Distinctive Sounds of Don McGlashan
The distinctive sound of STREET LEGAL is
courtesy of Don McGlashan but it's far from the first score he’s
written. He’s applied
to his talents to Jane Campion’s ‘An Angel At My Table’, the
British Film Institute's “Cinema of Unease – 100 years of NZ Film’,
he wrote and arranged pieces for the 1990 Commonwealth Games and was
Assistant Musical Director of the Games' opening ceremony.
most popular legacy is that of his work with the Mutton Birds. He has been singer and main
songwriter with the band since 1991.
Each of their four albums has made the NZ top ten. They have had two singles in
the top 5, a number one hit with ‘The Heater’, and McGlashan’s
song ‘Anchor Me’ won the A.P.R.A Silver Scroll in 1994. In 1995,
the group signed with Virgin Records UK and based themselves in London
from then until 1999, touring and releasing records all over the
1999 McGlashan returned to New Zealand in search of a quieter life,
but wound up as musical director of 'This Is It', the millennium
celebration in Auckland’s Domain.
This involved coordinating and writing for the Auckland
Philharmonia, a 200-voice choir, hundreds of community performers and
a percussion ensemble suspended over a seven story high pyrotechnic
was a member of ‘From Scratch’ from 1979-86 and was drummer and
singer with legendary band ‘Blam Blam Blam’ from 1980 –82. In 1985 he formed ‘The Front
Lawn’ with Harry Sinclair, performing at the Edinburgh festival in
both 1988 (when they won The Independent’s theatre award) and 1989.
They also toured throughout Europe, America, Australia and here at
currently lives in Auckland with his wife and their two children and
is writing songs for the next