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Sat 12 Nov 2011, 8:00pm

Where: Titirangi Beach Hall, 1 Aydon Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $5.00
  • Non-members: $8.00
  • Under 18 years: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: TFMC

Presented by TFMC. At the tender age of 12 John McGowan joined the St Cuthbert's Grammar School choir standing next to someone later known as Sting. This musical experience, together with Sunday morning visits to his Uncle George, who played piano for the silent movies, began a lifelong passion for playing, performing, writing and enjoying music.

Getting involved in the folk scene in Newcastle as a teen lead to particular fondness for Geordie folk and self taught skills in banjo, guitar and whistle soon ensued. John became quite well-known in the folk scene in the North East of England and when he emigrated to NZ at 26 discovered Poles Apart and the renowned Frank Winter.

John is, or has been, a member of a variety of bands including Twisty Willow, Celtic Fusion, Findrias, Paddy Mack, Blacksmith, Leaping Lizards and The Maritime Crew; as well as a major part of the original cast of North to South. A dance caller and session musician, John also dabbled in musical theatre and can often be heard playing rock n roll late at night during folk festivals. Infamous for his part in the home brew sessions both at the Auckland Folk Festival and Hamsterfest, John can always be relied upon to share a brew and a song.

John's self-penned songs include the well-known "Festival Song" as well as more poignant stories from the heart. John's stage presence is always commanding, polished, and hilarious.

Floorsingers first half.

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