An­drew Lon­don

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An­drew Lon­don has swapped the vast ex­panse of the ocean for the wide open spa­ces of New Zealand. The singer­song­writer, who gives his name to the An­drew Lon­don Trio – fea­tur­ing wife Kirsten and Nils Olsen – has, since the early 1990s, car­ried on the tra­di­tion of Hot Club Sand­wich, en­abling him to gather ma­te­rial from the shear­ing sheds of South­land to the board­rooms of Queen St. In­ter­view by Mike Alexan­der. Catch­ing a ka­hawai from my kayak off Otaki Beach for my wife to make ce­viche out of. Then go­ing out to­gether to meet our ‘‘third’’ and play­ing a Trio gig at one of our reg­u­lar Kapiti venues. Home for a cuppa and an episode of Big Bang The­ory.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire?

My bass player for learn­ing every­thing I ask her to and tol­er­at­ing my idio­syn­cra­sies and per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders. She also grows lots of things for us to eat and makes great ce­viche. Af­ter her, Bernie San­ders.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

Im­pos­si­ble to an­swer – there are so many and they come in­creas­ingly thick and fast these days. How­ever, that’s OK be­cause rather than hav­ing em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments my­self, my job now is to be a cre­ator of them for my New York De­cem­ber 8, 1980 – out­side the Dakota build­ing. I’d have bus­tled John and Yoko into a van and got them out of there for the day. Or maybe for­ward to the year 2500 to see if we came to our senses.

What life les­son would you pass on to your chil­dren?

Al­ways put your trousers on be­fore your shoes. And learn to like what you have, rather than want what you haven’t. And run away as fast as you can from any­one who tells you that you need to be saved.

What job would you do other than your own and why?

Ar­chae­ol­o­gist. I’ve al­ways loved an­cient his­tory and would love to have been the guy who dis­cov­ered Troy or Tu­tankhamen’s tomb, or the Ark of the Covenant (was that a real thing or did I just see it in a movie?) Or a train driver.

If you were given three wishes by a magic ge­nie, what would they be?

All the usual. Ex­cept smok­ing and gam­bling. Gave up the for­mer for good about 10 years ago and never had enough dis­pos­able in­come to be tempted by the lat­ter. Prob­a­bly eat and drink too much oc­ca­sion­ally. Work­ing on cruise ships is very help­ful in cur­tail­ing these ex­cesses. Not.

The An­drew Lon­don Trio is tour­ing New Zealand. For full itin­er­ary go to

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