Kiwi music icon Harry Lyon is playing an intimate show at one of the popular Mt Eden “Village Music” concertson Friday 18th October.
When Wayne approached me about performing at one of his Village Music shows I jumped at the opportunity. Playing semi-unplugged with a trio means the relationship with the audience is more personal and intimate, and I really enjoy that.
Harry was co-founder, guitar player and songwriter with NZ Hall of Fame band Hello Sailor. His songwriting credits include, Lying in the Sand and Watch Your Back from Sailor’s award- winning first album, Dr I Like Your Medicine, 1981 Single of the Year for Coup D’Etat, and Muscles, that featured on Midge Marsden's Burning Rain album and was a 1991 APRA Silver Scroll finalist. Harry also played with The Pink Flamingos, Hammond Gamble and The Legionnaires for whom he wrote the Top 20 single You Bring Out the Worst in Me.
To the Sea is the first solo album for Harry Lyon. Produced by Lyttelton’s music auteur Delaney Davidson the album showcases Harry’s array of styles and influences with classic Kiwi rock, New Orleans vaudeville, Latin, Pasifika, country and a Christmas ballad for good measure. Lyrically subjects range from love songs to a life well lived and Harry’s usual wry political and social observations. The reviews were unanimous in their praise;
“..an album of so many highlights“ (Simon Sweetman)
“It should come as no surprise that Harry Lyon writes a great album,” (Graham Reid)
“They don't make them like this anymore. Classic Ponsonby Rock n Roll grooves.” (Andrew Dickens, NewstalkZB)
“The combination of Davidson’s outsider music, which has been fairly described as country noir, and Lyon’s warm, older school rock and blues, fits together in an act of near perfect musical serendipity. As the best albums do, “To The Sea” appeals at first listening, only to reveal more and more charms the further you immerse yourself in it.” (Phil Gifford, North and South, 2018)
“Harry Lyon’s solo debut is a raw relevant rocker” (James Belfield, NZ Listener, 29/10/2018)
Harry’s set will feature Sailor favourites, songs from his back catalogue, and of course some from his critically acclaimed Top 10 solo album “To The Sea”. He will be joined by;
Tony Waine (Bass):
Tony is an APRA Silver Scroll winner and founder of award-winning kiwi band The Narcs. The band’s debut gold album Great Divide earned 5 RIANZ Awards including Single of the Year for their Top Ten hit Heart and Soul. Tony has written songs with Shona Laing, Buzz Moller, Arthur Baysting. He produced the Best of the Narcs album and Christchurch The Music, the double CD compilation.
Josh Sorenson (Drums):
Josh is an in-demand drummer and respected music educator. He has played, toured and/or recorded with a veritable who’s-who of NZ music artist, including; King Kapisi, Sola Rosa, Annie Crummer, Nathan Haines, Joel Haines, Hammond Gamble, Rikki Morris, Debbie Harwood and Hello Sailor. He also composes, arranges and plays for his own original rock band Royal Jackets.
“To the Sea” out now on CD/LP/Digital. (Norm Records/ Southbound Distribution). CDs and LPs available at Harry’s shows.