Graham Wardrop Profile

Rosa Shiels
20 Sep 2017

A decade before the Dunedin sound became a thing, a band from the city was cutting an impressive swathe across New Zealand soundwaves. Lutha was a critically acclaimed five-piece progressive-rock band operating in the early 1970s. It combined melodic original songs with strong, guitar-driven instrumentation. The lineup was Garry McAlpine (vocals, percussion), Graham Wardrop (vocals, lead guitar), Kevin Foster (keyboards), Peter “Big Pete” Edmonds (drums) and Peter “Little Pete” Fraser (bass, vocals).

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Graham Wardrop and Rosa Shiels
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Graham Wardrop - 'Speed of Love'
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The 1990 APRA Silver Scroll went to Guy Wishart for 'Don't Take Me For Granted'. He's seen here with finalists Martin Phillipps and Graham Wardrop.
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Graham Wardrop and Suzanne Lynch performing at a house concert, 1996
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Graham Wardrop at EMI Studios, 1972
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Graham Wardrop performing with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
Photo credit: Gudrun Gisela
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Lutha at Mojos Nightspot, Dunedin, 1971. L to R: Peter Fraser, Peter Edmonds, Graham Wardrop, Kevin Foster
Photo credit: Gordon Spittle collection
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Lutha in 1973: Graham Wardrop, Garry McAlpine, Peter Fraser, Peter Edmonds and Kevin Foster
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The reformed Lutha, 2007: Graham Wardrop, Garry McAlpine, Peter Edmonds, Kevin Foster and Peter Fraser
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Graham Wardrop with men from Daulo, Papua New Guinea
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Flyer for the 1973 tribute show to Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen, performed by Otago University students in Dunedin and Auckland. Among the performers, many would achieve success in a variety of fields: Lea Wyber as songwriter Lea Maalfrid, Graham Wardrop as a guitarist, Tim Hazledine as a professor of economics, Ian Taylor as an animated graphics entrepreneur, Robin Mohi as a TV newsreader, Ross Somerville as an historian and editor, and Lachland Rutherford as an EMI executive. 
Photo credit: Ross Somerville collection
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Graham Wardrop performs Things We Said Today
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Goldie R School
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Graham Wardop performs 'Vincent'
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Lutha at their 2007 reunion show: Peter Edmonds (obscured), Graham Wardrop, Garry McAlpine, Peter Fraser and Kevin Foster
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Anne Kirkpatrick Band, 1978
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Graham Wardrop performs Classical Gas
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Lutha, 1973: Garry McAlpine, Peter Edmonds, Peter Fraser, Kevin Foster, and Graham Wardrop
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Rosa Shiels and Graham Wardrop: a publicity photo taken for their show at the 2009 French Festival in Akaroa
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