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A salute to Al Park

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Marlon Williams, Jordan Luck and Delaney Davidson are among those paying tribute to Christchurch music identity Al Park out next month.

Better Already  – The Songs Of Al Park is released on February 15 via ALP Records/Southbound and is affectionate tribute to Park, who has been a fixture on the Lyttleton music scene since the ‘80s.

This album features songs Park has written over the years and as well as Luck, Williams and Davidson, it features contributions from the likes of Barry Saunders, The Eastern’s Adam McGrath and Helen Mulholland, who performed with Park in Louie and the Hotsticks in the 1980s.

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Barry Saunders: behind the wheel with The Warratahs

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“We come in and out of orbit,” reflects Barry Saunders, frontman of The Warratahs, who this year celebrate their 30th anniversary. “We have always had our space – that space just shrinks and expands!”

You get the feeling that Saunders has never been overly concerned whether his band of country rockers are in or out, though for the past few years they have certainly been back in orbit. In 2015, the band – Saunders, Nik Brown (violin, mandolin), Mike Knapp (drums) and Nick Theobald (bass, vocals) – reconvened for Runaway Days, their first studio album in nine years and since then Saunders has gone on to tour and work with the likes of Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson.

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Best of The Warratahs

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The Warratahs are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand new compilation and a national tour.

Due out on September 7 through Warratahs Music/Southbound, Drivin’ Wheel brings together 24 of Barry Saunders’ country rock pioneers’ best-loved tracks, along with a new song ‘Fast Train’ and a rerecording of their first single ‘Hands Of My Heart’. To support the release, The Warratahs – Saunders (guitar/vocals), Nik Brown (violin and mandolin), Mike Knapp (drums) andNick Theobald (bass and vocals) – will hit the road in September and October for an extensive nationwide tour.

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The Warratahs: Easy come, easy go for Barry Saunders

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Formed in 1985, The Warratahs are arguably the Godfathers of New Zealand’s alt country scene. At a time when the pub circuit was dominated by pop outfits and acts from labels such as Flying Nun, Barry Saunders and Co built up a loyal following up and down the country with their then distinctly unfashionable brand of country rock.

Over the last 30 years, they’ve stayed true to what Saunders likes to call “the white man’s blues” and their seventh studio album, Runaway Days, finds them back to their no-frills best.

Much of that is down to the fact that Saunders and the rest of the band – Nik Brown (violin, mandolin), Mike Knapp (drums) and Nick Theobald (bass, vocals) – didn’t waste any time in recording it; in fact, the bulk of the tracks were laid down over a couple of days. We caught up with Saunders on the eve of the release of Runaway Days.

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