Ross Mullins Profile

aka Last Man Down
Graham Reid
21 Nov 2018

When pianist-singer Ross Mullins released his seventh album The Poet and the Fisherman in 2016 it was certainly long overdue but perhaps not long-awaited.

It had been 17 years since his previous album and for all of his long career which dates back to his debut in 1985, Mullins has been below most listeners’ radar.

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Ross Mullins - Where Fairburn Walked (1989, directed by Keith Hill)
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Ross Mullins in a promotional photo for the State House Kid album, 1985. 
Photo credit: Paula Reid
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Last Man Down outside the Globe Tavern, Auckland, at their first photo session, 1984. From left: Mike Visser, Ross Mullins, Chris Green, and David White. 
Photo credit: Paula Reid
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Ross Mullins with Peter Scott on double bass, The Bunker, Devonport.
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Ross Mullins and the Snaps, Stranger at the Ranchslider - live, 1994
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The brass section at the State House Kid album sessions at Progressive, January 1985. From left: Chris Green, Mike Russell, and David Colven.
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The brass section at the State House Kid album sessions at Progressive, January 1985. From left: David Colven, Mike Russell, and Chris Green. 
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Ross Mullins and the Snaps, 1992. From left: Jason Orme, Ross Mullins, Matt Fieldes, and Neville Hall. 
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Ad for Last Man Down at the Gluepot, Auckland, February 1992. 
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Ross Mullins on the Devonport Wharf, Auckland, for the Parting Shots cover shoot, 1988. Paula Reid
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From left: Ross Mullins, Jason Jones, Greg Tuohey, Jason Orme, and Matt Fieldes, at the promo shoot for Stranger at the Ranchslider CD, Rakinos, High Street, Auckland 1993. 
Photo credit: Nicola Herd
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Ross Mullins at Devonport Wharf, Auckland.
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Ross Mullins records vocals for the State House Kid album at Progressive Studios, with Steve Garden engineering, January 1985.
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Ross Mullins and the Snaps, 1994. 
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Ross Mullins, c1996. 
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Ross Mullins at the Pumphouse, Takapuna, Auckland, 1990s. 
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Ross Mullins on keyboards at The Bunker, Mt Victoria, Devonport, at the launch of the Tidemarks album. At right, Caitlin Smith, Peter Scott on bass; 11 November 2001. 
Photo credit: Ted Chamberlain
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Poster advertising afternoons of jazz with Ross Mullins and the Snaps, Auckland, 1992. 
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Caitlin Smith performs Ross Mullins's interpretation of Robin Hyde's 'White Irises'
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Nigel Gavin, Tony Hopkins, Ross Mullins and Peter Scott at the Wintergardens in the Auckland Domain, 1990s. 
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Poster for Last Man Down / Ross Mullins North Island tour, May 1987.
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At the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club, 2006. From left: Chris Rowlands (bass), Ross Mullins, Trevor Thwaites (drums), and Jim Langabeer (saxes and flute).  
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Ross Mullins at the recording session for the State House Kid album, Progressive Studios, Auckland, January 1985.
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Ross Mullins at Java Jive, Auckland, with Kath Tait, 1986. 
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Poster for Ross Mullins and Wayne Gillespie at the Pumphouse, Takapuna, 1985. 
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Ross Mullins in the Glenfield College changing rooms for the Sporting Life album cover shoot, 1986. 
Photo credit: Paula Reid
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Last Man Down, 1986. From left: David Colven, Mike Visser, Chris Green, Ross Mullins, Bob Shepheard, Mike Russell, at the Birkenhead War Memorial grandstand.
Photo credit: Paula Reid
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Ross Mullins in the Glenfield College changing rooms for the Sporting Life album cover shoot, 1986.
Photo credit: Paula Reid
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Ross Mullins at the piano, Pumphouse, Takapuna, 1994.
Photo credit: David Legge
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Steve Garden records drums at the State House Kid sessions, Progressive Studios, January 1985. 
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Ross Mullins in the Glenfield College changing rooms, Sporting Life album cover shoot, 1986. 
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Last Man Down at the Birkenhead War Memorial grandstand, 1986. From left: Bob Shepheard, Mike Visser, Ross Mullins, David Colven, Chris Green, and Mike Russell. 
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