Lynch’s music legacy lives on


Just over a decade after a loved Arrowtown entertainer’s death, his first band’s being honoured by Dunedin’s Hocken Library.

Kevin Lynch died in November, 2008, aged 60, after a long battle with cancer.

The talented Dunedin-born musician – who went on to make a name for himself both in NZ and overseas – was 18 when he became a member of The Titans, named after Titan Street, near the University of Otago where the band used to practice.

Daughter Emma Pullar says the group made a name for itself after winning the South Island Battle of the Bands but in a “relatively controversial” decision, didn’t win the national final.

“It was that real Dunedin sound – it was the start of that Dunedin sound that then became quite a thing, I think they were one of the first bands to be really doing stuff like that.

“They had a proper band manager back in the day and I’ve just seen a news clipping saying ‘they have an official fan club, here’s the address if you would like to write to them’. Apparently they were for reals, they were going places,” she laughs.

The Hocken Library’s honouring The Titans and The Catlins River Boys during ‘Shakedown! An Evening of 60s Bands’, next Thursday, part of its NZ Music Month celebrations.

Hocken’s Amanda Mills says the library was given a “wonderful collection” by The Titans manager’s widow late last year and when they started brainstorming about what to do for NZ Music Month inspiration struck.

“We had this collection to use and also another one on The Catlins River Boys and we thought ‘why don’t we try and bring them back into being’, so to speak.”

Pullar says while her mum, Jenny, won’t be able to make it, she and her siblings are planning on being there, as is Lynch’s sister, Kath Cole, who still lives in Dunedin and used to iron the suits for the band.