Don McGlashan


Don McGlashan calls it luck – others might beg to differ.

But however he’s managed it, clocking up 30 years as a pro musician in New Zealand is a marvellous achievement.

The one-time Mutton Birds frontman started out in 1979 with percussion ensemble From Scratch before going on to make his mark with agit-punks Blam Blam Blam and music/theatre duo The Front Lawn.

On Saturday, McGlashan celebrates the release of second solo album Marvellous Year with a gig at Revolver, backed by his band The Seven Sisters.

Despite his illustrious past, McGlashan says he’s never been happier with his lot.

“I don’t think I have any aspirations now,” he explains. “I love what I do and I’m really lucky that no one’s kind of blown the whistle on it.

“This last year I’ve been able to finish my own record on my own terms and get it out. I also did two film scores, which took me way out of my comfort zone (Dean Spanley and Show Of Hands) and I got invited to tour with Crowded House to a lot of cool places.

“They all seem to be leading on to other opportunities to perform or collaborate with other people.”

He “got a real kick” out of a solo tour of London, Amsterdam and Vancouver earlier this year and more overseas solo shows are on the cards, McGlashan says.

But fitting family life around soundtrack work and touring with his band remains the priority.

“It’s all at a level that’s manageable,” he says. “My life’s not having to be derailed.”

The thread of optimism that runs through his follow-up to the Tui-nominated 2006 solo album Warm Hand is in keeping with his present state of mind, McGlashan says.

“A lot of people strive to get balance in their life. I’ve kind of happened upon it by accident but I’m in a really good space at the moment.

“The album definitely does take you in a direction of looking outwards rather than navel-gazing, but I don’t know that I’d want to take it any further than that.”

Catch Don McGlashan and The Seven Sisters with guest Reb Fountain at Revolver on Saturday from 10pm. Tickets from Play It Again