‘Ki­wimu­si­cana’ min­strel’s home­grown set

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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