We were one of the resident bands playing at The Carlton in Newmarket, Auckland in the late 90s - early 2000s. Matt Walshan and David Rawson were with us then.
Janine McKenna-Woodley from TALL POPPIES, in the late 90s, at The Playhouse, Aotea Square, Auckland.
TALL POPPIES Band was the resident Friday night live band at the popular Copper Room pub in Takapuna, Auckland.
Kerry Walker, guitarist / male vocalist for TALL POPPIES Band, at The Copper Room in Takapuna, Auckland.
Both Carlos Miranda and Kerry Walker have been, or still play, guitar and male vocals for TALL POPPIES Band.
Carlos Miranda is our most recent lead male vocalist and guitarist.
HOW WE STARTED
Janine and Rob started TALL POPPIES from their music team at CCC church Manukau. Then the breaks just kept coming! We played for the police APEC
function in 1999 then The Rose & Crown called us to fill in for KICK. We invited other bar owners to that gig and next thing, we were regularly booked at bars all over Auckland! You can see all the pubs we played at by clicking here.
NEW YEAR'S EVES
If you were in Mt Maunganui for the Millennium New Year’s Eve celebration, you would have seen us on the huge outdoor stage, playing to a crowd of over 30 000! We were then invited back there for New Year’s Eve 2001, playing to 35 000! The crowd was so huge that the infamous Mt Maunganui riot happened when TALL POPPIES were instructed to stop playing because of crowd concerns! We also played twice for the Whangamata New Year’s Eve concerts. Still being as popular as ever, TALL POPPIES were invited back for the Mt Maunganui New Year’s Eve concert as recently as 2008!
TALL POPPIES also made TV appearances back in the day, on "Trading Places"; "Inside NZ - Teen Summer Whangamata"; the "Police" documentary at Whangamata and TV1 and TV 3 News for the New Year's Eves at Whangamata and 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 at Mt Maunganui!
LEAD MALE VOCALISTS
TALL POPPIES is excited to announce that our original lead male, the brilliant Kerry Walker, has returned - with Carlos Miranda, of the Auckland Viaduct's Danny Doolan's fame, playing for us when needed! In fact, we've been known to use both of them, as a 6-piece!
More to come ...