Sam Ford and Trudi Green Profile

Garth Cartwright
Published: 30 Jan 2014
Updated: 13 May 2020

As co-leaders of The Sam Ford Verandah Band and The Neighbours, Sam Ford and Trudi Green built up a loyal following by playing New Zealand towns, big and small, from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. In 1999 the musical couple moved to London, where they continue to make music as a trio called Soulahula.

I first came across Sam and Trudi in 1981 when they were in The Neighbours with Rick Bryant, then one of the hardest working live bands in New Zealand. Trudi commanded attention with her raspy Cockney accent and blonde hair. Sam, a small, wiry man, led the band, sharing vocals and playing fluid rhythm guitar. Rick Bryant, a much slimmer presence then, roared upfront.

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Local Heroes, later The Neighbours
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Sam Ford with The Jordanaires at Montage Studio
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Southern soul great Otis Clay and Trudi Green in France
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Trudi Green
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Sam Ford's 1993 album Unhinged, released on Jim Moss' Jayrem label
The Neighbours - The Only One You Need (from the Neighbours' 10-minute Break The Bank short - directed by Gaylene Preston)
Sweet As
The Neighbours Mk.1
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Trudi Green with Freshly Squeezed in the early 1980s
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Trudi Green at Nambassa with The Sam Ford Verandah Band
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
The 1977 Red Mole single I'll Never Dance Down Bugis Street Again, featuring Sam Ford
Sam Ford and Trudi Green - Bedtime for Baby (2020)
The Neighbours Mk.3
Sam Ford - Same 3 Chords
Sam Ford in his London home studio with Auckland-based US steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell, 2015.
Photo credit: Babs Campbell
Trudi & The Exceptions - You're On My Mind (1989)
Soulahula, 2014
Sam Ford at a No Mining Coromandel concert
Photo credit: Sam Ford collection
Sam Ford and Trudi Green - Well, Well, Well (2020)
The Neighbours
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Trudi & the Exceptions - You're On My Mind 1989, directed by Merata Mita
The Sam Ford Verandah Band
The Neighbours - Break The Bank (feat. The Only One You Need - directed by Gaylene Preston)
Sam Ford & Trudi Green - Dreamer (2020)
Sam Ford & Trudi Green - New Devil Blues Pt.1 (2020)
Trudi Green- Bury the Dead
Trudi Green
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Sam Ford - Stop Me
The Neighbours Mk.2
Metro, March 1984
Sam Ford and Trudi Green - Smoocher (2020)
Trivia:

Sam and Trudi backed Red Mole on their final 1980 tour of New Zealand.

Sam and Trudi toured widely with The Topp Twins in the early 1980s.

Filmmaker Gaylene Preston spent a week in Blackball shooting videos of the band for their mini-album The Only One You Need.

Sam now works for London’s National Gallery where he transports expensive masterpieces around the world.

Sam Ford's Verandah Band performed at the Nambassa festival in 1979.

Members:

Sam Ford - guitar, vocals

Trudi Green - vocals

Labels:

Key


WEA


Jayrem


Choice Records