Cassandra's Ears Profile

Murray Cammick
14 Oct 2013

All-girl group Cassandra’s Ears met while studying in Dunedin, and were influenced by the Flying Nun sound. The group formed in 1985 when Jan Hellriegel decided to play at the Dunedin Women’s Festival.

She asked friends seated at an Otago University Cafe table to form a band with her. “They learned to play their instruments in two weeks,” wrote Matthew Hyland in RipItUp (December 1988). 

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Cassandra's Ears, L to R: Flick Rhind, Venessa Anich, Leanne Ibell, Jan Hellriegel, Zan Wright
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Cassandra's Ears in Dunedin in the mid 1980s
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Cassandra's Ears outside Auckland's Wintergarden
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The successful 1987 funding application by Cassandra's Ears to the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The full document can be found here.
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The reunion flyer, 2010
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Cassandra's Ears, Dunedin, 1986. L to R: Jan Hellriegel, Venessa Anich, Megan Millar, Leanne Ibell, Flick Rhind
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Cassandra's Ears in Dunedin
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Cassandra's Ears at the Colville Hall in Coromandel, probably early 1989
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Jan Hellriegel, Zan Wright, Venessa Anich, Golconda Tavern in Coromandel on tour with Straitjacket Fits - 7 January 1989
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Silver Sheen
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L to R: Flick Rhind, Zan Wright, Venessa Anich, Leanne Ibell, Jan Hellriegel
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Jan Hellriegel, Venessa Anich, Flick Rhind, Megan Millar, Sarah MacNab
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Cassandra's Ears
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Cassandra's Ears with Jan out front in a kitchen somewhere in Dunedin
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Christchurch Press, July 1987
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Cassandra's Ears in their Dunedin practice room
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A 1986 Rock Against Reagan poster featuring Cassandra's Ears at Chippendale House
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Members:

Jan Hellriegel - guitar, vocals

Venessa Anich - drums

Leanne Ibell - guitar

Zan McKendree Wright - backing vocals, percussion

Felicity Morgan Rhind - bass

Sarah MacNab - backing vocals, percussion

Megan Miller - guitar

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Trivia:

Jan Hellriegel would go on to become a major player in the New Zealand music industry and now heads the largest independent music publisher in NZ