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Free Flight NZ Tour ..

An extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour has just been announced, where Don will perform a series of intimate shows in some of the country’s most idyllic venues. Performing recent songs, along with plenty of gems from his sprawling back catalogue, Don will play a string of solo shows, joined on a handful of dates…

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Titirangi Music Festival

Just announced a one-off show at the Titirangi Music Festival on Saturday March 24th. I’ll be headlining a very fine local festival, celebrating this mysterious and magical part of the world.

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Love Me As I Am

I’m very glad to be part of this Auckland Arts Festival line up,  a tribute to my dear friend Mahinārangi Tocker and her beautiful songs.
I’ll be sharing the stage with some really cool New Zealand artists: Auckland Town Hall, March 16th & 17.

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Don & Shayne Touring October 2016

Two of New Zealand’s indie rock heavyweights have joined forces for a formidable collaboration. In spite of weaving disparate paths over the past few decades, eminent local songwriters Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter are now taking their recently developed team show of songs on tour around the country. Head to SHOW section for ticket details…

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UK Dates

 

Don will be performing two shows in Glasgow and London in November.

Tickets on sale now.

NZ Tour

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Free Flight NZ Tour

An extensive 17-date nationwide New Zealand tour has just been announced. Don will perform a series of intimate shows in some of the country’s most idyllic venues.

Click a show below for more details and ticketing information.

Biography

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and highly regarded songwriters.

He was drummer and singer with Auckland band Blam Blam Blam – with Tim Mahon and Mark Bell – which had a string of top 20 singles and an album “Luxury Length”, which went to No. 4 nationally. His song “Don’t Fight it, Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both Of Us” won Song of the Year in the 1982 NZ Recording Industry Awards.

After a year living in New York – and touring the world – as a drummer with avant-garde dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and founded The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair. An acoustic group that combined theatre and songs, they toured all over Australasia, Europe and America from 1985-90, picking up many awards and accolades, including the UK Independent Newspaper Award for a show at the Edinburgh Festival, and being called “a superb duo” by New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. Their 1987 record “Songs From The Front Lawn” won three New Zealand Music Awards.

With Ross Burge, Alan Gregg and David Long, Don formed The Mutton Birds in 1991, and was singer and main songwriter for the ten years the group existed. They released 4 NZ top ten albums, including two platinum, and two top five singles, one of them (The Heater) a No. 1. The group won Best Album, Best Single and Best Group in the 1993 NZ Music Awards.  His song “Anchor Me” won the A.P.R.A Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s top songwriting award,  in 1994. The group signed to Virgin records UK in 1995, and lived in London for four years, touring all over the world. The Mutton Birds’ album, “Envy Of Angels” (1997), made the U.K. Sunday Times ten best records of the year list.

In 2006 song, “Bathe In The River”, sung by Hollie Smith, won Don a second Silver Scroll in 2006, and has became one of the country’s biggest singles of all time.

Also in 2006, he released his first solo album, “Warm Hand”, which reached Gold status in NZ and received wide critical acclaim.

In 2008 he  toured the USA and Europe with Crowded House as the opening act and guest musician within the band.

In 2009 he was part of Seven Worlds Collide, a collaboration with musicians including Neil Finn, Johnny Marr and members of Wilco and  Radiohead, and he also released his second solo album “Marvellous Year” with his band THE SEVEN SISTERS.

In 2012 he  lead the re-formed Mutton Birds on a NZ tour and a show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

In 2013  he  toured Australia, The United Arab Emirates and the UK in a duo show with fellow NZ singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn.

In 2015 McGlashan released his third solo album: “Lucky Stars”, which has been his most successful record since his hits with The Mutton Birds, going top five on the NZ charts, receiving 5 stars in The NZ Herald, and 4 1/2 stars in The Sydney Morning Herald.

He’s currently working on songs for his next album.

“The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter.”

Off The Tracks – NZ,  2016

“A masterclass in song craft… with an inner world all his own.”  

Australian Rolling Stone, 2016

“Don McGlashan is one of the most complete musicians to grace this planet. Whether it’s singing, songwriting, or blowing on a euphonium, Don always comes at it from his own unique angle. He’s a misfit’s Renaissance Man.” 

Brian Ritchie, The Violent Femmes, 2017

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and highly regarded songwriters.

He was drummer and singer with Auckland band Blam Blam Blam – with Tim Mahon and Mark Bell – which had a string of top 20 singles and an album “Luxury Length”, which went to No. 4 nationally. His song “Don’t Fight it, Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both Of Us” won Song of the Year in the 1982 NZ Recording Industry Awards.

After a year living in New York – and touring the world – as a drummer with avant-garde dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and founded The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair. An acoustic group that combined theatre and songs, they toured all over Australasia, Europe and America from 1985-90, picking up many awards and accolades, including the UK Independent Newspaper Award for a show at the Edinburgh Festival, and being called “a superb duo” by New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. Their 1987 record “Songs From The Front Lawn” won three New Zealand Music Awards.

With Ross Burge, Alan Gregg and David Long, Don formed The Mutton Birds in 1991, and was singer and main songwriter for the ten years the group existed. They released 4 NZ top ten albums, including two platinum, and two top five singles, one of them (The Heater) a No. 1. The group won Best Album, Best Single and Best Group in the 1993 NZ Music Awards.  His song “Anchor Me” won the A.P.R.A Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s top songwriting award,  in 1994. The group signed to Virgin records UK in 1995, and lived in London for four years, touring all over the world. The Mutton Birds’ album, “Envy Of Angels” (1997), made the U.K. Sunday Times ten best records of the year list.

n 2006 song, “Bathe In The River”, sung by Hollie Smith, won Don a second Silver Scroll in 2006, and has became one of the country’s biggest singles of all time.

Also in 2006, he released his first solo album, “Warm Hand”, which reached Gold status in NZ and received wide critical acclaim.

In 2008 he  toured the USA and Europe with Crowded House as the opening act and guest musician within the band.

In 2009 he was part of Seven Worlds Collide, a collaboration with musicians including Neil Finn, Johnny Marr and members of Wilco and  Radiohead, and he also released his second solo album “Marvellous Year” with his band THE SEVEN SISTERS.

In 2012 he  lead the re-formed Mutton Birds on a NZ tour and a show at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

In 2013  he  toured Australia, The United Arab Emirates and the UK in a duo show with fellow NZ singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn.

In 2015 McGlashan released his third solo album: “Lucky Stars”, which has been his most successful record since his hits with The Mutton Birds, going top five on the NZ charts, receiving 5 stars in The NZ Herald, and 4 1/2 stars in The Sydney Morning Herald.

He’s currently working on songs for his next album.

“The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter.”

Off The Tracks – NZ,  2016

“A masterclass in song craft… with an inner world all his own.”  

Australian Rolling Stone, 2016

“Don McGlashan is one of the most complete musicians to grace this planet. Whether it’s singing, songwriting, or blowing on a euphonium, Don always comes at it from his own unique angle. He’s a misfit’s Renaissance Man.” 

Brian Ritchie, The Violent Femmes, 2017

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‘Hold On To You Loneliness’ – Second single from the album Lucky Stars. Best viewed through your YT app on your mobile phone

Bad Blood – From the album “Marvellous Year” released in 2009

Miracle Sun – From the album “Warm Hand” released in 2006

I Will Not Let You Down – From the album “Warm Hand” released in 2006

Harbour Bridge – From the album “Warm Hand” released in 2006

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Written mostly in a windswept bach on the Thames Estuary south of Auckland, Don had ideas of stillness and isolation in mind for the new album. “I thought it was going to be a solitary, quiet record,” Don says, “I wanted to hibernate”. However, the music got the better of Don. “Some of the songs that came out had their own ideas, they were much more positive and sociable.” The album was eventually recorded with a team of New Zealand’s finest musicians, working between Auckland’s Roundhead studio and more remote seaside locations.

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Management
Royale Dalton
PO Box 60 396
Titirangi
Auckland 0642
New Zealand
tom @ royaledalton.com

Publisher
Native Tongue Music Publishing
PO Box 8926
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150
New Zealand
Taryn Viggiano
taryn @ nativetongue.co.nz

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