Francisca Griffin Profile

aka Kathy Bull, Kathy Griffin
Amanda Mills
18 Nov 2019

Francisca Griffin has morphed and shifted, reinvented and found herself and her music over the last 40 years. Always creating, healing, or leading, she continues to follow her muse.

Canadian by birth, Francisca Griffin – originally Kathy Griffin but known as Kathy Bull in her days with Look Blue Go Purple and other acts – is a Dunedinite by design, the city claiming her and not letting go. However, it wasn’t entirely love at first sight. Moving to Dunedin in 1975 with her family was a culture shock. 

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Look Blue Go Purple, Dunedin, 1985 - Denise Roughan, Kathy Bull, Lesley Paris, Norma O'Malley, Kath Webster.
Photo credit: Jeremy Freeman
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Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys poster, 28 July 2018, Audio Foundation, Dunedin. 
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Kathy Bull steps up to the mic in Look Blue Go Purple.
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Look Blue Go Purple - Circumspect Penelope (1985)
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Poster for Francisca Griffin gig at None Gallery, Dunedin, 8 April 2017.
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Look Blue Go Purple: Kathy Bull, Norma O'Malley, Lesley Paris, Denise Roughan, Kath Webster.
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Francisca Griffin at the Whammy Bar, October 2018.
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Shayne Carter - Big Fat Elvis (live) - with Francisca Griffin on bass, Peter Jefferies on drums.
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Look Blue Go Purple - Cactus Cat (1986)
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Francisca Griffin at the launch of ‘the spaces between’, the Cook, Dunedin, 25 January 2019
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Francisca Griffin playing at the Inch Bar, May 2019
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Francisca Griffin live to air on Radio One, Dunedin, 2018
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Look Blue Go Purple: Denise Roughan, Lesley Paris, Kath Webster, Kathy Bull, Norma O'Malley.
Photo credit: Photo by Terry Moore
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Look Blue Go Purple and W.S.S.O.E.S gig poster, Oriental Tavern, Dunedin, mid-1980s. 
Photo credit: Posters collection, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena,University of Otago. S15-548a
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Look Blue Go Purple, L to R: Kathy Bull, Denise Roughan, Kathryn Webster, Lesley Paris, Norma O'Malley
Photo credit: Photo by Terry Moore
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Look Blue Go Purple - In Your Favour (live, 1985)
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Francisca Griffin's setlist for the Lonnie Hollie support 18 June 2019 
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Francisca Griffin live at the Crown, Dunedin, 2017.
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Francisca Griffin, 2019.
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The 2017 compilation, Still Bewitched
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Francisca Griffin setlist, The Crown, Dunedin, March 2018
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The cover of 1991's self-titled compilation album
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Francisca Griffin, ‘the spaces between’ album cover, 2019. 
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Poster for Francisca Griffin gig at Zanzibar, 29 August 2017.
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Francisca Griffin and the Bus Shelter: Gabriel Griffin, left, Mick Elborado, right, 2019.
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Francisca Griffin performing at ‘the spaces between’ album launch at the Cook, Dunedin, 25 January 2019
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Labels:

Cocomuse Releases


Flying Nun


Oddfish Productions


New World of Sound


IMD

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Trivia:

Griffin has a naturopathy business called Being Healthy, and had a radio show on OAR FM Dunedin called 'Being Healthy Naturally'.

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