South Island Sessions

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1861 revisited – my first pakeha (European) ancestors, Totara Jack and Mary, arrived in the South Island of New Zealand on board the Olympus and settled in Nelson.

John ‘Totara Jack’ Edwards

When I lived nearby a century and a half later,

I found the address where they’d lived, just below a spot on a hill that marks the geographical centre of NZ.  To the north is Tasman Bay, and south are the foothills of the Southern Alps.

I jammed with South Island musicians; studied at the Nelson School of Music; played in Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport, Nelson, Blenheim, Lyttelton and Dunedin (as well as Brisbane, Australia); and recorded the sound of tui and makomako (native birds) in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Music by:

Dave Black – acoustic guitar, banjo, drums, harmonica, laptop, field recordings, tenor sax, and vocals

Cylvi Manthyng –  vocals & phat beatz

Hayden Gifkins / Matt Thornicroft – electric guitars

Frey – no-input mixing desk

Haz / Cookie – drums

1 Eats Beats Roots Sleeps (B(W)FD) (warning:explicit) free download 3:20
2 The Only Ones Who Know the Earth’s Worth free download 3:25
3 Lake Rotoiti to Fox Glacier free download 6:35
4 gridget k free download 3:52
5 End of Daylight Savings free download 5:15
6 Bandit Joe on a scraded gat (west coast highway in digital Junefree download 4:36
7 The Ballad of William Knife free download 4:59

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7 thoughts on “South Island Sessions

    Nathan Palmer said:
    23/07/2013 at 7:11 am

    Love the song title – Eats, beats, roots, sleeps (very naughty) – good tune

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