Lutha Profile

Gordon Spittle
2 Jul 2014

Lutha emerged in Dunedin during the flowering of the 1960s, a supergroup formed from three bands: 1969 South Island Battle Of The Bands finalists Throb, Pussyfoot, and Kaleidoscope. They played open-air parties, student hops and scrum rooms in the city’s university quarter.

When they called it a day in 1974, Lutha left behind two critically acclaimed albums – their self-titled debut and the follow-up, Earth, both released in 1972. As the decades passed, those albums became highly sought after, attracting big money on the collectors market. This led to the release of a CD compilation and a reunion performance by the band at the 2007 Dunedin Heritage festival.

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Lutha at Mojos Nightspot, Dunedin, 1971. L to R: Peter Fraser, Peter Edmonds, Graham Wardrop, Kevin Foster
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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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The reformed Lutha, 2007: Graham Wardrop, Garry McAlpine, Peter Edmonds, Kevin Foster and Peter Fraser
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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 performing in 2007 at the Dunedin Heritage concert
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Lutha at Christchurch Town Hall, 1973
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Lutha's 1972 self-titled album cover
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Lutha, 1973: Garry McAlpine, Peter Edmonds, Peter Fraser, Kevin Foster, and Graham Wardrop
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Lutha, around 1973. From left: Garry McAlpine, Peter Edmonds, Kevin Bayley, Kevin Foster and Peter Fraser
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Graham Wardrop at EMI Studios, 1972
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A Lutha poster for a 1973 NZBC concert at Otago University's Union Common Room
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The Pill at The Groove nightclub, Dunedin, about 1967. L to R: Cam Leckie, Peter Edmonds, Dave Joseph, Peter Fraser
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The second Lutha album Earth, 1972
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Issued in 2005, Stop! The Music Is Over contained the complete HMV recordings
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Lutha in Wellington, June 1973
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The 1972 live album from Desna Sisarich, Lutha, BLERTA and Quincy Conserve recorded at the Christchurch Town Hall
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Pussyfoot at the Cellar Club Dunedin about 1970 [from left] Ewan McDougall, Garry McAlpine, and Chris Brett
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Members:

Graham Wardrop - guitar, vocals

Garry McAlpine - percussion, vocals

Peter Edmonds - drums

Peter Fraser - bass, vocals

Kevin Foster - keyboards

Kevin Bayley - guitar, vocals