Midge Marsden Profile

aka Keith Marsden
John Dix
13 Dec 2013

When he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit in 2006, the late Ritchie Pickett, wag that he was, dubbed Midge Marsden "His Midgesty". Oh, how we laughed. "Sir" Midge Marsden, New Zealand’s ambassador of the blues ...

Keith Douglas Marsden was born September 17, 1945 in New Plymouth, the eldest of five boys to Open Brethren parents whose beliefs had little influence on the undersized chap nicknamed Midge. His childhood piano lessons were a chore to be avoided but once he got the rock and roll vibe, a cherry red Fender Stratocaster guided his musical aspirations.

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The Indicators - L to R: Liam Ryan, Mike Farrell, Neil Reynolds, Midge Marsden, Grant Hughson, Kelly Rogers, Andrew Kimber, Tony Crichton
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Midge Marsden
Midge Marden interviews BB King, 1989
Midge Marsden
Midge Marsden and Mississippi Willie Foster, 1991
"Only blues is blues," says Midge, early 1970s
Greenville Mississippi 1st. U.S.tour 1991. Pete (Rooda) Warren, Midge Marsden, Willie Foster, Sidney Limbert, Lynne Campbell, Chris Nielson.
Photo credit: Sidney Limbert collection
Travellin On - Europa TVC (with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Midge Marsden, Murray Grindlay)
Midge Marsden on piano in a youth club band, circa 1959/60
Midge Marsden with Mississippi Willie Foster, 1991
2nd tour to Texas and beyond 1992, on the banks of the Mississippi at Natchez under the hill. Richard TeOne, Sidney Limbert, Steve Larkin, Midge Marsden and Lynne Campbell.
Photo credit: Sidney Limbert collection
The Country Flyers in the late 1970s at Auckland University. Richard Kennedy and Midge Marsden.
Photo credit: Jonathan May collection
Midge Marsden and Beaver at The Island of Real
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Midge Marsden with Martin Hope (left)
A young Midge Marsden in The Breakaways. Taken at The Breakaways' house in Seatoun, Wellington in 1966/67, Midge is doing The Twist.
Midge Marsden at The Island of Real, 1977/78
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Midge Marsden and Sonny Day
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Midge Marsden with the Phil Manning Band
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
When blues came to town: Midge Marsden interviews BB King in Wellington, 1974. At the back in wide lapels is record retailer and blues buff Colin Morris. 
Photo credit: Colin Morris collection
The Midge Marsden Band, 1985. Sidney Limbert, Mike Farrell, Midge, Andrew Kimber and Kevin Thomas.
Photo credit: Sidney Limbert collection
High St Auckland 1980. A publicity shot for the Midge Marsden Connection album, with George Thoroughgood. Liam Ryan, Ta Rutherford, Midge Marsden, George Thorogood, Kev Thomas, and Sid Limbert.jpg
Photo credit: Sidney Limbert collection
Midge Marsden at Mainstreet in the late 1970s
From the Kiwi Connection tour circa1979. From left - Sonny Day, Ray Chaber, Sidney Limbert, Bruce Dennis, and Midge Marsden.
Photo credit: Sidney Limbert collection
BB King holds court, Wellington, c. 1974. Conducting the interview, far left, is Midge Marsden; in the middle is fellow blues afficionado Colin Morris.
Photo credit: Colin Morris collection
Dave Hurley and Midge Marsden during The Breakaways years
The Country Flyers - L to R: Midge Marsden, Kevin Watson, Martin Hope, Jim Lawrie, Richard Nicholson
Midge with Liam Ryan
Midge Marsden arrives at Sweetwaters, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Midge and John Dodd
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