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The Warratahs

The Warratahs

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  • Fri 6 Nov ’15, 8:00pm


Cosmopolitan Club, 11 Logan St, Upper Hutt


All Ages

Kiwi music icons The Warratahs - who celebrated 25 years with the release of their seventh album Runaway Days recently - return to the Upper Hutt Cossie Club on Saturday, November 2.

According to club manager Dean Candy they had to shut the doors the last time they performed at the club. “It was in 2002 in the old club that didn’t have the same capacity as this club and once we reached 700 I had no option but to post the Club Closed sign.”

Dean expects another sellout such has been the huge interest generated when The Warratahs’ first album in nine years debuted at No 8 on the New Zealand musical charts.

The band was formed to play some of their favourite music for a couple of weeks and 86,000 albums later it is still very much alive.

Their first gig was at the Cricketers Arms Hotel in Wellington. The band initially performed covers by the likes of Jimmie Rogers, Hank Williams, Hank Snow etc plus a handful of their own songs with its brand of country/folk combined with the fire of 50’s style rock and roll.

Based around Barry Saunders voice and songs and Nik Brown’s ability to set the music alight with his violin, this has remained the basis of the Warratahs sound.

Their first album Only Game in Town spent months in the charts propelled by two hits: Hands of my Heart and Maureen which both become classics.

Their second album Too Hot To Sleep included St Peters Rendezvous for which Barry won Songwriter of the Year.

In 1991 the band toured New Zealand with Billy Joel and a couple of years after with The Highwaymen and Johnny Cash.

They have also toured Australia. In 1999 the band was invited to play the Tamworth Music Festival in Australia and were a hit with audiences playing songs from their new album One of Two Things featuring the hit single Rescue Me.

The latest album - a remastered 19-track Warratahs collection - features Barry Saunders on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Nik Brown violin and mandolin, Maurice Newport drums and Nick Theobald bass and vocals.

The Warratahs will be joined by support act, rising star, Jack Castle.

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