Age doesn't weary music man

By Hannah Norton

Cedric is a gnome armed with a guitar who hails from Gnomegolia.

And he's the basis for 72-year-old Steve Shaw's second album Cedric Made Me Do It.

"It was a very still night," Shaw says, "when there was a sudden flash ... I was looking in the living room and there was Cedric.

"He was a lot of encouragement."

Kamo rocker Shaw is a "one-stop shop" - he plays the guitar, bass, keyboard and does the vocals - which he records and edits from home.

"When I reached retirement age, I decided to buy the gear and learn how to use the software," he said.

And recording an album was just a thought until a song "popped out" mid-coffee break in 2007.

"I was in the cafe and there was a young lady working part-time as a waitress. Her name was Alice. She was trying to decide to go to Wellington or Waikato for university.

I asked her what one she'd settled on and she said 'Wellington'.

"Off the top of my head, I said 'windy city Alice'. It was the first song I wrote and it started my songwriting off, which led into my first album."

When this album, Small Step, was released Shaw was already busy working on his second - Cedric Made Me Do It.

He can't put his finger on the number of hours it took him to compile the album. "It's hard work - but it's fun work."

He thanks Brendon White at Wards Music for helping it come to fruition.

"It is fantastic to have it done - and I'm very pleased with the end results," he said.

NZ Musician magazine music reviewer Stu Edwards said Shaw should be. "The experience oozes out of each performance ... Shaw can proud of the end product."

But Shaw hasn't stopped there - he's already come up with a new song called Eighty Miles From Memphis - based around the life and times of Johnny Cash.

"He is one of my influences - among many others," Shaw said. And he has nine other songs that could be used for a third album.

"Whether or not a third one gets done depends on whether I win Lotto," he said.

Cedric Made Me Do It is available from Wards Music in Whangarei or online at

- Northern Advocate

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