Herbs Release Anniversary Film

Willie Now

Long ago… when I was a budding photographer I had a go at doing some portraits for some friends. It didn’t work out that well so I concentrated on making exposures, candid portraits of people taken doing their everyday stuff, unaware of the camera, and much more revealing that any posed shot I could conjure up. One of those early projects was when Willie Hona was trying to break out. I knew him through Niki Hona who was the sister of my old mate Robbie Van de Lisdonk. . . . → Read More: Herbs Release Anniversary Film

Annual Concert, 2019

A fair few things have happened since my last yearly concert. The circle of performers from Whakatane has grown immensely and The Fuzztards have become a regular gig for me. With the weekly Open Mic nights at The Office Bar and Grill I’ve met many new local musicians. This year I was able to feature a lot more of that local talent at the festival plus I was happy to welcome back some of our regulars as well. . . . → Read More: Annual Concert, 2019

Concert Review : Moone, Litt Park Theatre, Te Puke, September 28, 2018

, Moone Live Sept 28, 2018

We first met Moone at a Whakatane Open Mic session one Thursday night. She grabbed the nearest guitar and played 3 songs. That was it for me. I asked her to come and sing at my annual concert in February 2018 and she jumped at the chance. By this time she’d been joined by Tauranga guitar whiz Phil Reha who knew exactly what to play under Moone’s voice. Fast forward to September 2018 and we’ve got a single and video to release at the intimate venue of The Litt Park Theatre in Te Puke. About 200 close supporters, family and friends crammed in to see and hear Moone’s big debut. And she blew us all away. . . . → Read More: Concert Review : Moone, Litt Park Theatre, Te Puke, September 28, 2018

Old Demos – Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More – Steely Dan

I recorded this about 22 years ago in my dining room studio in Clendon . . . → Read More: Old Demos – Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More – Steely Dan

The Importance Of Being Eno

There are a couple of songs that were game changers for me. As a kid I saw The Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night and the idea of girls chasing me down the street had great appeal and I thought I should be in a band some day. So every time I hear that first chord I am reminded of that moment. . . . → Read More: The Importance Of Being Eno

It’s Bigger Than Texas

These annual parties/concerts have been going on now since my old band mates from the late 70’s Dave Arrowsmith and Warren Cate and I dusted off some of our old punk rock songs, put a small vocal PA on the front deck at Waikaretu and used bedside lamps to light the way so we didn’t fall over each other. Every year they get a little bigger, and a lot better. . . . → Read More: It’s Bigger Than Texas

Rewiring the telecaster

It was time to install some pickups in an old telecaster… . . . → Read More: Rewiring the telecaster

Vale Lou Reed

I knew he was sick, but I started to think he was never going to die. But he died. Age 71. He leaves behind a body of work that is stunning in it’s depth and width. I don’t have a favorite song or album or era. I just have a favorite artist. Still. Vale Lou Reed. . . . → Read More: Vale Lou Reed

A Good Heart

I hear a lot of stories I suppose they could be true All about love And what it can do to you Highest risk of striking out The risk of getting hurt And still I have so much to learn . . . → Read More: A Good Heart

“Not Another Love Song”

I said I would probably go home and write another song for my next album (tentatively titled Featherston Street). John looked at me in that heavy metal look and said ‘not another a love song?’ I said it might be. “The last thing this world needs is another fu$#ing love song’ he said. My initial reply was “That’s going to be the title” Here is my full reply… . . . → Read More: “Not Another Love Song”