is a folk singer stationed wherever he lands. He travels the state highways and byways of New Zealand, Australia, Europe and parts beyond, slinging songs and offering up low rent barroom philosophy with his band of misfits and chancers, The Eastern. He hopes for the best, prepares for the worst and believes in the poetry of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and the fury of word on the page. He lives alone, cooks infrequently and is scared of flags that blow to the right. He is happiest in front of a jukebox as the call for last drinks is given, because jukeboxes are getting harder to find, and the last drinks call means the lock in is ever closer.
His songs have gathered a clutch of good reviews in NZ and overseas, he’s been nominated for a couple of serious music awards (including the Apra Silver Scroll), Graham Reid from the NZ herald called him ‘NZ’s toughest minded songwriter’ and Barry Saunders from The Warratahs simply described him as “The Truth”.
GIRLS ON THE AVENUE
The name may be after an Australian classic song but the roots are trans-Tasman. Girls on the Avenue are one half Melanie Forbes, remembered for her days with Mango, Sistermadly, Jenny Morris and Midge Marsden. The other half is long-respected Sydney recording artist Tania Bowra. Together they create ‘rock/pop with sides’ (gentle, feisty, rhythm and harmony-rich), always loving their audiences to move and be moved.