Chris Thompson: Hamilton (1990)

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Chris Thompson: Hamilton (1990)

The reissue of some early Seventies recordings by New Zealand folk-blues singer-songwriter Thompson allowed us to hear again one of the great lost musicians of that era.

Thompson's broad spectrum folk style in that period incorporated Indian music influences and black rural blues -- but later on he also delivered a fairly droll line in Kiwiana . . . as with this song, written in that lineage which started with Peter Cape's slightly drawling and nasal delivery about jokers and shielas and carried on through Barry Crump's books and satirist John Clarke (aka Fred Dagg).

This homage of sorts to Hamilton became a favourite on the live circuit -- although I was never there when he played it in Hamilton.

No matter, there might be those who would say that with just a word change here and there it would still be very true . . . but I couldn't possibly comment on that.

Chris Thompson's previously unreleased album from the mid Seventies (plus other tracks, including Hamilton) recently appeared on a self-titled double disc. And he also answered the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire here

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Richard V - Feb 1, 2011

Hi Graham

I'm a Yorkshireman who emigrated to NZ seven years ago and have lived in Hamilton since I arrived. I played the song "Hamilton" and that's not the city I know and love. Farming has shifted out to the surrounding towns, so we don't see much sheep shearing here now. Still plenty of bars, though.
I've found four of Chris's albums in recent times, but hadn't heard this song before - so thanks for putting it out. A bit of Kiwi history on record (literally).

chris thompson - Feb 4, 2011

Hi Graham + in response to Richard(from Yorkshire)..I am a fifth generation New Zealander and have lived in and around Hamilton for fifty years.My music is as real and contemporary as I am, and (in the local hit version by The Big Muffin Serious Band)is as well known and anthemic as any New Zealand folk song.Check www.htownwiki.expdev.net for further local musical culture.Best regards, Chris Thompson.

chris thompson - Feb 4, 2011

On second thoughts, better to google htownwiki 'cos "the Underground's gone deeper"....C.T.

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