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Phi Garland New Zealand Folk Musician and Kiwi Balladeer.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Back Catalogue

I am currently in the process of digitising my back catalogue of records and tapes for re-release on CD. This has naturally necessitated returning to the studio to remix and re-master the original recordings. The first release will be How Are You, Mate? for Kiwi Pacific Records - this is an album that in all likelihood slipped under the New Zealand radar, because it was recorded while I was living in Perth. The accompaniments come from several fine local Oz musicians augmented by old mates Paul Hutchings on Flute and Mike Stanley on harmoncia and backing vocals. A few Kiwis might well remember these two blokes for their contributions to the New Zealand folk scene a few years ago. The CD will include two lost tracks Better Prospects and The Shepherd's Dream, which were left off the final release back in 1990. This album was originally recorded for release to coincide with New Zealand's 150th birthday celebrations and featured material drawn mainly from my collecting travels during the 1960s and 70s.

The second release will be the ever popular Springtime in the Mountains - the inaugural winner of the best folk album award back in 1984. Next on the list will be Wind in the Tussock including another forgotten track Faded Pictures, which first appeared on the City Folk award winning peace album Send the Boats Away back in 1986. Other albums will eventually follow - Hunger in the Air, an album of mainly traditional Kiwi songs which was a dual release with Larrikin Records in Australia. Last but not least will be the classic Down a Country Road album from 1970.

With all these re-releases in the pipeline along with the publication of two books Faces in the Firelight and my new Phil Garland Songbook, this year is shaping up to be a most exciting one indeed.
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