A Ro­torua Gen­tle­man

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Kiwi Troubadour Cal­lum Gen­tle­man is set to take to the Rogue Stage in Ro­torua to pro­mote his new sin­gle, ‘Blue Collar Killer’.

On Sun­day Septem­ber 17, 6pm, at Prince’s Gate’s Monarch Room, Cal­lum will be per­form­ing with ac­claimed Aus­tralian artist Ben Sal­ter, along with Bay of Plenty’s own Alice Sea.

‘‘Karin Vin­cent and The Rogue Stage have been vi­tal to the New Zealand tour­ing cir­cuit. Their sup­port for lo­cal mu­sic, and for my mu­sic, had been a high­light for many of us out on the road,’’ Gen­tle­man said.

Gen­tle­man’s new song Blue Collar Killer is a Dark Folk tune, with a South­ern Gothic edge. It’s a high­light in his live set, and of­ten closes show.

‘‘It can be taken as a sim­ple story song. You know, the guy in the song is your av­er­age day-to-day con­tract killer. He turns up to work, clocks in, ticks his clients off the to-do list, works some over­time so he can save up for a hol­i­day with the kids, clocks out, heads home to have din­ner. An or­di­nary guy, just with an ex­tra­or­di­nary skill set’’

‘‘I’d been try­ing to write a protest song for a while but they kept on sound­ing like cut price Bob Dy­lan tunes. I was at my mum’s play­ing around with a few lyrics. I played a bit of Blue Collar Killer and she said ‘sounds like a song about John Key’.

Kiwi troubadour Cal­lum Gen­tle­man.

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