Singer with passion for justice performs at Snells Beach

The winner of two New Zealand Music awards, and a nominee for the APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award, will bring his solo show to the Little & Local café in Snells Beach this month.

West Auckland musician Derek Lind draws his inspiration from blues, country and rock music and his influences range from Bob Dylan,  Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen to T Bone Burnett, John Prine, Richard Thompson and Elvis Costello.

Derek has performed in New Zealand and around the world since the 1980s. He has played at major arts and music festivals and has supported international acts such as Sam Phillips, Michelle Shocked, and the Hothouse Flowers.

His songs reflect on justice, compassion and equity themes, particularly in relation to oppressed minorities of the world.

His seventh and current album, Solo, was recorded after the sudden death of his wife Ra in 2013.

New Zealand music critic Graham Reid says Solo is as powerful, intimate and moving a cycle of songs as you are ever likely to hear.

“It is also courageously cathartic and extraordinarily honest,” he writes.

Throughout his career, Derek has promoted the work of the relief and development agency Tear Fund and has spent time visiting development projects in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the Philippines and Thailand.

The Lind concert marks the third Live @ Little & Local event and plans are to continue them every two months.

The night will kick off with an open-mic session hosted by local poet Mark Raffills.  Poets, musicians, first timers and old hands will have an opportunity to share their material.

The show takes place at the Little & Local Coffee Kitchen on Friday, September 28 from 7.30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.