Faith In Human Nature Restored

Thanks to the huge generosity of supporters the SB 12 string has arrived. It was made by Steve Barkman to replace the one that was stolen and surpasses even my highest expectations. Once it became clear that there were the funds to support us we gave the thumbs up for the finishing touches. There was a shortfall which was covered by my brother Paul who visited Steve recently and made the way clear. To cut a long story short…Anthony Skegg…my … Continue reading Faith In Human Nature Restored

If you need help just ask

We are getting used to consuming instant, ready-mix, rehash entertainment, Like a river flowing out of wide screens, Endless Home Box Office films and series deliver violence, sex, and psychotic fantasies of the highest production value but devoid of any real nourishment. HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT THE BOX OR THE OFFICE Who has the gumption to ask for simple, live original music played in their own space? It’s direct and intimate, and without the general craziness we have come to see … Continue reading If you need help just ask

SB 12 is now ready

It is with great pleasure that I can report that Steve Barkman has completed work on a replacement for my 12-string guitar. You will (remember when) _the last one got stolen_ ages ago and the media got involved trying to find it. For a long time now I have been answering the same question over and over: “Did you ever find it?”

We finally have a solution, and it is a brand spanking new Mk3. The old Mk1 reached a point … Continue reading SB 12 is now ready

How About That Then


The good news is that the St James Auckland is open again. The bad news is it closes in March 2016 for three years while a 39 story apartment block gets built next to it. That gives us a little window to do shows there. Go have a look. The doors are open daily and you are invited to walk around (and a cafe has setup.) “How about that then?” Reminds me of when my son was heading for the grand old … Continue reading How About That Then

Everything we do is part of the art

There is a Billy Apple exhibition on in Auckland My friend Clive rates him highly Clive pointed out to me that everything we do is part of the art The artist himself is a brand and everything he does makes up that brand The thing I really like about Billy is this …that the artist himself IS the art So everything he does is relevant There is no real point in trying to hide behind a thin veneer of bling … Continue reading Everything we do is part of the art

What a gravy train

Last night my good friend Nev Copland gave me a very expensive ticket to the Eagles at Mt Smart. A highlight was when the crowd chimed in on Hotel California and seemed to know every word of it. The ticket prices were insane. I had no idea that the showbiz world had managed to schmoooze so much hard earned bread out of ardent punters. Would you pay 700 plus for a ticket? Even a cheap seat was close to 150. … Continue reading What a gravy train

In your wildest dreams the real life stories of the street

You could not script it in your wildest dreams the real life stories of the street. Things happen that you just don’t understand. Like the guy on the pushbike who does a wheelstand riding full speed down Queen St block after block. He does this often. Why? Who knows? Or the guy who forever checks out the bins going about his quest in the manner of a professional he is retrieving left over drinks to top up the paper cup … Continue reading In your wildest dreams the real life stories of the street