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An Evening of Poetry & Laughter - Sam Hunt & Gary McCormick


Sat 10 Nov 2012, 8:30pm–1:00am

Where: The Mangawhai Tavern, 2 Moir St, Mangawhai, Kaipara

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Show Only : $27.00 ($25.00 + $2.00 fees)
  • Dinner & Show: $47.00 ($45.00 + $2.00 fees)
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Listed by: Mangawhai Tavern

An Evening of Poetry & Laughter with Legends Sam Hunt & Gary McCormick.

Sam Hunt and Gary Mccormick On the Road.

Sam Hunt celebrated his 66th birthday on July 4th (American Independence Day) with a new collection of poems. Knucklebones - Poems 1962-2012 appeared in shops on the 4th of August.

“Fifty years of the little buggers!” he says.

Assisted by old mate Gary McCormick, Hunt briefly taught at Mana College in Porirua, where McCormick was head boy. Hunt will do a show at the beautiful Mangawhai Tavern on Saturday 10th of November.

“Sam was a very conspicuous presence upon the stage among the other teachers at morning assembly,” says McCormick. “The coat and trousers were a bit on the short side and he had the first pair of very pointed boots, I had ever seen.”

The pair were put together for a tour in the late seventies, by what was then the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council. The tour which continued for about three years.

“They were magical days on the Kiwi pub circuit,” recalls McCormick. “Pubs were full of great bands – and poetry six days a week. In my mind it was a blur of great parties and breeze block wall motels.”

The pair re-united for the Roaring Forties tour in the early nineties – the subject a of a large book and a television documentary.

When not on the road, Sam continues to haunt remote parts – currently the salt river, Arapaoa, of the Kaipara, where he lives with his younger son, Alf.

“The show is about life on the road. Lots of outrageous stories mixed with the poems and jokes!”