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

Where are the best live music venues in Auckland?

My friend Ulrik the guy who hired me to play in Denmark is coming to visit next month. He wants me to show him any clubs in Auckland where live music happens. Anyone out there know of any? One 2 One is a possible…if you can get in the door. It’s always packed. But where else is there? I am out a touch. If you are reading this blog could you do me a favour? Write in and share your … Continue reading Where are the best live music venues in Auckland?

Broken Hallelujah – new film

There will be a screening of Broken Hallelujah this Friday 17th at Rialto Newmarket, with a Q&A after the screening with the film makers, Alastair and Vanessa Riddell and key cast Ben Mitchell and Greg Smith. We really hope you can make it and support the film, look forward to seeing you there. After that you can see it for 3-5 weeks at the cinema. Watch the trailer below. The film includes music by me as a busker. BROKEN HALLELUJAH (Trailer) … Continue reading Broken Hallelujah – new film

Words to live by

My friend Brazier with his baby.  He can sometimes be found in his bookshop in Dominion Rd.  Graham was a founding member of legendary NZ band Hello Sailor. Somehow it is no surprise to find the songwriter of “Billy Bold” and many other songs at home with books and words. The shop abounds with interesting things. Here is a note Graham’s mum typed out many years ago. There are a few differences but most of this comes from a very … Continue reading Words to live by

Hone and his horse

Meet Hone Heke and his horse. They trot into Nelson regular and park up where they will and have been doin so for many moons.  Hone Heke is his name….  But not by birth. (the real Hone Heke is here) This Hone is also thumbing his nose at authority and gaining stature as a monumental misfit , widely despised and marginally loved he offers rides to anyone brave enough to be seen riding high on his cart. Nelson is a … Continue reading Hone and his horse

My new glass guitar slide

After playing at the Tui Community in Takaka I called into STONE ARROW JEWELLERY which is located on the property and asked the owner Nick Feint if he could make me a slide for my guitar. He immediately asked me to select a bottle that might work and suggested 42 below Vodka. Great! I don’t drink but the alcohol trade has this very useful spinoff just like the baking trade has plastic cards which can be turned into picks! First … Continue reading My new glass guitar slide