Graham Reid | | 2 min read
The rock band Dragon may have been an unusual first announcement for this year's Womad but probably right for the majority demographic which attends. They may find, as Tim Finn did at a previous Womad, that the audience will happily sing the hits for them.
And Dragon certainly had plenty: April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough?, Rain, Still in Love With You . . .
Formed in Auckland around the late Marc Hunter and his brother Todd, they have enjoyed and endured a career in Australia and New Zealand, made in-roads into other territories, split up, reformed, split again and can reflect on almost three dozen players passing through their ranks.
Today only singer/bassist Todd Hunter remains from the original Dragon, but with popular Kiwi soulful singer Mark Williams out front it is the songs which will carry on.
Time then for Todd Hunter to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire in advance of their Womad appearance in March (details below)
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
This was on our radiogram in Taumarunui all the time. Edward Elgar - Serenade For Strings In E Minor, Op 20
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Ramones, Madonna, Jay-Z
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
Speak No Evil by Marc Hunter and Renee Geyer, Keith Urban playing guitar. It is here.
Gold In Them Hills by Ron Sexsmith
Philadelpia by Bruce Springsteen
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home...
Used to have many eclectic instruments until I started to feel like a curator in some obscure museum. So I gave them all away. Feel much better now thank you.
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be?
Grateful Dead. Pigpen and Tom Constanten era 1970
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include...)
Can’t remember, too long ago
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
Age Of Reason, John Farnham Very grateful for that song. It built our house and put our kids through school.
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Primavera, the painting by Sandro Botticelli
You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where and doing what?
Exactly this, playing in a band and loving it.
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