Aug 29, 2013
WILL CRUMMER: Shoebox Lovesongs (2011) Produced by Nick Bollinger and Arthur Baysting
Growing up in the small village of Turangi in Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, Will Crummer always loved to sing. His practice room was the top of a coconut tree. The records of Rarotongan songs he cut in New Zealand in the 60s made him one of the Pacific’s favourite singing stars. In 2010 I undertook a project with Will's daughter, the famous Annie Crummer, and Arthur Baysting to produce a new album of some of Will's favourite Rarotongan songs. Recording took place in Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios, which was filled with log drums, ukuleles and Will's still-beautiful voice. Shoebox Lovesongs is the result. It comes with a 47 minute documentary on Will and his music by film-maker Costa Botes.
MARG LAYTON: Trouble and Satisfaction (1999) Produced by Nick Bollinger
Marg is known throughout New Zealand's folk and blues clubs as a barnstorming performer and passionate interpreter of the blues. Her first album was recorded with some of Wellington's best jazz and blues musicians and displays Marg's mastery of a wide range of idioms, from uptown sophistication to juke joint boogie. Recorded at Marmalade and Plan 9's Arthur Street studio.
LET’S PLANET: Loving Tongues (1993) Produced by Nick Bollinger and Let's Planet.
Let's Planet are an indie rock band from Wellington, formed in the late 80s around the talents of singer/songwriters Caroline Easther and Alan Galloway. Their second album was recorded by Tim Farrant at Marmalade and Word Of Mouth studios in Wellington. We then went to Revolver in Auckland for mixing. Caroline's Holden Torana was an early casualty of the trip north, but the music survives.
DARREN WATSON: South Pacific Soul (2004) Produced by Nick Bollinger & Darren Watson
Wellington-based singer/guitarist Darren Watson cut his teeth fronting Chicago Smokeshop, a big blues showband. This solo set (which also features members of Trinity Roots, Twinset, Windy City Strugglers and Southside Of Bombay) shows the range and soulfulness of his original songs.
DELGIRL: Porchlight (2010) Produced by Nick Bollinger
Delgirl are an acoustic band from Dunedin who play original songs that draw on folk, country and blues. Porchlight, their second album, was recorded in the depths of a southland winter at the studio of Ross McNab in the region known as the Catlins. There was snow on the ground, but the music was warm.
WINDY CITY STRUGGLERS: Kingfisher (2004) Produced by Nick Bollinger
Formed in the late 60s around the unique talents of Wellington blues interpreters Bill Lake and Rick Bryant, the Strugglers have made five albums, all of which I produced. (The first couple are now out of print.) Their fourth album found them moving away from their jug band origins towards an eclectic and at times electric sound. In this all-original set you will hear harmony and heartbreak, laughter and loss. Kingfisher is a mature work reflecting the years of collective experience, both musical and personal.