Tag Archives: folk revival

Posterama

Posters can throw a unique sidelight on the musical past. As well as conjuring up events, performers and venues long vanished, their pictorial elements and graphic design often convey a strong sense of the values of a particular music scene. … Continue reading

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Of guitars and coffee bars

Folk music was a major genre in New Zealand popular music during the 1960s and into the 1970s. Some of the folk clubs and festivals which got established in this period survive through to the present day, but one key … Continue reading

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Musical honours

It’s not often that New Zealand music historians receive official recognition, so it was a nice to see two featuring on the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Congratulations to Phil Garland QSM and Donald Maurice MNZM! Official honours provide an … Continue reading

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Lifting the tardy anchor

On 11 April 2014, I took part in ‘Lyrical legacy’, a lunchtime presentation at the National Library of New Zealand which examined New Zealand historian James Cowan’s interest in waiata, poetry and sea shanties. This was part of larger programme … Continue reading

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Vernacular balladeer

For a brief time between 1959 and 1965, idiomatic “kiwi” balladry became a prominent feature of mainstream New Zealand popular music. Among those associated with this “kiwi” song genre were Les Cleveland, Rod Derrett and Ken Avery—parodist Gerry Merito of … Continue reading

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