Dobbyn praises late, great humourists

Dave Dobbyn, pictured here in 2016, kept the crowd entertained in Feilding on Thursday night.
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Dave Dobbyn, pictured here in 2016, kept the crowd entertained in Feilding on Thursday night.

Dave Dobbyn has paid tribute to Murray Ball and John Clarke at a concert in front of their hometown audience.

Cartoonist Ball, from Feilding, and satirist Clarke, from Palmerston North, were remembered by the renowned New Zealand singer during a show in Feilding on Thursday night.

"We will miss them," Dobbyn said as he closed the first half of the show.

Dave Dobbyn paid tribute to Murray Ball and John Clarke.
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Dave Dobbyn paid tribute to Murray Ball and John Clarke.

"Murray Ball was a passionate man. I loved him very much. I loved his family. "

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Dobbyn said he had stayed with Ball in Melbourne. 

"God bless him and his family."

Dobbyn also praised Clarke. 

"He was a brilliant human being. An incisive satirist. A very funny man."

Dobbyn honoured the pair singing the song You Oughta Be In Love, from the Footrot Flats film.

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The crowd were impressed with the show.

For Glenda van de Ven-Long and Bronwyn McManus it was their first ever time seeing Dobbyn in concert. 

"He is a bit of an icon," van de Ven-Long said. 

"His songs are inspired by New Zealand culture and things that are relevant to us. 

"That is what I like about him. I feel really connected to him. "

Beth Cuming saw Dobbyn when he performed in Feilding last year. 

"He was so amazing and I was kind of sold from that point."

She enjoyed seeing him again.

"He sounds exactly like he sounds when you listen to him on an album. "

 - Stuff

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