Los Angeles-based Kiwi songsmith Greg Johnson returns to New Zealand for a short tour in March, including a show at Leigh Sawmill Café on Saturday, March 24 at 9.30pm.
He will be supported by special guest Ben King.
Greg’s shows are known for their blend of cabaret, catchy pop songs and quirky storytelling.
“It has been so many years since I played at the wonderful Sawmill. I’m really looking forward to catching up with friends and fans to share a most enjoyable night and a drink or two,” he says.
Greg’s best-known songs include Isabelle, Don’t Wait Another Day, Save Yourself, It’s Been So Long, Now the Sun is Out and Kiss Me.
His song Liberty is an Australasian Performing Right Association silver scroll winner and he has won two New Zealand Music Awards.
Greg first discovered his zeal for music while growing up in Auckland on an eclectic blend of punk rock, Simon and Garfunkel and classical music.
He spent his early youth kicking around in various post-punk bands before accepting a job at local radio station, bFM.
Later, Greg joined the band Bluespeak, singing and playing the trumpet for a living.
His songwriting strength emerged on Vine Street Stories (1996), which was his first breakthrough album, featuring four top 20 singles.
He followed up with Chinese Whispers (1998) and Sea Breeze Motel (2001).
In 2002, Greg re-located to Los Angeles where he joined forces with renowned record producer Clark Stiles to complete his first US album, Here Comes the Caviar.
Tickets are available from Eventfinda.co.nz
Mahurangi Matters has a double pass to see Greg Johnson. To win, email your name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Greg” by March 19.