Don McGlashan goes Solo in the North Island

Press Release – Arts on Tour New Zealand

Don McGlashan is back on his bike! Following his cycle accident in March, Don is about to repeat the success of his hugely popular 2010 South Island tour and will present Don McGlashan Solo to North Island audiences.


Don McGlashan goes Solo in the North Island

AOTNZ Tour 12 – 29 May 2011

Don McGlashan is back on his bike! Following his cycle accident in March, Don is about to repeat the success of his hugely popular 2010 South Island tour and will present Don McGlashan Solo to North Island audiences.

Recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters and performers, with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s Top 100 Songs of All Time, this enigmatic and hugely talented artist will present a range of songs from his repertoire, including items from his two most recent CDs, ‘Warm Hand’ and ‘Marvellous Year’.

Itinerary

Thursday 12 May 7.30pm – Hastings
Assembly Room
Hawke’s Bay Opera House
$27, concessions $25, children and groups of 10 or more, $22
Book: www.ticketdirect.co.nz 06 871 5282

Friday 13 May 7pm – Taupo
NZ Clean Energy Centre
223 State Highway 5
$50 Book: www.41above.co.nz or 07 376 8555

Saturday 14 May 7.30pm – New Plymouth
Theatre Royal TSB Showplace
Tickets $20, Table of six $200.00 (includes a bottle of wine & platter)
Book: Ticketmaster@TSB Showplace or 0800 111 999, service fees apply

Friday 20 May 7.30pm – Whangarei
Old Library Arts Centre
$25 Book: Old Library Arts Centre

Saturday 21 May 7.30pm – Kerikeri
Downstairs at the Turner Centre
$29 Book: Turner Centre @ Kerikeri 09 407 0260 www.centakeri.com

Sun 22 May 7.30pm – Whangaroa
Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club $15 on the door

Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm – Opotiki
De Luxe Theatre, Church St
Adult $25 Child $10 Book: The Travel Shop

Thursday 26 May 8pm – Gisborne
Dome Room, Poverty Bay Club
$26 Book: Café 1874

Saturday 28 May 8pm – Hamilton
Telecom Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts University of Waikato
$35 Book: www.ticketek.co.nz 0800 TICKETEK

Sunday 29 May 5pm – Coromandel
Coromandel Area School Hall $25 – concessions available
Book: Coromandel I-site

Don McGlashan
Don was born in Auckland in 1959, studied English and Music at Auckland University, and played French horn and percussion in the Auckland Symphonia (Auckland Philharmonia) 1979-82.

He was a member of the percussion ensemble From Scratch 1979-86 and was drummer and singer with Auckland post pop punk band Blam Blam Blam 1980-82.

After a year in New York as a drummer with avant-garde dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and formed the innovative music/theatre/film act The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair in 1985, adding actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand in 1989. The group performed at the Edinburgh festival in 1988 and 1989, as well as in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, before disbanding in 1990.

From 1991 until 2002 he was singer and main songwriter in The Mutton Birds.

Don has composed numerous soundtracks for television and movies, including An Angel at my Table (NZ 1990), Cinema of Unease (UK/NZ 1995), Dean Spanley (UK/NZ 2008), and Show of Hands (NZ 2008). He also composed several pieces for Limbs Dance Company.

In 1982, Don won the ‘Best Song’ category in the New Zealand Music Awards for the Blam Blam Blam song, ‘Don’t fight it Marsha, its bigger than both of us’, and in 1989, together with Harry Sinclair, received three awards for their work as The Front Lawn. ‘Warm Hand’ was a finalist in the 2006 Album of the Year awards and his work on the album also placed him in the running for the Best Male Solo Artist award.

In 2001, he received a University of Auckland Literary Fellowship for song writing and in 2002 he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate.

Don opened solo for Crowded House on their 2008 US, Canada, European and Australian tours, and was part of the Neil Finn project ‘7 Worlds Collide’.

Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts.

ENDS

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