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Phi Garland New Zealand Folk Musician and Kiwi Balladeer.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Faces in the Firelight

It's exciting times ahead with my book having been finally published. I must admit it's a totally different feeling from having a CD released and I'm pleased to see much of my life's work in print.
It may not be widely known, but New Zealand has a rich heritage of song, folklore, poetry, stories and yarns crying out to be told or sung. My new book
Faces in the Firelight presents a swag of songs about sealers, whalers, pioneers, goldminers, drifters, swaggers, rogues and scoundrels, shearers,
bushmen, gumdiggers, hard drinkers and moonshiners in company with a colourful collection of oral history, bush verse, tall stories, toasts and ditties culled from my field collecting and the New Zealand Folklore Society archives.
I am especially looking forward to promoting my latest work around the country and in Australia over the next few months.
My sincere thanks to all those folk who believed in me and have supported my work over the years, most notably my informants, Kiwi Pacific Records and Roger Steele of Steele Roberts Publishing.
See you somewere around the traps
Phil Garland