Cap Global Roots Series and the Rogue present

Don McGlashan

from New Zealand

Don McGlashan (New Zealand)





3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano

Accessible All ages

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Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and highly regarded songwriters. He lead iconic kiwi band The Mutton Birds for most of the 90s, relocating with the group to London for the latter half of that time. Their album “Envy Of Angels” made the UK Sunday Times ten best albums list. David Sheppard of Q Magazine called The Mutton Birds’ 4th album “Rain Steam & Speed” “…a minor masterpiece”.

The Mutton Birds were part of The Tragically Hip's "Another Roadside Attraction" tour of Canada & the US in 1997, along with Los Lobos, Wilco, Ron Sexsmith and Sheryl Crow.

Since The Mutton Birds, Don’s made three acclaimed solo albums, “Warm Hand” - 2006, “Marvellous Year” - 2009, and "Lucky Stars" - 2015. His 2006 gospel anthem “Bathe In The River” - sung by Hollie Smith, has become one of the biggest NZ singles of all time, Australian legend Paul Kelly has included Don's song "White Valiant" in his live solo set.

He's toured Australia, the US and Europe with Crowded House, both as opening act and as a band member, and he guested on euphonium, guitar, mandolin and backing vocals on Crowded House albums "Time On Earth" and "Intriguer". He was part of Neil Finn's Seven Worlds Collide project - collaborating on his own songs with the Smiths' Johnny Marr, and members of Wilco and Radiohead, and he's just finished providing vocals on Finn's most recent album "Out Of Silence".

Released in New Zealand in April 2015, “Lucky Stars” has been McGlashan’s most successful record since his hits with The Mutton Birds, going top five on the NZ charts, and receiving rave reviews in both NZ and Australia.


"The detail in Don’s songs – his lyrics – framed by the strange angels resting on his shoulders, cresting the wave of each song with him, help to shape and place this music as moment, postcard, handwritten letter." - Off The Tracks - NZ, 2016

"A masterclass in song craft... with an inner world all his own." - Australian Rolling Stone, 2016

"Don McGlashan is one of the most complete musicians to grace this planet. Whether it’s singing, songwriting, or blowing on a euphonium, Don always comes at it from his own unique angle. He’s a misfit’s Renaissance Man." - Brian Ritchie, The Violent Femmes, 2017