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Adam McGrath Announces Nationwide Tour

Adam McGrath Announces Nationwide Tour

Wednesday 8th April, 2015 10:57AM

Adam McGrath of The Eastern is stepping out on a solo tour around the country, kicking off this Friday. The 10-date jaunt will see Port Lyttelton-based troubadour making tracks across both the North and South Islands to peddle his bristly brand of country music. Here are the details...

Adam McGrath

Friday 10th April, The Rogue Stage, Rotorua
Saturday 11th April, The Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Callum Gentleman
Wednesday 15th April, Pop Up Gig Taranaki, New Plymouth,
Friday 17th April, St Peters Hall, Paekakariki
Saturday 18th April, The Common Room, Hastings
Friday 8th May, The Boathouse, Nelson
Friday 15th May, The Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Saturday 16th May, The Dharma Bums, Blenheim
Thursday 21st May, The Grainstore, Oamaru
Sunday 24th May, New Edinburgh Folk Club, Dunedin

Here is a video of Adam performing at St Peters Hall in Paekakariki last year...


Adam McGrath is a folk singer stationed in Port Lyttelton. He travels the state highways and byways of New Zealand and parts beyond, slinging songs and offering up low rent barroom philosophy with his band of misfits and chancers, The Eastern. He hopes for the best, prepares for the worst and believes in the poetry of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and the fury of word on the page. He lives alone, cooks infrequently and is scared of flags that blow to the right. He is happiest in front of a jukebox as the call for last drinks is given. His songs have gathered a clutch of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he's been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll), Graham Reid from the NZ herald called him 'NZ's toughest minded songwriter’ and Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth”. With The Eastern and solo he has shared stages with and opened for Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes and many more.

His song ‘Hope and Wire’ became the inspiration for the tv3 drama series ‘Hope and Wire’ directed by Gaylene Preston

The Eastern are noted for their ferocious roof raising live shows and have gathered a reputation for being the country's hardest working band playing up to and beyond 200 shows a year. Their latest album ‘The Territory’ was described as one of the best albums of 2014 from any band in any country by No Depression magazine.

Although the gathering of such plaudits makes him blush behind his rapidly graying beard, McGrath is very thankful and hopes that in someway this might help him in continuing to pay his rent through his roundabout stories and admittedly pretty crappy guitar playing.


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Adam McGrath with Callum Gentleman
Sat 11th Apr
The Wine Cellar, Auckland