‘Kiwimusicana’ minstrel’s homegrown set
A regular visitor to Palmerston North, Taranaki troubadour Mike Harding is back at the Palmerston North Folk Club on Friday night for a solo ‘sesh’ of good ol’ fashion Kiwimusicana.
These are songs Harding described as being from ‘‘the lighter side of Kiwi ‘culture’ - love songs, pub songs, dog songs, down-the-hall-on-Saturday-night songs, and songs from the the daggier end of homegrown wit’’.
Travelling minstrel, songwriter and musicologist, Harding has done much to preserve and promote the folk songs of pakeha New Zealanders, as a solo performer and as sometime guitarist for Taranaki roots and blues band Gumboot Tango.
His research into the New Zealand folk tradition has been published in the guide When the Pakeha Sings of Home.
At ease as a musical storyteller, and with plenty of stories to tell, Harding is frequently invited to play at festivals and folk clubs around the country, and continues his mission to present songs of New Zealand’s past interwoven with numbers from the present.
Hosted by the Palmerston North Folk Music Club in the Theosophical Hall this Friday night September 23, Kiwimusicana tickets (members $15, public $20) are on sale at the door from 7.45pm.