Charlotte Yates Profile

Nick Bollinger
20 Jul 2017

In a professional musical career of nearly three decades, Charlotte Yates has worn a number of hats, both literally and figuratively. She was part of the comic-musical trio When The Cat’s Been Spayed, with their fruit-festooned headgear and high-camp renditions of Kiwiana classics such as ‘Taumarunui On the Main Trunk Line’.

She conceived and directed the large-scale recording and stage projects Baxter, Tuwhare and Ihimaera, based around the works of three of this country’s major literary figures. She has managed festivals and worked in different roles as an arts professional. 

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Charlotte Yates - Given Up
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Singer-songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker with Charlotte Yates in the early 2000s 
Photo credit: Annelies van der Poel
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Charlotte Yates, 2016
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Charlotte Yates - Falling Down
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The tribute compilation album to Witi Ihimaera produced by Charlotte Yates, 2011
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Charlotte Yates: a promo photo for the Dead Fish Beach album, 2001
Photo credit: Annelies van der Poel
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The Desire & The Contempt album, Charlotte Yates, 1997
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Charlotte Yates
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Dead Fish Beach by Charlotte Yates, 2001
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Charlotte Sometimes flyer, designed by Phil Kelly, 1991
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Charlotte Yates in Putty In her Hands, Victoria University of Wellington, late 1980s
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Charlotte Yates, 2016
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The tribute compilation album to Hone Tuwhare, produced by Charlotte Yates, 2007
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Charlotte Yates, Charlotte Sometimes, early 1990
Photo credit: Polly Walker
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The James K Baxter compilation produced by Charlotte Yates, 2000
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CHarlotte Yates - The Ruins of Love
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Curtain call at the concert marking the 10th anniversary of the Tuwhare album, December 2016.
Photo credit: Brady Dyer
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Then the Stars Start Singing, Charlotte Yates's 2017 album
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Charlotte Yates wrote bimonthly for NZ Musician from 1999 to 2001, then ran songwriting workshops for NZ Music Commission ad hoc from 2003 to 2013, and runs a songwriting coaching service/resource at songdoctor.co.nz.

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