Marc Hunter Anniversary Show: Satellite Lounge Saturday July 14, 2018

A group of Melbourne-based musicians delivered a show Saturday night to celebrate Marc's life & his long career in music. The band including Kiwi bass player Roger McLachlan was excellent. Of the five singers the stand-outs were Mick Pealing (from Stars), Joe Creighton and the keyboard player in this band, Michael Oliphant. Joe, as a … Continue reading Marc Hunter Anniversary Show: Satellite Lounge Saturday July 14, 2018

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Marc Hunter: 20 years since his death

It was 20 years ago; on July 17, 1998 when Marc died. He had a great voice & the Dragon music he helped to make brings as much delight today as it did when it first came out. Marc grew up in Taumaranui in a household where music was often heard. After completing high school … Continue reading Marc Hunter: 20 years since his death

DoubleShot of Blues at the Ascot Vale Hotel Saturday June 16, 2018

It was a freezing night & the night Australia was playing France in the World Cup. The game was being shown live on a screen beside the stage where the band played. The crowd was small & were occasionally distracted by the football (soccer). I observed moments when both John Williams & Michael Emmerling (the … Continue reading DoubleShot of Blues at the Ascot Vale Hotel Saturday June 16, 2018

Stars at Basement Discs lunchtime today: Friday April 27, 2018

In the last few months I have heard sooooo much about this recently re-formed band but had never seen them until today. Country-rock band Stars originally formed in Adelaide in the 70s. Not long after they began Roger McLachlan joined them on bass. The current line-up Mick Pealing, Mal Eastick, Glyn Dowding and Roger played … Continue reading Stars at Basement Discs lunchtime today: Friday April 27, 2018

Field, See & Mason (Lindsay Field; Sam See & Glyn Mason) at the Royal Oak Sunday April 22, 2018

It seems ages since I have seen all three in action. And I guess it was back in January. I had seen the Pardoners play since but that is just Glyn & Sam. The three of them were in fine fettle, delivering a wider repertoire of songs and they were all in brilliant form vocally. … Continue reading Field, See & Mason (Lindsay Field; Sam See & Glyn Mason) at the Royal Oak Sunday April 22, 2018

A New Zealand moment: Dragon at the Womad Festival, Bowl of Brooklands

The Bowl of Brooklands sits in a stunning natural setting within Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, the closest city to Waitara where original Dragon member Todd Hunter was born early in the 1950s. My recall of going to family friendly shows there as a teenager in the early '60s was the calm of the little … Continue reading A New Zealand moment: Dragon at the Womad Festival, Bowl of Brooklands