McGlashan at the Globe
Don McGlashan relived his ‘punkish’ days with Blam Blam Blam recently when ironical new wave hit There is No Depression in New Zealand was up for the ‘lost’ 1981 Silver Scroll Awards.
In the end, the song Don wrote with poet Richard von Sturmer, missed out to The Swingers’ Counting the Beat by Buster Stiggs, Phil Judd and Bones Hillman.
Don of course continued as a member of The Front Lawn and then The Muttonbirds, where he wrote the anthemic Dominion
Road, along with Anchor Me, Don’t Fight It Marsha. It’s Big
ger Than Both of Us and the classy rock reinterpretation of Wayne Mason’s ‘Best New Zealand song’, Nature. Don has five songs of his own on that Best New Zealand Songs list, and is a two-time Silver Scroll winner.
He’s also made short films and written film scores. Among them, soundtracks to the Janet Frame mini-series An Angel at
My Table, Toa Fraser’s No. 2 and recent New Zealand feature film The Dead Lands. Not bad for a lad who all those decades ago began his musical career playing french horn for the Auckland Sinfonia, an instru- ment he still plays.
On tour with his latest solo project The Lucky Stars, the musician plerforms at the Globe Theatre tomorrow night Thursday 15. Described as a rich collection of songs exploring love, regret and mortality, The
Lucky Stars, released in April, contains an engaging mix of per- sonal and poignant reflections as well as numbers that are boisterously up-tempo. The album has been rated as being up there with his best work.
Kiwi singer-songwriter Don McGlashan plays solo at the Globe this Thursday night, with songs from his latest album, The Lucky Stars.