Those of you who know Derek will appreciate that he is not only a fine songwriter and performer, but he is also a fine painter.
Some of you may have some of his art work on your wall. Derek has decided to run this year’s Kumeu Live concert alongside an exhibition of his artwork. He is raising funds to travel to London in order to see his son Nick, daughter-in-law Vivian and grandchildren. Derek hasn’t seen them for many years.
The concert and exhibition are on the same night, Saturday 3 August. 5.30 -7.30pm exhibition and 8-10pm concert.
Derek has produced a number of smaller artworks that are available to buy along with the concert ticket on Under the Radar.
Concert Ticket - $25
Concert Ticket and Small Original Painting $60 (Available Monday, 15th July).
Derek's music is in the tradition of the singer-songwriter, drawing its influences from blues, country and rock music. Influences include Dylan, Neil Young, T-Bone Burnette, John Prine, Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Peter Case, John Hiatt & Van Morrison.
Derek has on occasions gathered a collective of kindred spirits, singers and musicians around him to perform gospel-blues songs. The collective has a revolving door and over 20 players have participated in various events. Checkout their band site here; The Redemption Highway Collective
He is equally at home as a solo performer playing acoustic guitar, or leading a band. His desire is that his music confronts people as to their response to social issues, their personal relationships and their spirituality.