Bob’s birth­day bash

Hob nob with Bob Dy­lan die-hard fans at a trib­ute con­cert.


Bob Dy­lan is 75 on May 24. Happy birth­day St Bob!

So many mu­si­cal he­roes have re­cently moved from this realm to join the choir in­vis­i­ble, but Bob keeps a-chooglin’ along.

So here’s an in­vi­ta­tion to cel­e­brate the leg­endary singer/ song­writer while he is still with us.

Bull­frog Rata and Shayn Wills, two of New Zealand’s finest acous­tic blues/folk play­ers are team­ing up for a night of Dy­lan songs, both pop­u­lar and ob­scure.

Fans of the man for over 20 years, Shayn and Bull­frog have plenty of Dy­lan num­bers in their ex­ten­sive reper­toires – num­bers that date from Dy­lan’s self-ti­tled de­but in 1962 and per­haps even ex­tend to his lat­est 2016 re­lease Fallen Angels.

‘‘One of the things I like about Bob Dy­lan’s ma­te­rial is that he cov­ers a large range of gen­res, ev­ery­thing from folk and gospel to blues, rock and coun­try,’’ Bull­frog says. ‘‘It makes for an in­ter­est­ing night, not only lyri­cally but mu­si­cally.’’

‘‘I think the song that got me was Don’t Think Twice It’s Al­right and from there I spent the next cou­ple of years com­pletely hooked and just learn­ing Dy­lan tunes,’’ Shayn says.

‘‘I’ve never re­ally thought of my­self as a Bob Dy­lan freak, but I guess when you know over 40 of his songs it could be con­sid­ered slightly freak­ish.’’

This Satur­day May 21, along with a dis­play of Dy­lan vinyl, books and mem­o­ra­bilia, the pair play the Hokowhitu Bowl­ing Club at 7.30pm. Dy­lan T-shirts are de rigueur, with $20 book­ings on 06 329 8808 or steve@ben­thorse­

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