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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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Six60 win big at NZ music awards

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Chart-toppers Six60 were the big winners at this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards, although international breakout artists Marlon Williams and Drax Project also enjoyed success at last night’s event at Spark Arena in Auckland.

The five piece, who have dominated the 2018 charts with their third self-titled EP and became the first homegrown act to sell out Western Springs, were named best group and also picked up People’s Choice award, which was open for the first time to the VNZMA finalists. Six60 also won highest selling album and single, along with the airplay award.

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Marlon Williams wins top prize at Silver Scrolls

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Marlon Williams is this year’s winner of the APRA Silver Scroll for his song ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’.

The singer-songwriter was presented with New Zealand’s premier songwriting prize at the awards ceremony at Auckland’s Spark Arena last night (October 4) for the track from his acclaimed album Make Way For Love, which was released earlier this year.

In his acceptance speech, Williams admitted that he had never found songwriting easy.

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Ben Edwards on The Sitting Room

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Ben Edwards may be New Zealand’s most in-demand producer at the moment, with his Sitting Room studio in Lyttleton fully booked until the middle of 2019. However, the award-winning recording wizard reckons he still has lots to learn about producing.

“I guess one it’s one of the problems of being in a small country on the other side of the world,” Edwards reflects. “How do you get to the next level when there is not that many people around to learn from?

“One thing I’d really like to do is save up the money – or see if there some form of funding – so I could spending three to six months at a studio in the UK or the States. The internet has opened things up but I would learn so much more by sitting in a room with, say, Ethan Johns, and watching what he does.”

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Alastair Burns wins top prize at NZ Music Manager’s Awards

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Alistair Burns’ work with Marlon Williams has seen him win the Manager of the Year Award for the second year running.

The annual Music Managers Forum event was held at the Tuning Fork in Auckland and attracted a wide variety of industry professionals.

Burns was honoured for his work with Australian singer-songwriter and Williams, whose sophomore album Make Way For Love debuted at #1 in the NZ charts and #8 in Australia. Williams is due back in New Zealand later this month following an extensive worldwide tour.

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Extra dates for Marlon Williams

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Marlon Williams has added a second Christchurch date for his fast-selling upcoming national tour.

The Christchurch crooner, who released his sophomore album Make Way For Love earlier this year, is currently in the midst of a three month international tour, but will return to his homeland next month for dates in the major centres.

 

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Album Review: Tami Neilson

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Anyone lucky enough to catch Tami Neilson’s wonderful tour a few summers back with her mum and dad would have got a glimpse of just how close the singing family were. Her father Ron died unexpectedly in Canada earlier this year so it’s not surprise that his passing casts a pretty big shadow over this, the award-winning country/roots singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album.

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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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Marlon Williams Q&A

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Marlon Williams began singing in school choirs in Christchurch and first came to attention fronting the alt country band The Unfaithful Ways when he was just 17.

From there he went on to record a series of duet albums with Delaney Davidson entitled Sad But True – The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, the third volume of which was named NZ country album of the year in 2013. Williams is now based in Melbourne and is about to release his debut solo album.

We caught up with Williams on a flying visit to New Zealand.

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Album Review: Marlon Williams

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Such is the velvet wonder of his voice, this expat Kiwi could probably move you tears by singing entries from the phone book.

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