25 Nov 2020

Graeme Downes looks back

From Nine To Noon, 11:06 am on 25 November 2020

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Graeme Downes

Graeme Downes Photo: Supplied

After four years talking music with us every fortnight on Nine to Noon, today is Graeme Downes' last show for health reasons.

Graeme is a rock musician who founded The Verlaines in Dunedin in 1981, at the heart of what came to be known as the Dunedin Sound - along with Toy Love, The Chills, The Clean, Straitjacket Fits and many others.

Graeme has a classical background - his PhD was in the symphonies of Mahler.

He went on to an academic career at Otago University teaching band performance, songwriting, analysis, music theory, seminal works and more.

A new limited edition Verlaines double-album on vinyl, Dunedin Spleen, has just been released and swiftly sold out.

Graeme talks with Kathryn about his long and varied musical career.