Foot-stompin' good time guaranteed

01:40, Sep 28 2012

Love songs, pub songs and even dog songs will feature at a concert tomorrow night at The Secret Garden in Blenheim.

Kiwimusicana, a musical carnival of songs, characters and stories of New Zealand, is the work of Taranaki musician Mike Harding. Blenheim is just one of the towns he is visiting from Whangarei to the Catlins during a two-month national tour.

Harding's musical career started with an "apprenticeship" in Auckland's Parnell Village and along Karangahape Rd, learning from bohemian folk-singers and street buskers.

An OE followed, where he was exposed to indigenous music from other cultures. When he returned he started searching for New Zealand's music.

As he hitch-hiked and busked his way around the country, Harding started hearing Kiwi songs: "Pub songs, dog songs, sheila-and-bloke songs, sea songs, farm songs, city songs and Down the Hall on Saturday Night songs."

The show starts at The Secret Garden on Maxwell Rd at 7.30pm and costs $10 per person.

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