Putting the Wood into Sherwood


If you can’t find Will Wood on stage you might find him in a psychiatric ward.

However, tomorrow you will definitely find him playing Queenstown’s Sherwood.

The 26-year-old Auckland musician is also a part-time psychiatric nurse at Middlemore Hospital.

Wood classes his style of music as country, Americano and story telling.

Since the start of April he’s been touring New Zealand with his second album Magpie Brain.

He reckons the album name is a reflection of his own brain: “[It’s like] having the kind of attention span that flicks around onto everything.”

Although a lot of people don’t get what it means right away, he admits.

The NZ leg of his tour finishes at the end of the month.

After that he will hit the road — touring Europe for the rest of the year.

Wood will mainly play his new music this weekend although there will be other tunes from his first album Broken Man.

This will be his first time headlining a show at Sherwood.

The Aucklander is no stranger to Queenstown, having played here a few times.

“It’s a lot more relaxed [than other places] and always a lot of fun,” he says.

But that’s not his only connection with the resort — Wood’s family is originally from Queenstown.

Wood remembers his first gig from when he was a child.

At the age of four he played piano for a crowd.

“I remember I got given a piece of Lego after as a reward and I think that was my first gig and, ya know, I was very small,” he says.

Since then he’s continued to grow musically and, of course, he isn’t so small any more.

Before his solo career he was predominantly playing back-up for other people as a drummer.

It wasn’t until three or four years ago that he started writing his own music, he says.

Nowadays he’s a natural.

“I try to draw from things that happen in real life … a lot of it is from my own experience from travelling and that sort of thing.”

Wood will be joined this weekend by Tourettes, a live poetry performer, and Tom Cunliffe, a musician signed to the same record label as Wood.

There may be a few collaborations between Cunliffe and himself, he says.

Will Wood plays Sherwood this Saturday from 8pm to 11.30pm. Tickets are $10 on Eventfinda