Big tour takes in small towns

By Amie Hickland amie.hickland@age.co.nz


Renowned international musician Don McGlashan will get back to basics when he performs in Carterton next month.

A former member of the The Mutton Birds and Blam Blam Blam, McGlashan has been touring nationally and internationally for many years.

His Carterton concert is part of a tour that takes in small towns around the country.

McGlashan, speaking from Auckland, told the Times-Age he was looking forward to visiting smaller towns on his tour.

"I'm giving something to smaller places because I'm turning up there, but on the other hand it's completely reciprocal. It's parts of New Zealand I wouldn't normally go to and I'm getting something from that."

He said people often approached him and asked him to sign CDs after smaller gigs, and many had told him stories of the first time they heard one of his songs.

"When you're touring, you easily get stuck in a bubble ... and never meet any people," he said.

"When you get to small places, you end up meeting the people."

McGlashan said he had visited Wairarapa before - once with The Mutton Birds and once as a solo performer.

He has played at Toast Martinborough, and tries to make the trip regularly so he can visit his cousin who is a winemaker.

He also hopes to visit local musician Warren Maxwell.

As well as performing old favourites, McGlashan is currently working on a new album and some songs will be heard on the tour.

"This is a chance to hear songs when they're not quite finished."

Don McGlashan will perform at Carterton Events Centre on October 4. Tickets are $40 from www.dashtickets.co.nz

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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