Sun, 16 Feb | Lindale Village Barn

Night of Songwriters - Postponed

Drew Bowden released his debut album "Out Comes The Sun" 19 years ago, produced by Ross McDermott. Returning from Australia Drew, Geoffrey Hern, Micheal Stirling, Dean Chandler and Ross, backed by the wonderful grooves of Andy Richardson join together to perform a plethora of original material.
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Night of Songwriters - Postponed

Time & Location

16 Feb 2020, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lindale Village Barn, 111 Main Road, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand

About the Event


It's been 19 years since Drew Bowden released debut album "Out Comes The Sun" produced by Ross McDermott.  Fine musicians such as Geoffrey Hern, Micheal Stirling,  Dean Chandler & Ross all played a big part on the recordings.


Returning from Australia Drew, Geoffrey, Micheal, Ross & Dean backed by the wonderful grooves of Andy Richardson, band together again to perform a plethora of original material on one special night in the rustic Lindale Barn. 

Sit down, relax and enjoy an intimate concert of solo/duo/3-5 piece performances from all four singer/songwriters. Genres include the Country Rock, Blues Soul tunes of Stirling Hern, Acoustic Rock from Dean Chandler and Surf Rock Folk Swamp from Drew. 

Anzil Cafe caters for a delicious meal beforehand for only $50 dinner and show.  Or show only $25.  Note dinner will be served at ‘shared tables’ so there is no guarantee a large group can be accommodated at the same table. Doors open at 6pm for Dinner & Show Guests.  The show starts at 7:30pm 

Tickets can be purchased by debit/credit card (no transaction fee charged) Paypal or bank transfer, hope to see you there.

About Drew

Raised in Taupo, New Zealand, Drew recorded his first demos in Melbourne, 1985, with friends Robbie Dillan (Colin Hay Band), Bill McDonald and Max Chazan (Paul Kelly Band), Steve Williams (Jo Jo Zep) and James Reyne (Australian Crawl). 

1985 - Formed his first band, The Rockweilers, playing bars and clubs in Melbourne. 

1986 - Joined party band, Rooda, with Pete Warren (DD Smash), Dave Gent (Exponents) and Andy Langsford (Legioneers) for a rocking six months around NZ, including many special guests such as Dave Dobbyn, Graham Brazier, Dave McCartney, Dilworth Karaka and Charlie Tumahai (Herbs) The band recorded an unreleased EP at Stebbings Studio in Auckland. 

1987 - Drew teamed up with Pete again, Paul Scott, Ace Mason (Pop Mechanix) and Martin ONeill (Murphy's Law) to form Big Trouble, the house band for the Palladium nite club in Christchurch.Special guests include Malcolm Foster (Pretenders,Simple Minds) and many more. 

Big Trouble recorded a bunch of songs at Niteshift Studio and from strength of Drews song “Living Without You”the band was offered a deal with Melodian Records, the band never signed. 

Big Trouble became a three piece in 1989 with Pete on drums, Marty on bass and Drew on gat. They toured around the South Island staying in Queenstown for the winter disbanding soon after. 

1990 - Drew travelled to LA on a troubador journey meeting some great friends along the way. 00 Released his debut solo CD, “Out Comes The Sun”.   The album was produced by Ross McDermott, Geoff Hern(bass), Michael Stirling(gat), Micky Ututoanga (drums), Dean Chandler, Shalleen Hern and Natalie Elms (bv's). The title track was included on NZOnAir's contemporary hit disc. 

2002 - Drew moved to Melbourne(Mornington Peninsula)i with his family 

2004 - Released’ The Waters Edge’ through Two songs from “The Waters Edge” where placed on the Australian soap, Neighbours. 

2009 - Moved back to NZ Released ‘Be Still’ with the late Chris Haylock (drums) and Peter Kaighan (double bass) via Ode Records NZ. 

Drew took a step back from live music scene due to a serious leg injury allowing quality family time and focus towards his 2 sons surfing careers. Spending most of the time on the coast theres an even more laid back summer style to his new tunes. 

2019 - 19 August began working the wonderful musician producer Murray Burns (MiSex) on “Saltwater” the upcoming CD due out in July. Special guests include Michael Barker (JBT)drums,Rob Paterson (Bass), Murray Burns (Keys), Dave Aitken (Resin Dogs)drums, Maurice Cernigoi (Bass)

2020 - 20 Feb Mini pre release tour with Michael Stirling, Geoff Hern, Andy Richardson, Ross McDermott, Dean Chandler, Michael Barker & more 

"Be Still" reviews 

Steve Asplin (Manawatu Standard) 

With a style similar to other surf-rock crossovers Donovan Frankenreiter & Jack Johnson Drew Bowden writes songs that easily competes with theirs and at times is better.   His music is intensely personal and entrancing. He not only has a fantastic voice, but is a talented guitarist as well.  “Be Still” is one of those hidden gems that deserves more exposure. Bowden’s music is worthy of recognition for its simplicity and unassuming beauty. 

Jo Tindling (Amplifier Magazine) 

At first listen Drew Bowden 3’s “Be Still” sounds like the kind of album I would have listened to constantly over the summer.Unlike other Surf rock albums though, there are more to the songs than just nice guitar playing and a good voice. Bowden’s personal lyrics coupled with his wonderful use of minimal orchestration makes for a sad.sweet.intimate album that just gets better the more you listen to it.   As an album “Be Still” gives an authentic portrayal of the world through Bowden’s eyes and shows him to be a singer songwriter with an innate understanding for his own voice.Its t times sweet and at times sorrowful but always authentic.


Bing Turkby ( NZ Musician Magazine) 

The DB3 are a good.tight trio with restrained drumming and supportive double bass playing which forms the backdrop for Bowden to showcase his breathy singing.and slightly gutsier guitar playing..He’s damn good at what he doe and his songwriting is just as good as his instrumental facility and if the proof’s in the pudding he’ll get his just desserts

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