Alan Downes

  • When: 3rd Mar 1:35pm
  • Where: (10) Gordon Place Songwriters Showcase
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Alan was a long-time country boy. He spent his first five decades living in the backblocks of Hawke’s Bay hearing stories, and telling a few tales of his own, when the locals got together for a country-dance or a party.

When he moved to the city, he picked up a guitar and started writing songs to capture the memories. Following the traditions of country and folk music, his songs are narratives on the ordinary and extraordinary people that don’t make the history books.

Performing only his own original work, Alan sings lyrical ballads about the New Zealand that we need to remember, the good times and how the bad times can give you the best yarns. They are (mostly) true stories of people and places told with careful observation, a good dollop of humour and a little nostalgia.

Alan has three CDs of original music. The Best(2013), Moving On(2014) and Road Trip(2017). The songs keep coming.

Alan, along with fellow musician Janine Mitchell started Newtown Acoustic Sound – an open mic session happening twice a month at the Office Bar in Newtown. This supports local songwriters and musicians to hone their craft in front of an appreciative audience.

Check out this clip of Alan Downes performing The One About the Girl