This new release in 2017 is another collaboration between Martin Curtis and Graham Wardrop and is an album of almost entirely new material of songs about New Zealand and beyond. It was begun as long ago as 2010, so has been 7 years in production – due to some extent by the Christchurch earthquake destroying Graham Wardrop’s recording studio. We think it has been worth waiting for. It features 8 more of Martin’s original songs, including serious warnings about the decline of the kea and kiwi populations, a song about his beloved Himalayan country of Bhutan and closing with his “Song for New Zealand” which has already drawn favourable comments from those who have heard it. In addition it also includes a beautiful unrecorded song from the late Marcus Turner, Bob Bickerton’s tongue in cheek “The Close Shave” (made famous throughout the folk music world by Irish legend Andy Irvine) and a haunting instrumental “The Hills of New Zealand” composed by Joanie Madden of the USA based Celtic supergroup Cherish the Ladies.
Released in 2013, this album was recorded at a live concert in Canterbury in August 2013 and features Martin Curtis at his best, live in front of an enthusiastic audience. The concert was so successful that it couldn’t be edited down to a single CD, so this is a double album! It features many original songs, several humorous poems, lots of the inter-song patter, and includes 6 tracks where Martin is joined by close friend and internationally renowned NZ guitarist Graham Wardrop.
This album of almost entirely new material was released in June 2008, and was five years in production. It features seven of Martin’s original songs, including his tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary (Sir Ed), a song about his ancestor John Fryer who was ship’s master of the ill-fated “Bounty” and compositions about Okarito on the West Coast, Norfolk Island, and the endangered Takahe. It also includes his protest at the destruction of our braided rivers for power generation. This time Martin has also drawn on excellent material from other songwriters, including Paul Bond’s anthem “As Long as we beat Australia” and Peter Cape’s classic “Black Matai.” The album has been superbly engineered on digital equipment by guitarist Graham Wardrop, who also plays on several tracks. A nominated finalist for a Tui award as “Folk Album of the year 2008”.
A collection of songs about Martin's love of mountaineering and travel, it covers places as diverse as New Zealand, Tibet, Iceland, Scotland, Wales, England and Nepal. An interesting and heartening feature is that everyone seems to have different favourites on the album, but the title track, "A Climber's Moon", written about Martin's passion for climbing in the Southern Alps is attracting particular interest from audiences at concerts, regardless of whether or not they are mountaineers themselves. All the material is original with the exception of Eric Bogle's classic song about the Anzacs at Gallipoli. Recorded by and with Christchurch guitar virtuoso Graham Wardrop, with guest appearances by Bob Fox (UK) and Brian Maguire (NZ).
This compilation album was produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Otago, and was the first time any of the popular material from Martin’s first three albums was available on CD. It includes Martin’s own “Gin & Raspberry” which has become a folk standard around the world, his tribute to the New Zealanders at Gallipoli (“The Daisy Patch”) and the song "Otago My Home" written especially for the celebrations in 1998. A tremendous collection of music about New Zealand, from the early days of the goldminers to the issues of today, it has proved extremely successful since its release. Digitally remastered by Geoff Cavender Studios in Christchurch.
This theme album mirrors Martin's interest and concern for the unique wildlife, bush, mountains and shoreline of New Zealand, and has been welcomed by organisations such as Forest and Bird, WWF and the Department of Conservation, who are stocking it in some of their National Park Field Centres. Many of the songs were written by Martin whilst out in the bush, and the album also includes three great songs by long time friend Eric Bogle, one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary songwriters. All the items are new recordings and feature some more contemporary arrangements, with superb guitar work from Graham Wardrop and a folk rock sound on several tracks. Of Martin's own material, the song "Yellow and Blue" about the saving of the Chatham Island Black Robin, has created particular interest among the listening public, whilst the humorous poem about two keas on a hut roof is a great favourite on National Radio.
Although initially produced as a resource kit for teachers, this album has surprised us in that several record shops are now stocking it in their children's section, as Mums, Dads, Grannies and Grandads are buying it as gifts. It was recorded live with children from schools in Blenheim and Wanaka, and presents the "serious" songs in a way that makes them popular with younger children. It also includes a few fun songs with a kiwi flavour. A Kiwi album for Kiwi kids - of all ages! Available with or without an accompanying songbook. (Further information can be found under Schools).
This compilation album was put together to commemorate the 1996 Otago Goldfields Heritage Cavalcade coming to the settlement of Cardrona as the host town, and is proving popular with tourists to the region. This collection brings together all of the songs and stories of the Cardrona and Upper Clutha areas, from the early days of the Goldrush right through to the flooding of the Cromwell Gorge - a unique musical souvenir of the magical dry heart of New Zealand’s South Island.
This is the first time this 1990 album has been available on CD. All of the songs have since been included on other albums released by Martin, with some of them being re-mixed or re-recorded. However this album features the original recordings of these 10 songs, all of which were written by Martin, and which was a finalist in the “Folk Album of the Year” category of the New Zealand Music Awards. This was the first time Martin had worked with New Zealand’s stella guitarist Graham Wardrop, a partnership which has now lasted 25 years and 5 further albums. The album also includes stunning accompaniment by multi-instrumentalist Davy Stuart and superb vocals by singer Denny Stanway. The song The Daisy Patch was inspired by the writings of author Maurice Shadbolt in his book “Voices of Gallipoli” and we thought it appropriate that it should be re-released in the year of the centenary of the landings on the Turkish peninsula in 1915.
Martin’s first album, recorded with the help of musicians Paul Hutchins and Eric McEachen, has become a classic in New Zealand folk music, and is reputedly still the country's top selling folk album. It contains several songs about the Otago goldfields and life in Central Otago, and includes Martin's own "Gin & Raspberry", which has now been recorded by musicians in Australia, USA, Canada and Britain. Also includes material by James K. Baxter, Paul Metsers, and two Eric Bogle classics. Available on CD (digitally remastered in 2013), and Vinyl.
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