Clas­sic coun­try hits the Cossie Club

Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - COLIN WILLIAMS

New Zealand mu­sic leg­end Ed­die Low will sing at Up­per Hutt’s Cossie Club on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

Low’s ca­reer be­gan in the early 1960s play­ing in show bands and The Quin Tikis, aMa¯ori rock-an­droll out­fit. He then headed to Syd­ney and fur­ther afield.

Af­ter a life­time of in­ter­na­tional tour­ing and record­ing in Aus­tralia and Amer­ica, the 74-year-old with the ‘‘voice in a mil­lion’’ has re­turned to New Zealand.

Low’s Cossie Club ap­pear­ance comes as part of a Coun­try and Clas­sics na­tional tour where he fea­tures with fel­low Kiwi coun­try artist Kevin Greaves and Aus­tralian record­ing artist Paul Costa.

Low, who was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for Ser­vices to Mu­sic in 2006, lives in Christchurch but re­mains in the mu­sic game and reg­u­larly tours Aus­tralia.

He came to coun­try mu­sic mid­ca­reer and went on to per­form and tour with the best, in­clud­ing Johnny Cash, Char­lie Pride, Buck Owens, Tom T Hall and Kenny Rogers.

The par­tially sighted Low is a multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist and a top song­writer whose com­po­si­tions in­clude Sun­day Daddy, Songs of Home, Aroha and I Am Me, an an­them writ­ten for and adopted by dis­abled peo­ple around the world.

Greaves, a Nashville per­former and record­ing artist who fea­tured in the High­way of Le­gends Tour­ing Show in New Zealand in 2008, now also spends most of his time in his birth coun­try.

The son of Rusty Greaves - the first over­seas singer to ap­pear on Amer­ica’s Grand Ole Opry in Nashville - he will be­gin Fri­day’s show with his mix of coun­try and pop­u­lar mu­sic be­fore be­fore be­ing joined by Costa.

One of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium vo­cal­ists and live per­form­ers, Costa will fea­ture songs from his Whis­per In A Crowd al­bum which has de­liv­ered two big ra­dio sin­gles in­clud­ing Big End of Town.

Low, backed by Greaves on gui­tar, will then fea­ture in a show with trib­utes to Roy Or­bi­son and Elvis Pres­ley, plenty of coun­try stan­dards, and his own songs.

The night will fin­ish with all three mu­si­cians on gui­tar, jam­ming up a storm and look­ing for crowd re­quests.

The Cossie Club is their only Welling­ton show in the 13-date tour.

New Zealand mu­sic leg­end Ed­die Low, left, with Kevin Greaves. Along with Aus­tralia’s Paul Costa, they will per­form at the Cossie Club in Up­per Hutt on Septem­ber 22.

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