The Warratahs

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In a career now past the quarter-century mark, The Warratahs have given homegrown country music real credibility, bringing their fresh sound to just about every nook and cranny in the country. Here's a band that got together for all the right reasons - to play the music they loved with a bunch of mates down at the pub. There was no vision of world or even national domination as The Warratahs took to the stage at The Cricketers' Arms in Wellington in 1986. (By Kerry Doole) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen The Warratahs

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Warratahs formed in 1986 around Wayne Mason (ex-Fourmyula, and composer of the classic 'Nature') and Barry Saunders, with TVNZ arts presenter Nik Brown on fiddle. Following a residency playing covers of country standards at Wellington's Cricketers Arms, they began recording their own material. Their timeless, Kiwi-inflected, neo-traditional country, and relentless touring made them a unique presence in the fashion conscious music scene of the late 80s. After a few years off, the band have since reformed." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music - Wayne Mason

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "Wayne Mason — multi-instrumentalist and composer of The Fourmyula classic 'Nature' — talks about songwriting and his musical evolution in this episode, from a series made for high school students. He demonstrates his piano playing (on an energetic boogie-woogie work out) and a Scandalli accordion on 'High and Dry' (which he wrote in the Warratahs). He discusses the origins of 'Nature', and his songwriting technique (which always begins on a guitar); and muses on his high school band The Fourmyula which took him to Abbey Road, where he met The Beatles." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Maureen

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Country ; Music Video

    "The second single from Wellington's country crossover kings is a classic tale of lost love and the girl that got away: propelled by Nik Brown's fiddle, with Barry Saunders out front singing it like a cowboy. Director Waka Attewell's music video intersperses the band's performance with shots of Saunders in and around Wellington with a supporting cast of planes, trains and automobiles. The car is a cut-down Holden Belmont and there's a glimpse of the Cook Strait ferry (but the Warratahs' involvement with the Interislander is still a few years off)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Hands of My Heart

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Country ; Music Video

    "The Warratahs were unique in the late 80s NZ music scene — a band playing classic country music with an eye on the mainstream. They enjoyed some chart success but director Waka Attewell's video for their first single almost seems to anticipate that they will make their major impact as a live act — honing their sound on the road in halls, pubs and woolsheds the length and breadth of the land. The location is a school hall in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn, with a room full of dancers responding to the Warratahs' signature warmth and timelessness." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Maple on the Hill - The Untold Story of the Tumbleweeds

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Short Film

    "Although The Tumbleweeds toured beyond Otago only occasionally, they provided many New Zealanders with their first exposure to country music. Almost 40 years into the band's career, Stephen Latty (Opera in the Outback) got some of their songs and memories down for this half-hour film. The band describe influences, costumes, and their own mid-tour double wedding. Country music expert Garth Gibson praises the "quite famous harmony sound" of sisters Myra and Nola Hewitt. Then The Tumbleweeds hit the road for Gore's Gold Guitar Awards, to perform 'Maple on the Hill'." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Kaleidoscope

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Series ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "Kaleidoscope was a magazine-style arts series which ran from 30 July 1976 until 1989. Running for many years in a 90 minute format, the show tried varied approaches over its run, from an initial mix of local and international items — including live performances — to episodes which focused on a single artist or topic. In the early 80s Kaleidoscope collected three Feltex awards for Speciality Programme. Hosts over the years included initial presenter Jeremy Payne, newsreader Angela D'Audney, future Auckland music professor Heath Lees, and Warratahs fiddler Nic Brown." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Top Half - Excerpts

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/CurrentAffairs ; News/Current Affairs ; Television

    "For nine years TVNZ's Top Half brought local news to Auckland and the upper North Island. In these excerpts a multicultural street festival is staged in Karangahape Road; the people of Ponsonby worry that their suburb's character is being lost to developers; there's a tantalising glimpse of a David Bowie concert; Dylan Taite finds country rockers The Warratahs busking on Ponsonby Road; local businesses in K Road are concerned about encroaching sleaze; and it is impossible to go wrong with a story about a baby orangutan and a camera shy mother." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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