McGlashan begins Antarctic spell

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 16:21 24/11/2012
15donL
A LEGEND: Don McGlashan

Relevant offers

Entertainment

Married At First Sight NZ will trivialise marriage, church says Elton John cancels shows after becoming 'violently ill' from bacterial infection TV review: Louis Theroux's LA Stories - his poking and probing feels wrong this time Survivor NZ: The Kiwi survivors who took on Nicaragua Happy Days star Erin Moran likely died of cancer Plans to close Wellington's Blair and Allen streets to traffic from 10pm on weekends to prevent alcohol pre-loading TVNZ breached privacy of Christmas Eve bus crash victims - BSA ruling Ed Sheeran sets record straight over music break rumours African Film Festival expanding beyond Auckland for the first time with Wellington taster session Caitlyn Jenner talks of suicide, secrets in new tell-all book

Musician Don McGlashan is chilling out - literally.
 
The Muttonbirds' frontman has arrived in Antarctica for a week long residency.

"I was chosen to go down by Antarctica NZ for a week, to see if a song or two about the ice might find its way onto my next album," McGlashan said.

"It's amazing here. We flew low over McMurdo Sound and landed on the sea-ice in dazzling sunshine."

"Apart from scientists and Scott & McMurdo base personnel, it was just me and Mark Binns on the plane. He's CEO of Meridian energy.  They're helping Scott Base with wind turbines. Yay! Green energy!"

The bird, from which the Muttonbirds take their name, is normally not seen further south than Fouveaux Starits.

"I believe they may have some in the freezer here," McGlashan said.

"I think I might be the southern-most live one."

While the primary purpose of McGlashan's visit is the potential for inspiration, there's a chance he might play a song or two.

"Yes, it looks like I'll be singing a few songs both at Scott Base and at McMurdo," he said. "They have good bands here, I'm told - so I won't be headlining."

The Muttonbirds' new album Free Range Live 2012 is out now.

Ad Feedback

- Sunday Star Times

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content