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Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits, Bike) Tribute Show Announced

Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits, Bike) Tribute Show Announced

Annabel Kean / Monday 15th March, 2021 12:40PM

It's just ticked over the one year mark since Aotearoa songwriting legend Andrew Brough passed away, leaving behind a wealth of musical contributions as part of groups Bike, The Blue Meanies, The Orange, and perhaps most famously Straitjacket Fits. Since February 2020, friends, family and fans have had to postpone attempts at organising a memorial event, but it's looking like we can all get together this May to celebrate the life and art of Andrew Brough on what would have been his 58th birthday. The time it's taken to ensure a safe and virus free congregation has made it possible for the scope of the evening to grow, now with many more of Brough's dearest lined up to perform his songs, including Bike bandmates Tristan Mason and Justin McLean, Charlotte Yates, The Verlaines' Darren Stedman, Jan Hellriegel and many more. McLean's other band, Ōtepoti trio Roulettes, will kick off the tribute, playing songs from their 2020 EP Rocket To You which was dedicated to Brough. Join the bittersweet memorial at Auckland's Wine Cellar, and hear some of Brough's brilliance, from 'Down In Splendour' to 'Save My Life'...

The Music Of Andrew Brough

Friday 7th May - The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Featuring... Tristan Mason, Justin McLean, Don Brough, Darren Stedman, Tenzin Mullin, John McDermott, Jan Hellriegel & Charlotte Yates

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Flying Nun recently compiled a tribute video, featuring poster art, hard to find live videos and other special Andrew Brough content...

Straitjacket Fits' 'Down In Splendour', written by Andrew Brough...

Press release:

To celebrate the life and music of the late Andrew Brough, who died last year, we present a night of Andrew’s songs from The Orange, Straitjacket Fits and Bike.

Appearing at Auckland’s Wine Cellar, May 7th, on what would have been Andrew’s 58th birthday, family, friends and past bandmates will get together to celebrate the music of one of NZ’s most-loved songwriters.

The music will be performed by Tristan Mason (Bike) Justin McLean (Roulettes, Bike), Don Brough, Darren Stedman (Verlaines), Tenzin Mullin (Jay Clarkson and the Containers), John McDermott; Jan Hellriegel and Charlotte Yates will appear on vocals on selected tracks.

Last year a memorial for Andrew was planned, but as with so many events this was postponed due to Covid lockdown. As time passed, the plan grew, and so did the setlist. Justin McLean, step-brother to Andrew, has followed his career closely. Justin played in the first version of Bike in Dunedin in the early 90s. “Many of the songs that ended up on Take in the Sun and the EPs were played in this version of Bike, in various stages of completion,” says Justin. “I spent many hours learning and rehearsing them with Andrew, and became familiar with his playing style. Over the last year I’ve spent a lot of time listening to and learning Andrew’s songs. This process has been fascinating and challenging. His singing and songwriting ability is widely recognised, but he was also a very innovative guitarist, both sonically and musically. Andrew’s songs sound fantastic, live and loud. ”

Roulettes will support, with a short set. Justin: “Andrew was a big supporter of my music in the early years, from showing me how to organise a gig to how to keep working on improving a song, and he produced some of our early recordings. I owe him a lot, musically, and this is another opportunity to say thanks in the best way I know how. Darren (drums, Verlaines) and I were in our first band together, and we both experienced Andrew’s guidance. And we’re very happy to have Tenzin on bass.”

Last year’s Roulettes EP ‘Rocket to You’ was dedicated to Andrew.

During lockdown 2020, Justin and Tristan appeared on Mark Tierney’s version of Save My Life, featuring Charlotte Yates on vocals. This collaboration went under the name Fractal Animals. Additionally, Mark Tierney remixed the title track from Roulettes’ Rocket to You EP.

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The Music Of Andrew Brough
Fri 7th May
The Wine Cellar, Auckland