IN STORES THIS WEEK!
Don McGlashan was born in Auckland, New Zealand. From 1980 to 1982 he was drummer and singer with Auckland band Blam Blam Blam, which had a string of top 20 singles and the album 'Luxury Length', which went to #4 nationally. His song Don't Fight It, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us won Song Of The Year at the 1982 NZ Recording Industry awards.
After a year in New York as a drummer with avant-garde dance company Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and founded the group The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair. An acoustic group that combined theatre and songs, they toured all over Australasia, Europe and America from 1985-90, picking up many awards and rave reviews, including being called "a superb duo" by New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. Their 1987 record 'Songs From The Front Lawn' won three New Zealand Music Awards, still sells steadily and is now close to platinum figures.
In 1990 McGlashan wrote the original score for Jane Campion's film An Angel At My Table.
With Harry Sinclair and a group of Auckland performers including Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst, Inside Out Theatre Company and the Topp Twins, McGlashan co-founded Auckland's Watershed Theatre in 1990. He was heavily involved in the developing and programming of the venue in its first years.
From 1991 to 2002 he was singer and main songwriter in The Mutton Birds, releasing four NZ top ten albums (two platinum) and two top five singles, including one #1 single The Heater. His song Anchor Me won the APRA Silver Scroll award in 1994.
In 1995 the Mutton Birds signed to Virgin Records UK, and lived in London until 1999, touring all over the world. Their third album, 'Envy Of Angels' (1997), made the U.K. Sunday Times ten best records of the year list.
Since returning to New Zealand in 1999, McGlashan wrote the music for the TV drama series Street Legal, for which he won the NZ AFTA award for best score in 2003, as well as working on theatre collaborations with writer/directors Fiona Samuel and Warwick Broadhead, and songs for his first solo album.
The song Bathe In The River is part of Don's score for this year's acclaimed feature film No. 2 from director Toa Fraser. No. 2 recently won its category in the Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets available from Wednesday 9 August @ Real Groovy, $25 pre or $30 on the door.
The Seven Sisters are -
Sean Donnelly (SJD) on bass,
John Segovia (Boxcar Guitars) on pedal steel and guitars,
Chris O'Connor (TrinityRoots, Cloudboy) on drums.
See www.donmcglashan.com for more information.