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The Svens - a 15 piece Wellington pop orchestra with strings and choir, are back to play 10 songs about NZ, the laid-back land of catastrophe, as part of the NZ Fringe Festival.

This one hour show at the Preservatorium on the 24th, 25th and 26th February, will be accompanied by giant multimedia visuals.

It's the annual outing of this cult ensemble and one not to be missed.

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Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga are from from Lyall bay Wellington and have released two acclaimed mixed media album/books. 2010's Songs From the Bottom of a Hilltop (double album and illustrated 80 pp book) and 2014's The Almanac (108pp illustrated book and 5 albums on an orange USB drive attached to a flyswat).

The Sven's are the brainchild of Nigel Beckford who writes the lyrics and works up the music with Clyde Clemett and Cath Haley.

The Svens gather most Sundays with a revolving cast of live players, including: Nigel Beckford (songs, words, book writing, singing, guitar, keyboard/electronics), Clyde Clemett (guitars), Kath Gebbie (violin), Janet Thomson (singing), Megan Brownlie (flute), Dave Currie (bass) Mike (mandolin), Cath Haley (keyboards, guitar, singing), Mike Hogan (mandolin), Tim Robinson (drums/percussion), Amanda White (Vocals), Sarah Donovan (singing), Heather Miller (violin), Bethnay Miller (vocals), Roger Miller (vocals), Emily Bacon (cello), Mike Fitzsimons (singing), Joel Miller (viola), Mike Fitzsimons (vocals), Andy Tate (mandolin), Nina Tate (cello), Mike Hogan (mandolin), Brenton and Belinda Veitch (cello and violin), Lee Gibson (violin), Annabelle McIntyre (singing), Grant Hannis (trumpet),Ged Taylor (multimedia), and John Fletcher (piano/keyboards).

Sven Olsen, Sven Olsen's Brutal Canadian Love Saga