in the Waikato region who have a serious illness, or who have a parent or sibling who is seriously ill. The Trust’s work also extends to assisting with grief issues.

Before the concert, trust member Cynthia Ward wished everyone a great evening, and said the show was mostly about the children. She said about 150 children and their families has attended the sound check earlier in the day and it was wonderful to see how much joy the Finns music could bring, and to see people enjoying meeting the brothers and getting autographs and photos.

The concert raised $75,000 for the True Colours Trust.

Now back to those hard to please Waikato crowds. This crowd gave the brothers two heartfelt standing ovations, and they deserved them both.