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A Match Made in Heaven

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9 July 2006

A Match Made in Heaven

“Dave Dobbyn doesn’t take himself too seriously, yet achieves great depth in the heartfelt ballad. He tells his stories in a direct but slightly offbeat way but really reaches the emotional trigger of his audience… Tremendous stuff.” [The Press, Christchurch, Sep 2005]

Dave Dobbyn is one of New Zealand’s most renowned and treasured musicians, with a career that has spanned almost 30 years and a string of hits including “Be Mine Tonight”, “Beside You”, “Language”, “Slice of Heaven” and “Loyal”.

Now, for the first time, Dave Dobbyn teams up with the 70-piece Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Saturday 12 August to perform those hits, specially arranged for full orchestra by Tom Rainey.

Dave Dobbyn’s talents have consistently charmed their way into the consciousness of New Zealanders. A tribute to the lasting impact of his songs came in 2001 when New Zealand’s songwriters and music industry experts voted five of his songs onto the list of Top 30 New Zealand songs written in the previous 75 years. In May 2006 it was the public who secured him the No.1 slot on the Top 50 list with his song “Loyal”. Seven songs by Dave Dobbyn were included, more than any other songwriter. He also holds the record for the most Silver Scroll Awards for songwriting, and last year he won Songwriter of the Year at the 2005 Music Awards for his single “Welcome Home”, a song that has now been in the airplay charts for over a year.

Dave Dobbyn is a national icon who keeps on shining. And shine he certainly will with the full force of the APO behind him – this will be a night to remember.

Dave dobbyn & the APo
Saturday 12 August – 8.00pm, Aotea Centre THE EDGE®
Bookings: Ticketek Orchestra Hotline – ph (09) 307 5139 or visit

Dave Dobbyn & the APO is sponsored by Telecom with support from Radio Sport and Newstalk ZB. The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra receives major funding from Creative New Zealand and major grants from Auckland City and the ASB Charitable Trust.


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