Meanwhile, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to hear and play NZ folk music at the Wellington Folk Festival later this month.
Phil Garland is a highly respected Kiwi balladeer, singing historian and entertainer, Life Member of the Christchurch Folk Music Club, who has spent a lifetime researching, collecting, writing and performing, during which time he has often been described as A National Living Treasure and New Zealand’s foremost and finest heritage balladeer. He has recorded some eighteen albums – winning Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards three times.
Phil has performed extensively around the world promoting the Kiwi musical heritage with a blended presentation of songs, stories, yarns that introduce audiences to the musical heart of New Zealand and its people. Garland’s entertaining performance prompted one American reviewer to say:- “his songs transport you to New Zealand so effectively, you may be inspired to take up residence there!”
Phil will be promoting the digitised re-release of his 1970 album “Down A Country Road”, which highlights New Zealand’s story and the way people have lived and recorded it in homespun balladry. These songs were collected from both old timers and younger people that Phil met as he travelled thousands of miles into the remoter parts of New Zealand.
The newly digitised album of Down A Country Road (first recorded in 1970) is of great historical significance. Two of the original backing musicians are no longer with us, having passed on in recent times. The album serves as a tribute to the huge musical talent of the late great Alistair Hulett, along with the late wonderful musician and friend Dave Hart.
This will be Phil’s Farewell Tour and may well be your last chance to see and hear this Kiwi balladeer and singing historian perform in person.
From 7.30pm at Roseneath school hall, Maida Vale Road, Roseneath. Entry $10 Acoustic Routes members and students, $15 non-members.