Puffin and his inspiration

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Two New Zealand songwriters will combine their troubadour-inspired lyrics at a Queenstown vineyard this weekend. 

Barry Saunders, best known for his musical career in The Warratahs, and Lindon Puffin, who fronted the glam rock band The Puffins in the 1990s, will entertain as part of The Summer Playground series at The Winehouse in Gibbston on Sunday afternoon. 

The series features eight home-grown artists playing fortnightly, and the duo follows United States-based artist Greg Johnson’s performance two weeks ago. 

The rest of the lineup in coming weeks is Opshop’s Jason Kerrison, Hollie Smith, Anika Moa with the final bash being Julia Deans and Seth Haapu on April 1. 

Although Saunders and Puffin have performed together a couple of times last year – including The Harbour Union in Wellington and Band Together in Christchurch – Puffin says Saunders is one of his childhood heroes and he is honoured to play with him. 

Puffin, whose genre sits loosely between country and rock and roll, says his songs have all been heavily influenced by Saunders’ tunes since he brought a Warratahs cassette when he was 10 years old. 

“His music has such a genuine feel about it, a real authenticity that I love and admire. 

“I remember being a kid and knowing all the songs off his album. I never knew I’d end up playing with him.” 

Catch Barry Saunders and Lindon Puffin Sunday from 6pm at The Winehouse. Tickets are $45 online and include door sales – kids under 13 go free