Playing music and singing has always been a big part of me. I played in my first professional band when still at Logan Park High School. The Bog Boogie Band, a hard-out bush band where I played hard-out fiddle. I didn’t get pissed much but I certainly remember the Tea Chest bass player falling over and also sticking his finger through the ceiling (he was very tall). I played in several bands in Melbourne and also did some session work. I got trapped in a fiddler’s body though, when all I really wanted to play was trumpet and/or guitar and sing. I played lots of music while raising my children back in Dunedin, less fiddle, more guitar and trumpet.
I really love the music process that goes with playing in Delgirl. It provides me with the most delicious opportunity to express the music that is so much a part of me.
(Nga Puhi/Ngati Hine/Te Orewai/Pakeha)
I grew up in Papakura South Auckland. My mum taught me to harmonise when I was really young, she was an important musical influence in my life. The song Miss Harris is about her. I was also really lucky to have great teachers who inspired and encouraged me. I learned the flute and piano, but it is singing that I love best, and playing the banjo - which my partner Simon doesn’t really lilke. How can anyone not like the banjo? I have two of them and I’m hoping one day our son George will start learning the other one and we can drive Simon nuts!!
Delgirl allows me an amazing creative outlet. I have heaps of songs and ideas and it is fantastic to be able to play absolutely whatever style or sound you want. Anything.
Singer, songwriter and bass player extraordinaire, John has played professionally since the early 1970’s when the Delgirls really were girls. He’s been in more bands than you can shake a bass bow at including Cripple, The Spaghettis, the Midge Marsden band, and is currently in The Chaps and the Whirling Eddys. So it was about blimmin time he joined a girl band! Good man.