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Moments Like These: Andrew Fagan
Andrew Fagan was back out on the road over New Year with his band Fagan and The People – who are loud, psychedelic, totally fearless and very funny. Given Fagan’s back catalogue dating back to his formative days with the Ambitious Vegetables, a significant strike rate recorded with the Mockers, and his solo material, he has an enviable repertoire of songs to draw from. But there’s more to Fagan than just great songs. He’s a published poet, author (his book Swirly World Sails South is a wonderful memoir), father, broadcaster and a committed sailor who has made some fearless solo voyages that all have contributed to the man he has become. Andrew is a righteous raconteur and a generous spirit who has navigated a passage through a lifetime of musical terrains. Arohanui.




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Apr/May 2015
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