She was born in Papua New Guinea, and spent her early years in PNG and New Zealand before settling in Australia.
I’ve been lucky enough to see her a number of times live over the past 10 years. The first time was as a guest vocalist with Paul Mac at the Great Escape in 2006. Our jaws dropped with amazement at the powerhouse vocals being blasted out by this dramatic performer.
It would be another 4 years or so before we got to see Ngaiire again, this time at the Peats Ridge Festival in 2010. It was a scorching summers day, a day that matched the performance of the songstress. It was absolutely roasting, a Dante’s inferno type of day, but Ngaiire still rocked it out loud and hard.
In 2012 a residency at The Newsagency was a privilege to witness. It was an opportunity to try out new material in a venue which respects the artist. New songs were heard for the first time and older songs were reworked in this fabulous venue.
Finally the debut album ‘Lamentations’ was released in 2013, produced by her long-time mentor Paul Mac. It had favourable reviews and Ngaiire embarked on a national tour, with many sold out gigs.
The follow-up album ‘Blastoma’ has just been released, to rave reviews. It seems that after 10+ years that Ngaiire is getting the recognition her talent and effort deserves.