Wayne Mason Profile

John Dix
16 Oct 2014

The story of songwriter Wayne Mason is familiar enough. Born in 1949 in New Plymouth with his teenage years spent in Upper Hutt, in 1963 he joined Heretaunga College band Sine Waves, which evolved into The Fourmyula, one of New Zealand's top bands of the 1960s.

His next band of note was Rockinghorse, and in the 1980s there was The Warratahs. Three top NZ bands over three decades but hardly a household name, not like Dave Dobbyn or Neil Finn, despite that song. "Oh that song!" mimics Wayne Mason. "That's how a lot of my audiences react when I play 'Nature' – oh, he wrote that song."

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The Warratahs on Rip It Up, February 1988. Wayne Mason is second from left.
Wayne Mason and Clinton Brown, Two For The Road tour 2012
Rockinghorse: Bruce Robinson, Wayne Mason, Keith Norris, Carl Evensen and Clint Brown
Wayne Mason with his 1970 APRA Silver Scroll for Nature
Wayne Mason plays boogie woogie on the Steam Inc heritage train at the Tauranga Jazz Festival April 2010.
Carl Evensen and Wayne Mason with fans, Lower Hutt, 1969
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
In-Sect in Upper Hutt in 1965: Wayne Mason, Martin Hope, Chris Parry and Cass Gascoigne
Making Music with Wayne Mason
The Fourmyula play Wayne Mason's Turn Your Back On The Wind, Upper Hutt 2010
In-Sect in Upper Hutt circa 1965: Wayne Mason, Martin Hope, Chris Parry and Cass Gascoigne
Photo credit: Martin Hope collection
The Fourmyula, 1967: Chris Parry, Wayne Mason, Ali Richardson and Martin Hope
Dave Dobbyn and Wayne Mason, Bar Bodega, 25 May, 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collings
Wayne Mason, Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn, APRA Silver Scrolls, 2001
Wayne Mason in 1965 with In-Sect (Chris Parry behind)
Wayne Mason, Bar Bodega, Wellington, 25 May 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collings
Wayne Mason and Don McGlashan perform Nature at Te Papa in 1997
Wayne Mason and The Mutton Birds perform Nature at the 2001 APRA Silver Scolls
Wayne Mason and Clint Brown, 2013
Wayne Mason at Bar Bodega, 25 May 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collings
Dave Dobbyn, Ross Burge, Wayne Mason, Haddon Smith (obscured), Mark Vanilau -King St Live, Masterton, 26 May 2013
Photo credit: Photo By Wendy Collings
Wayne Mason and The Mutton Birds perform Nature at the 2001 APRA Silver Scolls. Nature was named the Best New Zealand Composition of the previous 75 years.
Wayne Mason, Ross Burge and Dave Dobbyn, Bar Bodega, Wellington, 25 May 2013
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collings
Wayne Mason (left) and John Donoghue (right) performing at the 2014 Ngapuhi Festival
Photo credit: John Donoghue collection
Wayne Mason with The Warratahs in 1990
Wayne Mason 2003
Wayne Mason in the mid-1970s
Join The Fourmyula Fan Club, 1967: Martin Hope, Ali Richardson, Wayne Mason, Chris Parry
Wayne Mason, one a series of Fourmyula portraits taken in 1969 in Upper Hutt
Photo credit: Photo by Revelle Jackson. Upper Hutt City Library [P1-3444-5834]
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