Neil Finn in spat with Ryan Adams

Last updated 05:00 27/10/2011
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FALL OUT: Neil Finn performs with Janis Ian and Ryan Adams on The Songwriters Circle.

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Kiwi music legend Neil Finn has been caught in a spat with a fellow performer, after the taping of a show descended into bickering.

Trouble between Finn and alt country poster boy Ryan Adams started as they filmed an episode of the BBC's Songwriters' Circle.

Adams was apparently miffed when Finn and American folk-singer Janis Ian played guitar during his songs.

"I was respectful to both Neil and Janis by way of listening and enjoying their tunes. They played over almost every song I played. I found that odd and it nearly derailed Invisible Riverside," he wrote on a fan website.

Adams refused to sing backing vocals on the show's encore, the Crowded House classic Fall at Your Feet.

Witnesses said Finn let Adams know he was not happy in no uncertain terms.

Ian also joined the fray in an online post.

"I'm not sure what his problem was, but he would not sing the part he'd sung so beautifully in rehearsal – in fact, he would not sing at all. I have to say that in 45 years as a professional performer, I haven't seen that kind of behaviour before."

Adams responded again, saying Finn yelled at him for not joining in, but not at Ian for "singing out of tune".

"My experience was we had a nice time till Neil started yelling at people on stage. That was when things got ugly. And, I'm sorry, I don't care who you are. If you yell at me, I'm not going to be nice back. Certainly not going to play after that."

Finn has stayed quiet on the fallout, aside from one tweet: "Well Songwriters' Circle on BBC will be interesting, watch out for lovely backing vocals on Fall at Your Feet from Ryan."

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