Joint effort

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The vinyl release of Cut will again be a cooperation of Zelle Records, Andrew Maitai‘s Powertool Records in Auckland and Bill Direen‘s own label, South Indies. The three labels are not teaming up for the first time to release a Bilders album on vinyl. Last year, they put out Chrysanthemum Storm, to much critical and popular acclaim.



Cut to be released on vinyl

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Kia ora, Zelle whanau!

And our next project iiiiiiiiis …


That’s right: 1994 Bilders album Cut, another criminally overlooked gem from Bill Direen! As I write this I’m listening to the new mix. It sounds fantastic! You’re in for a real treat.

Hei kona mai,


My Bonie Bell

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His art show Collecting & Cataloguing at Potocki Paterson Art Gallery, Wellington, having finished, graphic artist and musician Mark Sharma has started working on the cover design for Dunedin/Edinburgh Robbie Burns comp, My Bonie Bell. The artwork will be based on a painting of Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula, by friend and former bandmate Emma Milburn. Mark Sharma has also contributed musically to the album, in his capacity as one third of The Sharma Brothers, the other two thirds being his brothers Robin (of Port Chalmers trio Seafog) and Aaron (aka AJ) Sharma.

My Bonie Bell will be released as soon as possible, thanks to the generous financial support of all those who contributed to the My Bonie Bell Boosted campaign and thanks to the support of everybody who celebrated Zelle Fest with us at The Crown last August – and everybody else.


New Robbie Burns video from Bill Direen

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Bill Direen has done a video to accompany his Robbie Burns song Oh! 88 that he recorded for the impending Burns comp My Bonie Bell. The song is Bill‘s take on the Robbie Burns poem Elegy On The Year 1788.

Jay Clarkson’s Breathing Cage to play The Wine Cellar

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25 years on, Breathing Cage are lined-up to do two gigs at Auckland’s Wine Cellar in November with all four original members; 18 and 19 November. Click HERE for details and tickets.

Breathing Cage

Vogel Street Party 2017

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Vogel St 2017

With Darryl Baser et al.

Shakes & The Swell Guys at Zelle Fest, 12 August 2017

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Recorded, mixed and made available by Iain Sweetman.