New York-based singer, songwriter and pianist Dan Bolton will perform in Whanganui next month.

Mr Bolton will play a one-off gig at Wanganui Repertory Theatre on August 14 as part of a 12-venue tour of the country.

Originally from Cairns, Australia, Mr Bolton lived in New Zealand during the 1990s. He travelled up and down the country playing gigs, including a couple in Whanganui.

'[New Zealand is] a great place to tour. The distances between venues aren't so far and the audiences were very receptive to my music on the last tour," he said.

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Mr Bolton has been based in New York for more than four years and has recorded three studio albums there.

He describes his music as being influenced by the Great American Songbook.

"My music is a little bit reminiscent of the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist. Other than writing songs about women, I like to write about various life experiences and observations. In particular, life in New York has given me plenty of inspiration," Mr Bolton said.

He still has many friends in New Zealand and he's looking forward to catching up them with them during his tour. He'll be accompanied by drummer Mark Lockett, Roger Manins on sax and Johnny Lawrence on bass.

+Tickets for The New York Stories Tour are available at the Royal Wanganui Opera House for $30.