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by THE EASTERN -       Oct 30, 2014



It’s been a pretty long year and a bit for the port town of Lyttelton Harbour, you’ve probably heard about all the bad stuff, we don’t need to dwell, yet in amongst all of that there’s been work going on of the positive kind, shoulders to wheel, hands to the pump, glasses to the ceiling kinda stuff. In amongst that, has been the strange phenomenon of a town of four thousand or so, punching way above its collective weight musically. Like the new hot water brought to the surface on the Rapaki shore, the town o


f Lyttelton has been bubbling and literally bursting with life and especially song.

This spring see’s some of its collective talent swaggering around New Zealand on a fourteen date tour that’ll see them circumnavigating the coast & laying waste to big & small towns alike.

Lyttelton's own The Eastern, Lindon Puffin, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams (songwriter and singer from The Unfaithful Ways) will all pack up the songs, the traveling sacks and throw the banjos, fiddles, acoustic guitars, bullet mics and harmonicas in the back of the van and do together what the lot of them have been doing as individuals around New Zealand and the world for the last whole bunch of years.

Rolling out together like an old time tent show, The Lyttelton Rough House Revival Tour will be a rollicking, rough housing, roof raising, ramble through the power of the New Zealand folk song. A three-hour show, the tour features full sets from all the acts plus an extended all in singalong / throwdown. All four acts are well known to the state highways of New Zealand but as a collective group of friends and comrades this will be the first time their touring cycles have allowed them to venture out on the road together.

The Eastern probably need little introduction to kiwi fans of songwriting, foot stomping folk music, and barrooms. The relentless string band is continually described as NZ’s hardest working band and by the dominion post as “the first new Zealand band in a long time to do things the good old fashioned way”. Three albums in (the latest ‘Hope & Wire’ entered the national charts at #11 and peaking at #2 on the NZ charts and number #1 on iTunes as well as gathering killer reviews everywhere it landed including 4 stars from the UK’s Q magazine and 5 from the NZ Herald), and with a reputation as a fierce and heart swelling live draw 2012 has seen the band already ticking off four months of touring around NZ and Australia. They’ve supported and toured with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy Barnes, Trinity Roots, The Warratahs and Louisiana’s own lil band o gold. Their song ‘State Houses By the River’ has also just made the shortlist for this year’s Apra Silver Scroll NZ song of the year. Closing the show every night the eastern promise to put it down as hard and as heartfelt as they possibly can.

Ably putting the weight of his fifteen years of touring and singing round these Isles behind the revival, will be Lindon Puffin, also a fellow Apra Silver Scroll nominated writer and singer. With his latest record ‘Hope Holiday’ gathering critical and commercial praise (4.5 stars NZ Herald), Lindon is well known as an engaging, anarchic and heartfelt presence on the highways and byways of NZ. His two previous records ‘Show Pony’ and ‘Stuff Like That’ found him touring NZ and the world harder and longer than most and his documentary ‘Figure 8000’ was a constant presence on Sky TV’s doco channel and in cinemas and halls alike.

Familiar touring buddies The Eastern and Puffin are thrilled to be joined by the Dark jump blues and country croon of Delaney Davidson who has spent most of the last year on his usual international touring circuit. Delaney describes himself as part man part wheel as he rolls his never-ending tour around Europe and the Americas and now back home with his port pals. Already this year Delaney has won the Apra Country Music Song of the Year which tops a twelve month loop where he was also a final five nominee for the 2011’s Apra Silver Scrolls and garnered stunning reviews of his ‘Bad Luck Man’ album (including five stars from the UK’s guardian newspaper).

Joining the mighty Davidson on stage will be Marlon Williams lead singer and songwriter from Lyttelton's Unfaithful Ways, barley creeping into of his twenties Marlon has been fêted nation wide as the great young hope of country music. The Unfaithful Ways’ debut album ‘Free Reign’ climbed every notable end of year best list and his songwriting talent was again noticed when he was nominated for song and album at this years apra country music awards. Delaney Davidson and Marlon will be presenting songs from their soon to be released collaborative album which sees them bringing the gifts to bear upon the history of the humble country song. A thrilling proposition the roughhouse revival tour will be a furious fifteen-date jump from city to town and back again.

Shaken, battered and beat up by quake after quake in the past year, Lyttelton has proved itself to be a resilient and positive community and springing from this spirit all four acts promise to carry some of that attitude and solidarity together to other places and folks throughout the country. Big city and small town alike will no doubt be shaken by the rumble these pickers, singers and chancers will bring with them. After they joined forces on last years top twenty earthquake charity album “The Harbour Union” (album of the year chch press), it will be undoubtedly be a bold pundit who would predict that the Lyttelton roughhouse revival would be anything less than one of the years, most thrilling, exciting, heartwarming and all around special tours of the year.

Nelson Theatre Royal Aug 23rd
Christchurch Lyttelton Top Club Aug 24th
Christchurch Lyttelton Top Club Aug 25th
Diamond Harbour* Memorial Hall Aug 26th
Dunedin Plato Aug 31st
Port Chalmers Chicks Hotel Sep 01st
Wellington Bar Bodega Sep 06th
Paekakariki St. Peters Hall Sep 07th
Whanganui Savage Club Sep 08th
New Plymouth Butlers Reef Sep 09th
Leigh Sawmill Sep 14th
Auckland* Whammy Bar/Wine cellar Sep 15th
Napier Cabana Sep 16th
Barrytown Barrytown Hall Sep 20th

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