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Xavier Rudd maybe an­other surfer song­writer, but he’s one with a dif­fer­ence. His trade­mark tool­kit in­cludes in­stru­ments such as slide gui­tars, didgeri­doos, stomp boxes and an as­sort­ment of per­cus­sion in­stru­ments from around the world. He has wowed au­di­ences with his live per­for­mances and one hand­edly cre­ates what would usu­ally take a whole army of mu­si­cians to pro­duce.

Xavier weaves to­gether a rich tapestry of blues, reg­gae, indige­nous and folk mu­sic, with singing to create a unique sound that has a dis­tinct Aus­tralian fla­vor. He has pro­duced six stu­dio al­bums along with two live al­bums and has re­ceived mul­ti­ple ARIA nom­i­na­tions and won a global fan base of like­minded souls.

Xavier was born in 1978 in the surf cap­i­tal of Torquay, home to Bells Beach, which ob­vi­ously influenced his love of the ocean. He is mar­ried to a Cana­dian, Marci, whom he met while she was back­pack­ing around Aus­tralia. They have two sons, Joaquin and Fi­no­jet and his rugged good looks saw him nom­i­nated for the PETA World’s Sex­i­est Veg­e­tar­ian Award” in 2007.

Many of Xavier’s songs in­cor­po­rate so­cially con­scious themes such as spir­i­tu­al­ity, hu­man­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism and he has writ­ten many songs which in­clude sto­ries of the mis­treat­ment of the indige­nous peo­ple of Aus­tralia.

Xavier is a phe­nom­e­nally gifted one- man band who will re­turn to New Zealand this sum­mer to play three must­see shows with fel­low blues travellers, Lit­tle Bush­man. This meet­ing of minds will take place in Waihi Beach, Oakura and Motueka, es­sen­tial dates on this sum­mer’s cal­en­dar of live mu­sic. Be sure to catch this his­toric com­ing to­gether of two of Aus­tralia and Aotearoa’s most gifted and revered mu­si­cal trea­sures.

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