Wednesday, April 29
Doors 830, Show 9
The songs of Classic Water bring to mind driving through dusty backroads of deserted villages, thinking back on what once was but will never be again. The surreal words of singer Tom Gerritsen are guided by stretches of intertwining melodies, alternated with brief bursts of rock and roll. In an earlier life, Tom released folk music as The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society, playing over 180 shows in Europe. Seeing Classic Water perform live is a visceral experience. The debut album Concrete Pleasures was recorded and produced by Stacy Parrish (T Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant) in a 14th century farmhouse in Sweden.
Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and highly regarded singer-songwriters. He led iconic Kiwi band The Mutton Birds for most of the 90s, relocating with the group to London for the latter half of that time, to sign to Virgin UK. The band’s album “Envy Of Angels” made the UK Sunday Times ten best albums list of 1996. David Sheppard of Q Magazine called their next album, “Rain Steam & Speed” , “…a minor masterpiece”.
The Mutton Birds were part of The Tragically Hip’s “Another Roadside Attraction” tour of Canada & the US in 1997, along with Los Lobos, Wilco, Ron Sexsmith and Sheryl Crow.
Since The Mutton Birds, Don has made three acclaimed solo albums, “Warm Hand” (2006), “Marvellous Year” (2009), and “Lucky Stars” (2015). His 2006 gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” has become one of the biggest NZ singles of all time, and Australian Legend Paul Kelly has included Don’s song “White Valiant” in his live solo set.
Don’s latest album, “Lucky Stars”, was released in New Zealand in 2015, and has been his most successful record since his hits with The Mutton Birds, going top five on the NZ charts, and receiving rave reviews in both NZ and Australia.
Don has toured Australia, the US and Europe with Crowded House, both as opening act and as a band member, and he played euphonium, guitar, mandolin and backing vocals on Crowded House albums “Time On Earth” and “Intriguer”. He was part of Neil Finn’s Seven Worlds Collide project, collaborating on his own songs with the Smiths’ Johnny Marr, and members of Wilco and Radiohead, and he’s just finished providing vocals on Finn’s 2017 album “Out Of Silence”.