Dave McArtney Stories

David Ewan McArtney


The Songwriter

Songs on the first two Hello Sailor albums written or co-written by McArtney – ‘Gutter Black’, ‘Hooked’, ‘All Around This Town’, ‘Tube’N’Train’, ‘Tears Of Blood’, ‘Chained All Round’, ‘The Boys In Brazil’, ‘I’m A Texan’.

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Then He’s Gone ...


Late 1977: The NZ Listener profiles Hello Sailor, an Auckland rock and roll band single handedly regenerating New Zealand’s live pub touring circuit. There’s a great photo. These guys look seriously cool.

Tuesday begins at the almost empty Albion Tavern opposite St Matthew-in-the-City, which is the venue for the first part of the day. Captain Carson has two pints of Guinness and a couple of Jamesons ready. It’s 12.40pm. We talk about Dave. He points out he never heard him ever say a bad word about anyone. I agree.

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