Fifteen top songwriters have written songs about old
New Zealand with the aim of making a CD, performing a concert and
making a documentary about the project.
Artists include; John Hanlon, Geoffrey Chunn, Donna Dean, Cameron
Bennett, Robyn Kamira, Craig Bracken, Linn Lorkin, Adam McGrath and
more as listed below.
The song subjects range from Charlotte Badger (the first European
woman in New Zealand), Nancy Wake (Spy), The Orpheus and Ventnor
shipwrecks, Beatrice Tinsley (Astronomer), Archibald Baxter
(Conscientious Objector), a Thomas Bracken poem 'God's Own Country'
put to music by Chris Priestley and Craig Bracken (the Great Great
Grandson of Tom) and more.
A concert at the Crystal Palace in Mt Eden is to be filmed and
recorded with the possibility of taking it to other areas and
adding more local songwriters.
Funds raised through the Boosted project will support the making
of the CD.
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"God's Own Country" New Songs About Old NZ Artists & Songs
"New Zealand": A James K. Baxter poem put to music by
"Venus in Chains": Charlotte Badger's story by
"The Last Green Flash": (A Ghost on the Deck of the
Orpheus) by *Geoffrey Chunn*
"Wrong Side of the Law": The Burgess/Kelly Gang by
*You Me Everybody*
"The Ghost of the Vulcan Hotel": by *Cameron
"Ballad for Brunner": by *Steve Cournane*
"God's Own Country": A Thomas Bracken Poem put to
music by *Craig Bracken & Chris Priestley*
"499": The Ventnor Story by *Robyn Kamira &
"Fanny Rose": The story of Princess Te Rangi Pai by
"1913 The Strike" by *Adam McGrath*
"Archie Baxter/Field Punishment No 1*: by John
"Tiger Lil" of Don Bucks camp": A poem by Marianne
Simpkins put to music by *Chris Priestley*
"La Souris Blanche": Nancy Wake's Story by *Linn
Lorkin & Chris Priestley*
"Unbound Universe": A tribute to Beatrice Tinsley by
"Ena's Song": Ena Evenell by *Donna Dean*
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Listen to the Radionz interview with John Hanlon,
Cameron Bennett & Chris Priestley