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Don McGlashan and Shayne P Carter Announce Joint Nationwide Tour

Don McGlashan and Shayne P Carter Announce Joint Nationwide Tour

Thursday 28th July, 2016 9:58AM

Two of the country's most revered songwriters are joining forces for a 11-date nationwide tour in October. Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds) is teaming up with Shayne P Carter (Straightjacket Fits, Dimmer, DoubleHappys, Bored Games) for the spring time jaunt, which will see the two men dip into their respective back-catalogues to delight audiences as they did with their surprise alliance at the Auckland Arts Festival earlier this year. Here are the details...

Don McGlashan and Shayne P Carter

Thursday 13th October, Paramount, Wellington
Friday 14th October, Founders Park Nelson (Nelson Arts Festival)
Saturday 15th October, Pacific Crystal Palace, Havelock North (Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival)
Thursday 20th October,Aurora Centre, Christchurch
Friday 21st October, Topp Lodge, Stavely
Saturday 22nd October, Luggate Hall, Wanaka
Sunday 23rd October, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin
Thursday 27th October, Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Friday 28th October, Crystal Palace, Auckland
Saturday 29th October, Meteor Theatre, Hamilton
Sunday 30th October, Leigh Sawmill Café, Leigh

Here's Shayne latest single 'We Will Rise Again' from forthcoming album Offsider...

And here's the video for McGlashan's single 'Lucky Stars' from the album of the same name...


DON McGLASHAN & SHAYNE P. CARTER - ON TOUR AROUND AOTEAROA Two of New Zealand’s indie rock heavyweights have joined forces for a formidable collaboration. In spite of weaving disparate paths over the past few decades, eminent local songwriters Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter are now taking their recently developed team show of songs on tour around the country.

These guys don’t need much introduction, but here’s a taster: Having cut his teeth with bands Blam Blam Blam, the Front Lawn and the Mutton Birds, Don McGlashan has a penchant for reflecting the landscape and people of this country in his songs, and more than a few New Zealanders would consider them the soundtrack of their lives. McGlashan has five entries in APRA’s 100 Best NZ Songs of All Time and two Silver Scroll wins, and his 2006 song “Bathe In The River”, sung by Hollie Smith, is one of the biggest NZ singles of all time. His 2015 album Lucky Stars was highly regarded, described by Metro as “spine-tingling” and by Simon Sweetman at Blog On The Tracks’ as “his finest yet.”

Rock’n’roll has taken Shayne P. Carter everywhere from the Dunedin WINZ office to the Arista offices in New York. Starting out writing songs as a Dunedin teenager on one string of the guitar, he quickly earned accolades and fans as the unstoppable force behind Bored Games and the DoubleHappys. It was Carter’s involvement in Straightjacket Fits through the 80s and early 90s that cemented his status as one of New Zealand’s most impressive songwriters (honoured with a Legacy Award at the 2008 NZ Music Awards). His work that followed with Dimmer went one better - the 2004 Dimmer album You've Got To Hear the Music (2004) won New Zealand Music Awards for Best Album and Best Group. Carter announced his first solo album, titled Offsider, to be released in August 2016. Influenced by classical piano music (Schubert's Lieder, Chopin's Nocturnes, Debussy's neo psychedelia, Mozart's pristine classicism, Beethoven's cosmic exploration), it’s a thrilling sidestep and new evolution for Carter.

Now, the pair hit the road together, sharing stages from the far North to the deep South. While they won’t hold back on renditions of some of their best known songs, it’s no reunion show, nor a nostalgia trip - more an adventurous wander down the dusty alleys of their musical inventories. The pair’s surprise alliance was first debuted at the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival, wowing crowds and critics alike. David Larsen gave the show a rave 10/10 review in Metro Magazine, saying “the only thing wrong with this concert was that it was too short by half.” In the New Zealand Herald, Russell Baillie hailed the show as “neatly unpredictable… highlights were the hypnotic spells cast by both of McGlashan's Envy of Angels and Seed from Carter's Dimmer days.”

The pair recorded their set live at Auckland studio The Lab the day following the Auckland Arts Festival show, and will have CDs to available exclusively at the shows. While Shayne P. Carter will be on the road in late August promoting his new album Offsider, you won’t want to miss the double-barrelled impact of Shayne Carter and Don McGlashan performing live around Aotearoa. Two of the country’s finest songwriters sharing the stage for a rare occasion.

Tickets are available from NB: Tickets from the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival and Nelson Arts Festival are available separately from 4 August.


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