Country performer Fred Renata to play at Snells Beach

Maungaturoto country music singer-songwriter Fred Renata will perform “slide guitar-tinged songs”  at the Little & Local Coffee Kitchen in Snells Beach on Friday, November 1.

Fred says the songs will focus on the themes of place and being.

“I like to write songs that look at who we are, where we are and what we have done,” he says.

“It’s important in this life to know these things, they help us to establish a sense of belonging.”
In addition to writing and performing songs, Fred is also an accomplished sound engineer and cinematographer.

His Shaky Studio, set up in a warehouse next to where he lives, has recorded bands and soloists, including Caitlin Smith and poet David Meritt.

His work as a director of photography has included music videos, commercials and multiple episodes of teen hit Being Eve.  

He has also shot numerous documentaries, often with Maori themes.

He recently recorded the album Southern Utopia based on demos he originally recorded in the mid-1980s.

Promoter Mark Raffills says it’s nice to see Fred returning to his country roots for the Little & Local gig.

“It’s been a while since I first heard Fred singing back in his old home town of Tokoroa. Like a good red wine, he gets better and better with time,” he says.

The show kicks off at 7.30pm with an open-mic session featuring local poets and musicians. Fred will take the stage around 8.15pm for a 40-minute set.

Doors open at 7pm. Admission is $10 at the door. Coffee and counter food will be available.