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Nelson: Sou'westers back from the Stormy weather

Media release - Monday 27th of Feb, 2011.

Sou'westers back from the Stormy weather.

The recent floods in Nelson drove Hobbits out of town and cancelled the gig of The Souw'esters, as Rocks road closed, but now they are back this Friday 2nd of March to perform at The Boat House in Nelson

The Sou’westers are Liam Ryan (The Narcs), Aly Cook and Dean Heatherington (The Coalrangers).

Ryan made his name as a songwriter playing keyboards with gold record and TUI award winners The Narcs with whom he wrote a number of singles which charted in the 1980s: “You Took Me Heart and Soul’, “Diamonds on China” and “Missing In Action”. He has also had success writing singles for other artists including Midge Marsden (“One Wheel In The Sand”). He has since had a long career as a producer with two solo albums and has been a sideman playing alongside international artists such as US guitarist Robben Ford and UK bluesman Long John Baldry. In the early 1990s he worked regularly in Hollywood and was signed to Criterion Publishing who also had in their stable Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Lyle Lovett.

Aly Cook's second single Midnight Sun from “Brand New Day” which was released in May 2011. Can be seen rotating on SKY63 and if you tune (via the net) into anyone one of 30 FM radio stations across Australia and streaming at 9.30am this Friday morning, you will hear her featuring on Good Morning Country programme. . A previous nominee for APRA New Zealand Country Song of the Year with “I Wonder”

Cook has toured extensively performing in NZ, Australia, UK, France and Norfork Island. Aly was one of 25 finalists nominated for NEXT magazine NZ woman of the year 2011. She is one busy Nelsonian, many Nelsonians would have seen her perform with The Coalrangers at the Woollaston Jazz & Blues Festival & as a backing vocalist to Sharon O'Neill at Brightwater Food & Wine Festival recently.

Cook said "Its not often I get to perform my own songs in Nelson, Ive played in over a dozen overseas festivals in the last few months, so nice to perform at home . I am totally looking forward to The Boathouse and performing with Liam & Dean"

Ryan and Cook will be joined by songwriter & multi instrumentalist and CoalRanger Dean Heatherington…..
Dean is a member of South Island band the CoalRangers previous winners of the Tui for New Zealand Country Album of the year. Dean is one of the songwriters with the Coalrangers having also peformed at the 2012 Woollaston Jazz & Blues Festival in Nelson in January. He is a session musician & arranger with some 25 years of experience as a working musician both in NZ and abroad.
Ryan and Cook have been working together off and on for over 20 years making connections when they were both working deep in the Auckland music scene.

Both are now resident in Tasman.

“We always look forward to working together and adding Dean’s incredible musicianship to the mix”, says Ryan. “The song is the basic unit of work for musicians – this is a chance for us to celebrate our own songs and the songs of some of great songwriters that have inspired us”.

The Sou'westers will also travel south next week to perform at the opening of the Wildfoods Festival.

Gig details here .


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