22 Nov 2023

Music: David Harrison - an unsung musical hero

From Nine To Noon, 11:05 am on 22 November 2023

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David Harrison

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This week Ian Chapman shines a well-deserved spotlight on Hawkes Bay-born David Harrison, a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Otago.

A highly skilled guitarist, vocalist, song-writer, producer and engineer, Harrison goes above and beyond in his mentoring of young talent, often taking aspiring acts into the studio in his own time to record and produce them.

Several such acts have featured on Nine to Noon this year and he has just unearthed a significant new talent in Kate Ella.

Her debut track, 'Messy Boys’, is to be launched on Friday but will be previewed on the show today.

Beyond this mentoring role, Harrison has an intriguing track record of his own including a near miss with international success in the late 90s with DNE, a dance duo that also featured singer Aly Cook, now a country music star.

Ian Chapman is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Music at Otago University.