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Writers Lounge: Songwriting - Words & Music

Writers Lounge: Songwriting - Words & Music

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  • Mon 19 Jun ’17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Join us for the return of Writers Lounge - a series of engaging discussions and conversations between writers and social commentators in our auditorium.

Session one: An hour with musician Bernie Griffen. In conversation with Graham Reid.

Presented by the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN Inc) in association with Auckland Art Gallery.

Bernie Griffen’s original music is dubbed roughhouse or psychedelic folk, “…dark, gothic-tinged rock dragged kicking through swampy southern blues and dusty country music plains,” according to Under the Radar’s Chris Familton.

“He seeks and achieves a wounded grace in his singing as he explores the darker societal corners like a tired and battle-scarred narrator. His is a unique voice on the New Zealand cultural landscape and one that should be widely acknowledged as such.”

His songs are melodic, soulful tales of a life well and truly lived on the fringes, full of love, pathos and colourful stories. 29 Diamonds, his song for Pike River, may go down as the ultimate anthem to the miners lost there.

“Some songs roll along with the dramatic fury of Neil Young at his most raggedly electric, while other sounds like they’re conducted on a lonely country porch,” says Rip It Up’s Sarah Thomson. “The bonus is that even though the music form is traditional Americana, the lyric content is specific to New Zealand.”

Bernie is about to release his third album recorded in Melbourne last year with musical partner Kirsten Warner who plays with him in his band The Thin Men. He is the host of 95 bFM’s long-running American music show Border Radio and the show’s podcast regularly attracts thousands of listeners worldwide.

Graham Reid is an award-winning former journalist with the New Zealand Herald, a long-time music writer and critic who hosts his own music, travel, arts website www.elsewhere.co.nz and currently lectures at the University of Auckland in the School of Music.

He was also the content advisor for the Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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