Tocker & Yates: Touring
By Tony Parker
October 2000 saw talented singer/songwriters Mahinarangi Tocker and Charlotte Yates combine for a successful national tour that had both women performing material from their vast back catalogues. 'Touring' is a document of sorts that reflects the material performed on that tour with 12 of their best songs recorded live at Marmalade Studios featuring just Tocker and Yates on guitar, piano and percussion. It's an intimate acoustic performance that highlights the natural empathy the duo has and results in a warm and relaxed recording. Lyrically cover much the same ground as they focus on the ups and downs of life's relationships and realities in an intelligent and sometimes humorous manner. This record was created in response to a demand for the music Tocker and Yates performed on tour and should please fans while also serving as an excellent introduction for those who are new to this talented pair's work.