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Don McGlashan goes Solo in the South Island


Fri 7 May 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall, Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Diana Moir

AOTNZ Tour 16 April – 8 May 2010

Don McGlashan, New Zealand Music’s Renaissance Man, starts his South Island Tour in Sam Mahon’s ‘Old Mill’ in North Canterbury and ends at The Gaiety Hall, Akaroa. Between times, he gives shows from one end of the island to the other and both east and west coasts.

This enigmatic and hugely talented performer is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters and artists with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s Top 100 Songs of All Time. ‘Anchor Me’ performed by the Mutton Birds, won the APRA Silver Scroll in 1993, and ‘Bathe in the River’, written for the film ‘No 2’, won the award in 2006.

His tour will include these and other great songs from his repertoire – including items from his two most recent CDs, ‘Warm Hand’ and ‘Marvellous Year’.

About Arts on Tour New Zealand
Based at the historic Arts Centre of Christchurch, Arts on Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The Trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand, the Canterbury Community Trust and Southern Trust and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.

Besides Don McGlashan Solo, the 2010 Arts on Tour programme includes Pacific Curls (March), Adams and Gavin (April), Penny Ashton’s Hot Pink Bits (June), Hot Club Sandwich (July), Antiques Rogue Show (August), Fiona Pears Band (October), and Whirimako Black (November).

Bio (
Don McGlashan was born in Auckland in 1959, studied English and Music at Auckland University, and played French horn and percussion in the Auckland Sinfonia 1979-82.

He was a member of the percussion ensemble From Scratch 1979-86 and was drummer and singer with Auckland agit-punk band Blam Blam Blam 1980-82.

After a year in New York as a drummer with avant-garde dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and formed the innovative music/theatre/film act The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair in 1985. Together with Jennifer Ward-Lealand, they performed at the Edinburgh festival in 1988 and 1989, as well as in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, until disbanding in 1990.

From 1991 until 2002 he was singer and main songwriter in The Mutton Birds.

He has composed numerous soundtracks for television and movies, including among others, Other Halves (NZ 1984), An Angel at my Table (NZ 1990), Cinema of Unease (UK/NZ 1995), Dean Spanley (UK/NZ 2008), and Show of Hands (NZ 2008). He also composed several pieces for Limbs Dance Company.

In 1982, he won the ‘Best Song’ category in the New Zealand Music Awards for the Blam Blam Blam song, ‘Don’t fight it Marsha, its bigger than both of us’, and in 1989, together with Harry Sinclair, received three awards for their work as The Front Lawn.

‘Warm Hand’ was a finalist in the 2006 Album of the Year awards and his work on the album also placed him in the running for the Best Male Solo Artist award.

In 2001, he received a University of Auckland Literary Fellowship for song writing.

Don has also collaborated with other New Zealand musicians, including Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, and Crowded House. He opened solo for Crowded House on their 2008 US and Canada tour, and was part of the recent Neil Finn project, ‘7 World Collide’.