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Almost all music has a folk origin: blues, jazz, rock and even so-called classical. As Big Bill Broonzy famously said - "all songs are folk songs; ain't never heard a horse sing!"
Arguably the first Kiwi to make a living with a mandolin, David spent some of his musical life playing bluegrass, but was performing in the folk boom as early as 1964.
He was playing in Europe and the UK in the 70s, dabbling in folk rock and pop in California in the 80s, and creating a country garden in the 90s and teaching children to read.
These days, kind of retired, he is free to pursue any of the musical paths he loves: song-writing, tuition, and performance with guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, even bass; playing jazz, folk, blues and originals. Or to just kick back and listen to Bach or Grappelli ...
A long-standing performer of NZ folk, Davey also maintains a love affair with US old-time music nurtured since Doc Watson's LPs first made it to these shores. A natural entertainer since his debut on radio aged six, David thinks radio is the perfect performance medium.
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We launch into NZ Music Month with a programme of Kiwi singers and songs. Thanks to those who generously shared their music, we have enough for over two months!
Duration: 00:57:18 | Date: 28 April, 2019
As we honour the fallen, we play songs, both rock and folk, which touch on many wars, and ask why so many died to create our two nations and our legends.
Duration: 00:49:57 | Date: 21 April, 2019
Of the hundreds of recorded hours of Robert Burns' poems and songs, the Folk Music Hour plays some gems, and reveals the importance and enduring charm of this world famous Scot.
Duration: 00:54:01 | Date: 7 April, 2019
Sona Jobarteh's Kora music from The Gambia wowed WOMAD 2019, bringing light into NZ's darkest days. The festival was a triumph of shared cultures, kindness and peaceful coexistence.
Duration: 00:54:28 | Date: 24 March, 2019
Our annual Pete Seeger show honours his passing in late January; this one features John McCutcheon's tribute album "To Everyone In All The World".
Duration: 00:58:20 | Date: 10 February, 2019
Maeve Gilchrist, the Scottish lever harp virtuosa now resident in the US, is on tour round the North Island in February. Details of the tour at KiwiFolk.org, or drop a line to [email protected] Here's a glimpse of her great playing and singing.
Duration: 00:56:54 | Date: 3 February, 2019
Sandy Denny is regarded as one of the UK's finest singer-songwriters and her work has grown in stature over the years. Her effortless, smooth vocal delivery still sets the standard for many of today's female folk-based singers.
Duration: 01:00:23 | Date: 6 January, 2019