Tongue and Groove

For more than a decade, Tongue and Groove has consistently been considered one of the premier live bands in Auckland performing for celebrity occasions, company events, wedding receptions and private parties New Zealand wide.

With Zara's stunning soul-sounding vocals (originally from award winning NZ band Deep Obsession), Bruce on sax and Stewart on keys, Tongue and Groove perform a wide range of songs to satisfy all age groups, and play only well known songs that everyone loves ranging across 5 decades. Tongue and Groove are very experienced in choosing the music that will work best to achieve a full dance floor and very adept at reading the audience mood and creating the right cover music mix for their enjoyment.

If your budget’s tight, they recommend the option of hiring Tongue and Groove as a 3 piece band. You will still get the great sound they are famous for....Remember, they always get that dance floor full!

If the occasion calls for it, they are equally adept at performing soft jazz and well known ballads. This is especially suitable for the early dining part of your evening

The Band:

Zara Clark
Zara has made NZ history by becoming the first NZ songwriter to achieve number one with her first 3 singles in the late 90's. She was recognised for this achievement in May 2015 at the NZ Official Music Charts Awards and given the award for the “Most No.1 Songs By A NZ Artist”. Zara has performed extensively around the world including tours with Hanson, S-Club 7, Vengaboys and Five. Her strong soulful voice and unique vocal style will impress everyone.

Bruce French
Saxophone / Vocals
Awarded the "Variety Artists Club 2013 Top Musician Award", Bruce French is recognised as one of New Zealand's most respected sax players. A professional musician for most of his life, Bruce has performed with a wide variety of top NZ artists. Bruce’s wonderful sax solos and great vocals make him a popular focal point in the band. His skill as a bass player, and his production abilities in the studio, are utilised to help give Tongue & Groove its great live sound.

Stewart Hunt
Stewart is the musical hub of the Tongue and Groove wheel, performing with his three keyboards and sequencer to provide the band with its full-bodied sound. Stewart’s keys enable the band to sound like an orchestra if required – something not all four piece bands can do!
Stewart is also a professional Broadcaster / MC, and has broadcast on Auckland radio on and off for nearly 20 years – great, if your MC’s lost his voice!

Charlie now shares the spotlight out front with Zara, to create a whole new dimension to the T and G sound. The combination of Charlie and Zara creates awesome harmony and lead vocals, and makes for a very enticing and sexy look. Charlie and Zara have performed together before as "Deep Obsession" and really know how to work the crowd.

Sample repertoire:
Initial Slowies to Medium
(Some of these may be played)

No One - Alicia Keys
If I Aint Got You - Alicia Keys
You Might Need Somebody - Shola Ama
Shadow Feet - Brooke Fraser
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Don't Know Why
Look Of Love
Smooth Operator - Sade
People Get Ready
Moondance - Van Morrison
Something Stupid
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
It Had To Be You
We're In This Love Together
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Best Of My Love
Your Love Is King - Sade
Rapture - Blondie
Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Dance Songs

We Are Family
Jump - Van Halen
Dancing Queen - ABBA
I Love the Nightlife
Old Time Rock 'n'Roll
Signed Sealed Delivered
Do You Believe
Drop The Pilot - Joan Armatrading
Murder On The Dance Floor - Sophie Baxter
Can't Get U Outta My Head
Man, I Feel Like A Woman
Get The Party Started
Loveshack - B52s
I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna
Leave Me Alone - Pink
La Bamba
It's Raining Men
Cracklin' Rose
Waterloo - ABBA
Disco Inferno
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Walking On Sunshine - KC and The Sunshine Band
Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Moving On Up
Take Your Mama Out
I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry
Lets Get Loud - J'Lo
Hot Hot Hot
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
I'm Outta Love - Air Supply
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers
I'm a Believer - Monkees
Brown Eyed Girl
If This Ain't Love
Dance the night away - The Mavericks
Lady Marmalade
Bring / Sing It Back
April Sun In Cuba - Dragon
Oh What A Night (Dec 1963)
Build Me Up Buttercup
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day - Morcheeba
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Nutbush City - Tina Turner
Lost In Love
Mustang Sally
Say A Little Prayer
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis
Brown Sugar
Don't Stop thinking about tomorrow - Fleetwood Mac
I'll Say Goodbye Even Tho I'm Blue - Exponents

Hi Robyn
Tongue and Groove were great thank you.
Warm regards
Auckland Transport
Awards Evening

Hi Pete, 
The band was really good, please pass on my thanks to them as they did a really good job.
Thanks again for all of your help.
Tammy Tarr

Thank you for your follow up – all was great and as usual T & G a great band dancing started straight away and they didn’t want it to end.
Please thank them

Great service – so glad to have a one stop shop – I have been out of the business foe a couple of years so it was fantastic to have such an easy way to choose the entertainment for my function .
Best regards
Julia Nicolson
Forum Consulting

Hi Pete
Tongue & Grove were superb.
Exactly the right band for our function, evidenced by the number of people still dancing at the finish.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks
Kingsley Wood
First Glass Wines 

Thank you, yes the band was a success. Appreciate your assistance.
Julia Clancy
Eden Event Management Limited

Thank you Pete McGregor Entertainment for your excellent service throughout the planning of my wedding. Tongue and Groove were fantastic ..once the band started the dancefloor was the place to be and not once through the evening was there no one dancing. So many of our friends and family commented on how great the band was.
I would and have already recommended your services to a number of people searching for the right entertainment for thier event- you guys helped us to put on a fabulous wedding. Thank you so much!!!
Nicky Stanners
P.S. I am more than happy for you to use the above comments to post on your website.

Hi Kellie,
The band Tongue & Groove is extremely good and very well received - the dancing went from the first few notes.
I was a tad annoyed when they took a break when I had discussed no break to which they agreed to. Lost at least, if not more of the crowd during that break, however one of the female singers - who were brilliant, was thoroughly pregnant so probably not surprised to see her struggling after an hour.
For our type of function they can be highly recommended.
Many thanks for your help.
Kingsley Wood
NZ International Wine Show
Charlie produced a healthy young boy exactly one week after this event. On
the night of this event, we did actually warn the client that we would need
a break after an hour because of Charlie's pregnancy. This is no longer an
issue due to the fact that our singer is no longer pregnant.
Thanks very much,
Bruce French

Tongue and Groove were excellent and very professional and kept our lot on their feet until the close.
Adrian Mattinson
Aggregate and Quarry Association’

yes they were fantastic.

They were so fabulous - everyone loved them - totally professional, completely and outrageously talented - thank you and please pass our thanks onto them - they were so so good.
Paula Yeatman

Hi Kellie
The band was great and everyone there loved them. We will definitely keep your website in mind for future events.
Best wishes for a wonderful festive season.
Sue Stokes
Northern Region
Harcourts Group Ltd

Hi Pete
The night went well and the band Tongue & Groove were well received. We will use them again when the next opportunity arises.
Many thanks
Jane Paape
Events Manager

Hi there Pete
many thanks for this follow up: Tongue andGroove were absolutely fantastic and the guests enjoyed them immensely.
I shall keep in touch for future entertainment.
many thanks and very kind regards
Angela Oliver
Landmark Travel

Hi Pete
Tongue and Groove were fabulous, the party rocked and we have had compliment after compliment about them.
They really made the evening great. Please pass my thanks on to the band
Thank you
Jocelyn Nesbit

The team from Tongue and Groove where great, thanks very much

Dear Pete
The feedback I have had this morning is great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and said the band was wonderful. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Dear Pete
Tongue and Groove were great! We have had so many compliments this year - thank you. Please could you pass on our thanks and praise to Bruce and his band.
Many thanks
Ports Of Auckland

thanks for organising this.
We all had a good night.
Liz Bell
Marketing, Communications

Hi Pete
Yes once again you came up Trumps. The band tongue and groove were very professional. The lead singer had a fantastic voice and soon had the crowd up dancing. They played just the sort of music to suit the mixed audience that we had and everyone said that they were a great band. thanks once gain for all your help. have a great Christmas.
Oakes, NZ Refinery

Hi Pete
They were superb and good value thank you rgds
Leanne Ryburn

Hi Pete
The band and the function was a great success! Everyone had a wonderful time and said the band played great tunes.
Stone - Brookfields

The Purpose of this note is to thank you for your excellent work at our recent Pinehurst School Ball
As you know, we had a great night and a large part of that was due to your music. The type of music fitted our requirements perfectly and your willingness to work with our schedule was fantastic. The feedback has been amazing with many people asking that we have the same band next year - so pencil us in for 
Sherida Penman-Walters
Pinehurst School

Thank you for joining us on the evening of our Go Holidays 2001 annual awards.
The staff had an absolute ball with only one complaint - that the evening ended too soon with so many songs left to play. Your band was fabulous and what a great team. Whew! The boss was very impressed with my choice so I get to keep my job until the next awards come around anyway!!!
Tnak you so much for being available for our special evening. What a way to end the night with Tongue & Groove.
Go Holidays

I just wanted to formally thank Tongue & Groove for helping to make our conference dinner a complete success. I have been attanding AAANZ conferences for some time and I cannot think of any band that has been better than Tongue & Groove. The mix of songs and the quality of the sound were terrific, and I think that you only had tp look at the faces of the people dancing (and listening) to know that they were having a great time.
I wish you and your band all the best for the future, and if you ever cut an album, I will be one of the first to buy it!
Professor Steven Caham
Past President Accounting Assoc of Australia & NZ

Just a short note to thank you and the rest of Tongue & Groove for the wonderful night we had on Friday night. Our group loves to party (as you saw) and you were just magic. Moulon Rouge topped it off _ the icing on the cake.
Janet Danks
UBIX Executive Officers Conference

Hi Pete
Thanks for your fax. The function at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron (TYCO) was a great success, as were the band! They may not have been a dancing crowd but I know they enjoyed the music.
Regards Dianne Chester ID Tours

Pete,both Tongue & Groove and Guy were outstanding and made the evening a huge success.Thank you for your professional service and I certainly will be using your company in the future.
Please pass onto the band and to Guy my sincere thanks,kind regards,
Gordon Gibbons
Lion Nathan 

Hi Pete,
We had a brilliant day thanks. Tongue and Groove were sensational and everyone had a great time. I'll drop Stewart a line separately to say thanks to him, Shannon and Dave.
Best wishes,
Sally Laws 

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