Coming to the Wild East

RAMBLIN’ MAN: Singer/songwriter Adam McGrath returns to the state highways and byways as part of his Ragged Ramble Tour which brings him to the Wild East. Picture supplied

Fleetwood Mac, Paul Kelly, and Old Crow Medicine Show are among international acts singer/songwriter Adam McGrath has toured with — and now he’s coming here.

Described by The Warratahs’ Barry Saunders as “the truth” McGrath writes folk songs with nifty pop hooks.

“Snowbound on a winter’s night/ Whiskey’s gone and so is the wine,” he sings in the catchy track Snowbound. “Rose, you left me more than three weeks ago/ and ever since then it’s done nothing but snow.”

A people’s player with a blue-collar work ethic, the lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern says “somewhere between Waimamaku and Bluff just over there on the left side of the road, that’s where things tend to make the most sense.”

In the man-of-the-road tradition he likes a good story — like the one about the night The Eastern opened for Fleetwood Mac. Before his ramblin’ ways took him to Taranaki he used to confuse the names New Plymouth and Palmerston North. He recalls standing in front of “17 mazillion more people than I ever get to play to”.

“I almost said ‘Palmerston North are you ready to rock’ or something equally as stadium. Just as the ‘Paaaa’ sound was leaving my lips I looked down and saw just below the monitors, written in huge letters, in sharpie, on silver gaffer tape, the words ‘New Plymouth’ which were put there to aid Stevie Nicks in remembering where she was. I corrected myself and it all went geographically smoothly from there.”

Adam McGrath finds his way to the Dome Room, May 17. Doors open 7.30pm. Presales $18+bf from www.undertheradar.co.nz or $25 cash on the door.

Fleetwood Mac, Paul Kelly, and Old Crow Medicine Show are among international acts singer/songwriter Adam McGrath has toured with — and now he’s coming here.

Described by The Warratahs’ Barry Saunders as “the truth” McGrath writes folk songs with nifty pop hooks.

“Snowbound on a winter’s night/ Whiskey’s gone and so is the wine,” he sings in the catchy track Snowbound. “Rose, you left me more than three weeks ago/ and ever since then it’s done nothing but snow.”

A people’s player with a blue-collar work ethic, the lead singer and songwriter from mythical mongrel Christchurch folk/country band The Eastern says “somewhere between Waimamaku and Bluff just over there on the left side of the road, that’s where things tend to make the most sense.”

In the man-of-the-road tradition he likes a good story — like the one about the night The Eastern opened for Fleetwood Mac. Before his ramblin’ ways took him to Taranaki he used to confuse the names New Plymouth and Palmerston North. He recalls standing in front of “17 mazillion more people than I ever get to play to”.

“I almost said ‘Palmerston North are you ready to rock’ or something equally as stadium. Just as the ‘Paaaa’ sound was leaving my lips I looked down and saw just below the monitors, written in huge letters, in sharpie, on silver gaffer tape, the words ‘New Plymouth’ which were put there to aid Stevie Nicks in remembering where she was. I corrected myself and it all went geographically smoothly from there.”

Adam McGrath finds his way to the Dome Room, May 17. Doors open 7.30pm. Presales $18+bf from www.undertheradar.co.nz or $25 cash on the door.

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