In the bold, freewheeling spirit of such other ad hoc, last minute ventures as the snap election of ’84, I’m announcing a short solo tour of my home country.
The venues are small-ish, the prices are low-ish to non-existent (see Christchurch); it’s all just an excuse to do something spontaneous without endless agonising over marketing, logistical considerations, string quartet rehearsals, arranging someone to feed the cat etc.
I’ve been writing some new songs over the past couple of months and I’d like to try some of these out in a public setting to force me to finish the lyrics. I’ll also be taking requests, and will undoubtedly perform “The Handsome Sons Of Shirley” at some point. I’m considering covers.
Presales for the Wellington and Auckland shows are available now through Under The Radar. The Auckland show’s particularly small in capacity (75), so I’d especially recommend pre-buying for that one. Just doing doorsales for the Dunedin show cos everything’s a bit more casual down there. Christchurch, first come, first served!
Happy summer New Zealand.
Tickets for this flamingoid Wellington show (above) are available here.
We also play Laneway Festival on January 28 in Auckland with the string quartet (tickets/info here), then a non-stringy lineup will play at Music at Matua on February 9 with our friends the Phoenix Foundation. (tickets)
Tom Watson looking reverent at St Michael’s Church in Christchurch. (Alistair)
Set list scribbling backstage at St Michael’s. (Hayden)
Iselta Allison on viola. (Hayden)
Andrew Keoghan. (Hayden)
The String Pack (l-r: Iselta Allison, Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Rachel Wells, Peau Halapua) backstage at Sammy’s Dunedin. (Hayden)
Drummer’s eye view of Sammy’s. (Alistair)
Brown trousers time pre the Auckland Town Hall show. (Alistair)
More Town Hall. With Rob Larsen’s beautiful lights factored into the equation. (Alistair)
Wellington Opera House. (Alistair)
Our friend Thanaa cooked us an amazing Algerian feast before the Wellington show. Alistair in front serving himself some sort of dauphinoise. Sound guru James Dansey is at the back in the grey v-neck. (Hayden)
Getting pretty deep into rehearsals for the NZ tour at the moment. It’s exceedingly exciting hearing all the songs come together with the string quartet. We’re finally bringing the quartet and the full band together this evening.
Hayden took this footage at a rehearsal with the string quartet last Friday. Disclaimer: not real super 8.