The Warratahs Profile

Kerry Doole
1 Jul 2013

In a career now past the quarter-century mark, The Warratahs have given homegrown country music real credibility, bringing their fresh sound to just about every nook and cranny in the country.

Here's a band that got together for all the right reasons – to play the music they loved with a bunch of mates down at the pub. There was no vision of world or even national domination as The Warratahs took to the stage at The Cricketers' Arms in Wellington in 1986.

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Hands Of My Heart
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Too Hot To Sleep (1989)
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Wild Card (1990)
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The Warratahs in the 2000s. Left to right: Mike Knapp, Barry Saunders, Nik Brown, Alan Norman.
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Clinton Brown with The Warratahs in Hastings in 1990
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The poster for the Wildcard release party (with Dribbling Darts Of Love) at The Gluepot, December 1990
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The original Warratahs line-up. Left to right: John Donoghue, Wayne Mason, Barry Saunders (seated), Marty Jorgensen, Nik Brown.
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The most recognisable Warratahs line-up that recorded two albums and toured virtually nonstop from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Left to right: Wayne Mason, Barry Saunders, Clinton Brown, Rob Clarkson, Nik Brown.
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Barry Saunders
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Making Music - Wayne Mason
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Barry Saunders on Radio Wammo 2012
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The Big Sky-era Warratahs line-up. Left to right: Mike Knapp, Nik Brown, Barry Saunders (seated), Wayne Mason, Clinton Brown.
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The Big Sky-era Warratahs line-up. Left to right: Mike Knapp, Barry Saunders, Wayne Mason, Clinton Brown, Nik Brown.
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The most recognisable Warratahs line-up that recorded two albums and toured virtually nonstop from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Left to right: Wayne Mason, Clinton Brown, Barry Saunders, Nik Brown, Rob Clarkson.
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The Warratahs on stage at Snobbz Nightclub, Hastings, 1990.
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One Of Two Things (1999)
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Barry Saunders with The Warratahs at Snobbz Nightclub, Hastings, 1990
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Barry Saunders with The Orange in Christchurch, 1969 
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The Warratahs in the 2000s. Left to right: Nik Brown, Sid Limbert, Barry Saunders, Mo Newport.
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The most recognisable Warratahs line-up that recorded two albums and toured virtually nonstop from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Left to right: Rob Clarkson, Wayne Mason, Barry Saunders, Clinton Brown, Nik Brown.
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The short-lived Warratahs line-up between The Only Game In Town and Too Hot To Sleep. Clockwise from bottom left: John Donoghue, Nik Brown, Wayne Mason, Rob Clarkson, Barry Saunders.
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Clinton Brown with The Warratahs in Hastings in 1990
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Big Sky (1993)
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The Warratahs, 2013: Nick Theobald, Nik Brown, Barry Saunders, and Mo Newport
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The Big Sky-era Warratahs line-up. Left to right: Clinton Brown, Wayne Mason, Barry Saunders, Mike Knapp, Nik Brown.
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Nik Brown and Barry Saunders with The Warratahs at Snobbz Nightclub, Hastings, 1990.
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RipItUp February 1988
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The Warratahs on the cover of RipItUp December 1990
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Nik Brown with The Warratahs in Hastings, 1990
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The Warratahs in the 2000s. Left to right: Nik Brown, Barry Saunders, Alan Norman, Mike Knapp.
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The Warratahs in the 2000s. Left to right: Nik Brown, Barry Saunders, Sid Limbert, Mo Newport.
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Wayne Mason with The Warratahs in 1990
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Rob Clarkson with The Warratahs in Hastings, 1990
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The short-lived Warratahs line-up between The Only Game In Town and Too Hot To Sleep. Left to right: Nik Brown, John Donoghue, Barry Saunders (seated), Wayne Mason, Rob Clarkson.
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The Only Game in Town (1987)
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Trivia:

The Warratahs were named by John Donoghue, after a character in Footrot Flats.

A highlight of Barry Saunders’ solo career was opening for Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in Christchurch in 1998. He recalls now that “my part went really well and got a great review. Patti Smith was fantastic, and Bob Dylan came and said a brief hello after.”

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Members:

John Donoghue - bass

Barry Saunders - vocals, guitar

Wayne Mason - keyboards

Nik Brown - violin, mandolin

Marty Jorgensen - drums

Rob Clarkson - drums

Nick Theobald - bass, vocals

Mo Newport - drums

Clinton Brown - bass

Alan Norman - keyboards, accordion

Sid Limbert - bass

Mike Knapp - drums