Say hello to band at Trees

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

To mark their 35 years Hello Sailor will re­turn to their roots per­form­ing at The Trees Tav­ern on Oc­to­ber 30.

Hello Sailor emerged among the in­ner city stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in the midst of the 1970s disco boom.

In June 1975, the group’s first pro­fes­sional show was three nights at The Trees.

‘‘Not many venues then were pre­pared to take a punt on an un­heard of band play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic, and we were pretty rough,’’ band mem­ber Harry Lyon says.

Their de­but self ti­tled al­bum re­leased in 1977 was the first lo­cally made New Zealand record to achieve Gold Record sta­tus.

In 1978 the band based it­self in Hollywood and came close to se­cur­ing a sign­ing to an Amer­i­can ma­jor record la­bel.

Hello Sailor re­turned to New Zealand when that didn’t work out, then the group headed to Aus­tralia.

Since then there have been solo plans, film scores, act­ing, tours and two more Hello Sailor stu­dio al­bums.

Harry Lyon who will be joined by other found­ing mem­bers Gra­ham Bra­zier and Dave McArt­ney says they love per­form­ing.

‘‘We love to play Sailor gigs be­cause we play when we want to these days and it makes it spe­cial.

‘‘We’re all such firm friends now too, so when we get to­gether it’s just a great time and I think the gigs re­flect that.

‘‘I know we’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing at the Tress and Ca­bana (Ho­tel in Napier) be­cause it’s where it all started for us.’’

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