Duets combines the voices of Steve and Ainsley, the guitar expertise of Steve backed by rhythm guitar and the occasional whistle and flute from Ainsley. We sing songs from the sixties and seventies, with a few tossed in from other decades: mostly love songs and mostly duets. We sing covers from the last 60 years - pop songs, traditional folk songs, blues, a bit of soul, and a few of our own tossed in the mix. You will hear songs you know and love – from Frank Sinatra, to the Beatles, from the Eagles to Carol King.We play regularly as a duet in cafes, halls, churches, prisons, schools, and at house concerts, traveling anywhere we are invited. Depending on the requirements of the venue and of the audience we sing a variety of covers and a selection of our own music from six albums recorded over the last twenty five years. For your interest a selection of covers is listed below. 

 Steve Apirana is one of the finest gospel musicians currently working in Australasia. He is a gifted communicator, highly skilled guitarist and vocalist, with an extraordinary sense of humour. Specialising in blues and gospel, he has played alongside Daddy Cool, Black Sabbath, Split Ends, Osibisa, Fairport Convention and Average White Band, as part of the seventies band Butler. He was one of The Velvettes, sixties spoof rock band from Christchurch and has toured solo for more than twenty years as far afield as the UK, USA, and Europe. Steve captivates audiences in a way that very few can. His honesty, self - depreciating humour and excellent musicianship has audiences totally absorbed. He has released four albums over the many years of his career, the latest, This Wretched Man, in November 2011.

 Ainsley is mostly known from her performances with Steve but is herself a singer and songwriter. She recorded her first album, Autumn in 2001 and has just released a new album – Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares. Ainsley joins Steve with vocals, guitar, whistles and flutes.

Together our aim is to encourage and uplift. Our stories and songs tell of thirty years as musicians on the road, thirty years of marriage and all the triumphs and struggles we have met along the way.


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