Midge Marsden Profile

aka Keith Marsden
John Dix
13 Dec 2013

When he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit in 2006, the late Ritchie Pickett, wag that he was, dubbed Midge Marsden "His Midgesty". Oh, how we laughed. "Sir" Midge Marsden, NZ’s ambassador of the blues ...

Keith Douglas Marsden was born September 17, 1945 in New Plymouth, the eldest of five boys to Open Brethren parents whose beliefs had little influence on the undersized chap nicknamed Midge. His childhood piano lessons were a chore to be avoided but once he got the rock and roll vibe, a cherry red Fender Stratocaster guided his musical aspirations.

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Midge Marsden with Mississippi Willie Foster, 1991
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The Country Flyers in the late 1970s at Auckland University. Richard Kennedy and Midge Marsden.
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Dave Hurley and Midge Marsden during The Breakaways years
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High St Auckland 1980. A publicity shot for the Midge Marsden Connection album, with George Thoroughgood. Liam Ryan, Ta Rutherford, Midge Marsden, George Thorogood, Kev Thomas, and Sid Limbert.jpg
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The Midge Marsden Band, 1985. Sidney Limbert, Mike Farrell, Midge, Andrew Kimber and Kevin Thomas.
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Midge Marsden
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Midge Marsden arrives at Sweetwaters, 1981
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Midge and John Dodd
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The Country Flyers - L to R: Midge Marsden, Kevin Watson, Martin Hope, Jim Lawrie, Richard Nicholson
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A young Midge Marsden in The Breakaways. Taken at The Breakaways' house in Seatoun, Wellington in 1966/67, Midge is doing The Twist.
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Midge Marsden and his band perform on Brunch, 19/10/12
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"Only blues is blues," says Midge, early 1970s
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The Indicators - L to R: Liam Ryan, Mike Farrell, Neil Reynolds, Midge Marsden, Grant Hughson, Kelly Rogers, Andrew Kimber, Tony Crichton
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Midge Marsden with Martin Hope (left)
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Midge Marsden at The Island of Real, 1977/78
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Midge Marsden on piano in a youth club band, circa 1959/60
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Midge Marsden and Beaver at The Island of Real
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From the Kiwi Connection tour circa1979. From left - Sonny Day, Ray Chaber, Sidney Limbert, Bruce Dennis, and Midge Marsden.
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Midge Marsden at Mainstreet in the late 1970s
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Midge with Liam Ryan
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2nd tour to Texas and beyond 1992, on the banks of the Mississippi at Natchez under the hill. Richard TeOne, Sidney Limbert, Steve Larkin, Midge Marsden and Lynne Campbell.
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Midge Marsden and Sonny Day
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Midge Marsden and Mississippi Willie Foster, 1991
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Midge Marsden with the Phil Manning Band
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Greenville Mississippi 1st. U.S.tour 1991. Pete (Rooda) Warren, Midge Marsden, Willie Foster, Sidney Limbert, Lynne Campbell, Chris Nielson.
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