Publications

Over the last sixteen years, I have written a book, co-edited two other books, completed two theses, for Masterate and Doctorate degrees respectively, and published the results of my research into New Zealand music as book chapters, articles, commissioned blog posts and conference papers. I have also written some music-related reviews, together with articles on film, folklore, theatre and other topics. (For more publications, see the listings under Creative Work.) Where available, links to relevant online reviews have been added below.

Books and theses

Searches for tradition: Essays on New Zealand music, past and present, co-edited with Samantha Owens (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017).
[Review: Martin Lodge, Journal of New Zealand Studies 27 (5 December 2018)]
[Review: Tim Gruar, The Reader: The Booksellers New Zealand Blog (29 August 2018)]
[Launch speech: Roger Smith, A Celebration of Curiosity [1 May 2018)]
[Interview: Eva Radich RNZ Concert, What is New Zealand Music? (15 December 2017)]

Finding language: The Massey University composer addresses, co-edited with Norman Meehan and Robert Hoskins (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017).

The heading dog who split in half: Legends and tall tales from New Zealand, with Mat Tait (Nelson: Potton & Burton, 2015).
[See here for reviews and other press coverage.]

‘Making our own—two ethnographic case studies of the vernacular in New Zealand music: tramping club singsongs and the Māori guitar strumming style’ (PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington/Massey University [New Zealand School of Music], 2012).
Supervisors: Allan Thomas, Robert Hoskins and Megan Collins.
Examiners: Bruce Johnson, Richard Moyle and Graeme Smith.

‘There’s a sound of many voices in the camp and on the track—a descriptive analysis of folk music collecting in New Zealand, 1955-1975’ (MA thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2006).
Supervisor: Allan Thomas.
Examiners: Robert Hoskins and Moira Smith.

Articles, book chapters, reviews and published conference papers

‘Viking Records: A proud Pacific legacy’, Off the Record 26 (2018): 15-16.

‘New Zealand music… every month of the year’, National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 8 May 2018).

‘Phillip Humphrey Garland QSM (1942-2017’ (obituary), Australian Folklore 32 (2017): 12-14.

‘”A piano in every other house”? The piano in New Zealand trade statistics, 1877-1931’, New Zealand Journal of History 51/2 (2017): 26-53.

‘”Couldn’t it have been the bagpipes?”: Douglas Lilburn’s other traditions’ in Searches for tradition: Essays on New Zealand music, past and present, eds. Michael Brown and Samantha Owens (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017), pp.79-93.

‘Introduction’ (co-written with Samantha Owens) in Searches for tradition: Essays on New Zealand music, past and present, eds. Michael Brown and Samantha Owens (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017), pp.11-21.

‘”Applause and tin came tumbling in”: The songsters of Charles Thatcher’ (co-written with Amanda Mills and Marilyn Portman), National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 12 October 2017).

‘Introduction’ (co-written with Norman Meehan) in Finding language: The Massey University composer addresses, eds. Michael Brown, Norman Meehan and Robert Hoskins (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017), pp.7-14.

‘Ten riffs on the Māori strum’, AudioCulture—the noisy library of New Zealand music (online article, 23 February 2017).

‘An ornament to the town’ (co-written with Samantha Owens), The Mouthpiece, December 2016, p.4.

‘Guest Editorial’, Crescendo 99 (2016): 3.

‘The Quadriga Diaries’, National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 2016).

‘Baking “Big nose”‘ (co-written with Nick Guy), National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 2016).

‘Centennial offerings’, National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 2015).

‘Splitting the heading dog’ (co-written with Mat Tait), The New Zealand author, Summer 2015, pp.12-13.

‘Folkies and flonkers’ (co-written with Barbara Lyon), National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 2015).

‘“The Chantey” and “The Bush Poet”: James Cowan and vernacular song in New Zealand’, Journal of New Zealand Studies 19 (2015), 124-139.

‘Innocence and experience’ [review of the book Memories of early years and other writings], Journal of New Zealand Literature 33 (2015), 159-165.

‘Archival popular-music collections at the Alexander Turnbull Library’, Soundings: IASPM-ANZ e-newsletter (March 2015), 9.

‘A journey worth taking’ [review of the book Bohemian journey], Crescendo 95 (2014), 22-23.

‘Folk coffee-bars of 1960s Wellington’, AudioCulture—the noisy library of New Zealand music (online article, 2014).

‘Hoki mai ra’, National Library of New Zealand Blog (online article, 2014).

‘Materialistic cinema: a screening by Solomon Nagler’, CIRCUIT (online article, 2014).

Peter Cape‘, AudioCulture—the noisy library of New Zealand music (online article, 2014).

‘Revolting! the sound of protest in Aotearoa’ [exhibition review], Labour History Project Bulletin 58 (2013), 34-36.

‘Off the beaten track: the vernacular and the mainstream in New Zealand tramping club singsongs’, in Redefining mainstream popular music, eds. Andy Bennett, Jodie Taylor and Sarah Baker (New York: Routledge, 2013), 177-189.

‘Labour history for children and young adults’, Labour History Project Newsletter 56 (2012), 35-36.

‘Many happy song-sessions: Kiwi Youth Sings‘, Labour History Project Newsletter 55 (2012), 14-19.

‘Locating the vernacular in the Māori guitar strumming style’, in World music is where we found it—essays by and for Allan Thomas, eds. Wendy Pond and Paul Wolffram (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2011), 116-130.
[Review: Nick Bollinger’s Book Reviews (9 January 2012)]
[Review: Otago Daily Times, Bookmarks (15 October 2011)]
[Review: Radio New Zealand, Nine to Noon (14 November 2011)]

‘Foreword’, in Song of a young country, ed. Neil Colquhoun (Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2010), 7.

‘Let’s all sing!—the community singing movement in New Zealand and its publications’, Crescendo 79 (2008), 13-17.

‘Home sweet home—four films by Martin Rumsby’, Illusions 40 (2008), 51-53.

‘Off the beaten track—vernacular processes in Wellington tramping club singing, 1940-1970’, in Stuck in the middle: the mainstream and its discontents, eds. Catherine Strong and Michelle Phillipov (Griffith University, Brisbane: 2008 IASPM-ANZ conference, 2008), 38-48.

”And everybody sang’: community singing in Wellington, New Zealand’, in New Horizons: New Zealand Folklore Symposium (conference paper, National Library of New Zealand, 2007).

‘”Earnest spade work”: the New Zealand Folklore Society, 1966-1975’, Journal of Folklore Research 44/2-3 (2007), 127-160.

‘Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2006’, Illusions 39 (2007), 56-59.

‘Understanding the music in our past’ [co-authored with Allan Thomas], in Absolutely positively genealogy—proceedings of the 2007 Conference of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, ed. Claire Dawe (Wellington, 2007), 81-89.

‘The Mixer: Harry Kirk—the bard of Greymouth’, Trade Union History Project Newsletter 41 (2006), 8-10. [Republished here.]

‘Three indigenous Australian shorts’, Illusions 37 (2005), 18-19.

‘Immigration diaries and the sea shanty’, The New Zealand Genealogist 36 (2005), 280-281.

Desperate man blues [DVD review], in Musical Traditions (online article, 2005).

‘Changing, lying, reinventing: Turbulent Flux‘, Illusions 36 (2004), 36-38.

‘Tō Tātau Waka: in search of Māori music [book review], in Musical Traditions (online article, 2004).

Verandah music [book review], in Musical Traditions (online article, 2004).

‘In search of native song—traditional folksong collecting in New Zealand’, in Musical Traditions (online article, 2003).

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