Aly Cook Profile

Graham Reid
19 Feb 2020

Aly Cook is a self-starter, more acclaimed outside New Zealand than at home. And although she is very big in Australian country music circles, she grew up in the beachside suburb of Tahunanui in Nelson, the city in which she still lives.

A self-managed country singer-songwriter, Cook has crowd-funded her three albums. With the release in September 2019 of the third, Caught In The Middle – kicked off by the taut single ‘Red Dirt Road Trip’ – she was again touring in Australia and playing the famed Tamworth Country Music Festival where she had picked up the international award from the Independent Country Music Association of Australia for her work internationally in supporting independent Australian and New Zealand artists.

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Aly Cook in the early 1990s, while on a 12-month tour of Australia and Taiwan, with the Great Moscow Circus. 
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Aly Cook - Western Line (2017)
Aly Cook - I Wonder (2004)
Aly Cook and Melissa Etheridge, January 2017.
Aly Cook, Mildura Country Music Festival, Victoria, Australia, 2017.
Aly Cook onstage with the Coalrangers, Wildfoods Festival 2012, Hokitika.
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Aly Cook winning Female Country Artist of the Year, 2012, National Country Music Awards, Hamilton.
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Touring with New Zealand cricketing great John Wright and The Sou'Westers, 2019. From left to right: Paddy Long, John Wright, Aly Cook, Liam Ryan, (The Narcs), Dean Hetherington (The Coalrangers).
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Aly Cook, live on stage at Tamworth Country Music Festival, 2020.
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Aly Cook and band, left to right: Ric Hetherington, Dean Hetherington, Alan Mansfield, Aly Cook, Sharon O'Neill, Simon Williams, Chrissie Small, Clinton Brown.
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Aly Cook with Alan Jansson.
Aly Cook with Kay Bidstrup, co-writer on the Caught In The Middle album.
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Aly Cook, New Faces Australia c 1990 with host Bert Newton.
Brendan Dugan, Aly Cook, Gray Bartlett, 2014.
Aly Cook - Message In A Cloud (2015)
Aly Cook in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, during the filming of 'Red Dirt Road Trip', June 2019.
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Aly Cook with Rosanne Cash, Poland, 2015.
Aly Cook - Not Pretty Enough ft. Sharon O'Neill (2020)
Aly Cook with Andrew Farris of INXS, Tamworth 2020.
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Aly Cook with guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. Aly was publicist for his 2014 New Zealand tour.
Aly Cook on air with Dave Prior, ABC Sydney, 2019.
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Aly Cook (top right) in Asquith Studios Sydney, with Sharon O'Neill, Alan Mansfield. In front are producers Dave Nicholas and Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup, 2019.
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Aly Cook, in a photo taken for the cover of Caught in the Middle, 2019.
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New Zealand artists at the Tamworth Country Music festival (L-R): Aly Cook, Kevin Greaves, Eddie Low, Brendan Dugan.
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As an endorsee of Maton Guitars, Aly Cook presents a guitar to Cam Luxton, 2017.
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Aly Cook, International Artist of the Year, 2018, Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards.
Aly Cook performed at Mrągowo Country and Folk festival in Poland, 2015, on the same bill as Rosanne Cash.
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Aly Cook with Mike Puru and Mel Homer from TV3's The Cafe.
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Aly Cook at Asquith Studio, Sydney, 2019. 
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Aly Cook, Norway, 2008.
Aly Cook, festival poster, Norway 2015.
Aly Cook performing at Songwriters in the Round, Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, 2013.
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Aly Cook on her way to the Music Oz Australian Independent Music Awards, Sydney, 2012.
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Aly Cook, Next magazine Woman of the Year awards.
Aly Cook with Alan Jansson and video director Ken Khan in Jansson's Uptown Studios, celebrating the Australian country chart No.1 hit Midnight Cowboys.
Aly Cook - Red Dirt Road Trip single cover.
Aly Cook - Brand New Day (2011)
Aly Cook - Red Dirt Road Trip (2019)
Aly Cook with Sharon O'Neill (left).
Aly Cook recording for Caught In The Middle with Sharon O'Neill, Sydney.
Aly Cook receiving an award in 2012 with Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardarker.
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Members of The Sou'Wester backstage at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards, 2013: Aly Cook with Dean Hetherington (left) and Liam Ryan.
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Aly Cook and her entourage taking a limousine to their gig in Norway, 2015.
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