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Southern Songwriters


Fri 16 Dec 2011, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Boathouse, 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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Southern Songwriters - 3 of the S.I.'s finest writers.

Early December sees three South Island based songwriters combine their talents for a short tour of Nelson and Golden Bay. The Southern Songwriters are Liam Ryan (The Narcs), Aly Cook and Dean Heatherington (The Coalrangers).

Ryan made his name as a songwriter playing keyboards with gold record and Tui award winners The Narcs with whom he wrote a number of singles which charted in the 1980s: “You Took Me Heart and Soul’, “Diamonds on China” and “Missing In Action”. He has also had success writing singles for other artists including Midge Marsden (“One Wheel In The Sand”). He has since had a long career as a producer with two solo albums and has been a sideman playing alongside international artists such as US guitarist Robben Ford and UK bluesman Long John Baldry. In the early 1990s he worked regularly in Hollywood and was signed to Criterion Publishing who also had in their stable Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Lyle Lovett.

Aly Cook is about to record her second album after a critically acclaimed first album “Brand New Day”” which was released this year.


Ryan and Cook will be joined by multi instrumentalist and Coal Ranger Dean Heatherington…


The trio will be joined on the three dates by Nelson session drummer Simon Terril.

Ryan and Cook have been working together off and on for over 20 years making connections when they were both working deep in the Auckland music scene. Both are now resident in Tasman.

“We are looking forward to working together again and adding Dean’s incredible musicianship to the mix”, says Ryan. “The song is the basic unit of work for musicians – this is a chance for us to celebrate our own songs and the songs of some of great songwriters that have inspired us”.

The Southern Songwriters play:

Moutere Inn, Friday Dec 9
Mussel Inn, Saturday December 10
The Boathouse, Friday December 16

For more information please contact Liam Ryan: 021 0421 322,