With three New Zealand Music Awards between them, Toru promise dazzling string artistry with guitars, bouzouki, fiddle and percussion.
Toru re-ignites the glowing embers of a 25-year musical association between Denny Stanway, James Wilkinson and Davy Stuart from Rua, the legendary Christchurch Celtic band formed by Denny's husband, the late Jimmy Young.
The acclaimed vocal arrangements pay tribute to varied heritage and other New Zealand music heroes. Stanway-Young and Wilkinson collaborated with songwriters Mahinarangi Tocker and Shona Laing.
The work of Wilkinson, a virtuoso guitarist and fretless bassist and composer, straddles multiple genres including Celtic, folk, blues and rock.
Most importantly, Crossing Borders reflects the music that moves these musicians. “From original NZ songwriters to old Celtic ballads, we cross genres within a sound that is strongly acoustic strings-based with rhythms from the Irish drum, the Bodhran and vocal arrangements featuring all of the band.”
Australian virtuoso violinist Lindsay Martin is a member of Toru when available and from his studio in Australia, is currently working with Davy Stuart to add fiddle to Toru’s latest CD. He too will ‘cross borders’ to add violin and mandolin to the mix.
Denny Stanway: - “...the consummate singer”; “...a voice you won’t forget”; “...a true diva of song” - vocalist for the groundbreaking early 80’s Auckland based group Acoustic Confusion, supporting act to Don McLean, performer at numerous NZ arts festivals, folk festivals and WOMAD ….has recorded with Shona Laing and Mahinarangi Tocker
James Wilkinson: - virtuoso guitarist, fretless bassist, singer/songwriter, composer - his music straddles multiple genres such as Celtic, folk, blues and rock, often with a nod to the quirky and avant garde - a modern day troubadour
Davy Stuart: - skilled guitar and bouzouki player, noted for his Chamber Music and AOTNZ tours with harpist, Helen Webby. Internationally renowned luthier – on this tour, all four musicians will play instruments made by Davy