I first met Charlotte Yates about 15 years ago, one of the very first people I interviewed. Since then she’s continued to write and record solo albums, to teach music, and to develop inspiring, enduring projects based around the written words of some of New Zealand’s best-known poets. As chief wrangler and artistic director she created the amazing Baxter album which went on to success as an Arts Festival show Next was Tuwhare and then Ihimaera. Before all of that she was in a band called When The Cat’s Been Spayed (with Robin Nathan and Jackie Clarke).
So this was a chance to sit down with Charlotte and catch up on the last 15 years – all of the projects, including a plug for the upcoming 10th Anniversary show of Tuwhare. She has some wonderful stories around making music and working with so many of New Zealand’s greatest writers and musicians. She talks too about the frustrations of being billed as “female singer/songwriter” or “female guitarist”.
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I hope you like episode 36 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Charlotte Yates.