He's made art of the pop song as an out-of-body experience, his characters (often reprehensible) and landscapes (often recognisable) drawn in a few vivid strokes. Russell Baillie NZ Herald, 2012

Born in Auckland, Don McGlashan played French horn and percussion in the Auckland Symphonia from 1979 to 1982. He was a member of From Scratch from 1979 to 1986, as well as Blam Blam Blam's drummer and singer from 1980 to 1982. His song Don't Fight it, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us was named Song of the Year in the 1982 at the New Zealand Recording Industry Awards.

After a year in New York as a member of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, he returned to New Zealand and founded The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair. Combining theatre, song, dance, and film, the group toured extensively in Australasia, Europe, and America from 1985-90, picking up numerous awards. Together with Sinclair, and a group of Auckland performers, McGlashan co-founded Auckland's Watershed Theatre in 1990, and was heavily involved in the developing and programming of the venue in its early years.

From 1991, he was singer and main songwriter for The Mutton Birds, releasing four NZ top-ten albums and two top-five singles, including one No. 1 hit. His song Anchor Me won the APRA Silver Scroll in 1994. In 1995, the group signed to Virgin Records UK. Based in London until 1999, the band toured all over the world. Their third album, Envy Of Angels (1997), made the UK Sunday Times Ten Best Records of the Year list. McGlashan also writes music for film and TV, including the score for Jane Campion's An Angel At My Table (1990).

He composed and arranged fan-fares and pieces for the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and wrote a piece for orchestra, choir and soprano (Kiri Te Kanawa) for the 1993 New Zealand Expo pavilion in Seville. Since returning to New Zealand in 1999, McGlashan has been Musical Director of Auckland City's Millennium celebrations, and has written the score for the TVdrama series Street Legal, while also working on songs for a solo album and other commissions. In 2001, he was awarded the Auckland University Literary Fellowship for his song writing.

 
 Don McGlashan performs at the Arts Foundation Icon Awards,
Wellington, 2005

Don McGlashan maintains a busy performance schedule both as a solo artist and with his new band Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters, comprising SJD on bass, pedalsteel guitarist John Segovia (Boxcar Guitars) and drummer Chris O'Connor. Highlights include writing the original score to Toa Fraser's feature film No. 2, which won the audience award in its category at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006; Two of Don's songs made waves for other people: Anchor Me, which enjoyed renewed chart success as the Rainbow Warrior tribute, performed by a diverse group of young New Zealand artists including Che Fu, Anika Moa, Milan Borich and Kirsten Morelle; and Bathe In The River, written for No. 2 and performed by Hollie Smith. His album Warm Hand was released in May 2006, on Arch Hill Records.

 
Don McGlashan performs at the Arts Foundation Laureate Awards,
Auckland 2009

In 2002 Don received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award.  In 2007 he received a Living Legend Award from the Auckland City Council and in 2011 he was announced as one of the recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Auckland.

Video

2006
'Miracle Sun' is the first single from Don McGlashan's (Mutton Birds, Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn) solo album 'Warm Hand' (2006 Arch Hill Records).
2002
A series of short clips from videos featuring Don McGlashan

Audio

2012
Actor and director Rachel House, sculptor Neil Dawson and singer-songwriter Don McGlashan explore the background to their work as artists with Paul Bushnell. Sailing writer Matt Vance also contributes.
1959
   Born, Auckland,  New Zealand
1979 - 198
Played French horn and percussion,Auckland Symphonia
1979 -1986
Member of From Scratch
1981
Graduated, University of Auckland
1980-82
Blam Blam Blam's drummer and singer;Don't Fight it, Marsha, It's Bigger Than Both Of Us named Song of the Year,1982 NZ Recording Industry Awards
1985-90
Founded The Front Lawn with Harry Sinclair - toured extensively Australasia, Europe, and America
1990
Co-founded Auckland's Watershed Theatre
1991
Singer and main songwriter for The Mutton Birds
1990
Composed and arranged for the Commonwealth Games
1993
Wrote  piece for orchestra, choir and soprano (Kiri Te Kanawa) NZ Expo, Seville;Mutton Birds won  'Album of the Year', 'Single of the Year' (for Nature), and 'Best Group'  at NZ Music Awards
1994
APRA Silver Scroll Award for Anchor Me
1995
Bathe in the River from the film No 1 APRIA Silver Scroll Award
1999
Musical Director, Auckland City's Millennium celebrations
2001
Auckland University Literary Fellowship for song writing
2002
Arts Foundation Laureate Award
2006
Warm Hand released (Arch Hill Records)
2007
Living Legend Award from the Auckland City Council 
2012
Distinguished Alumni Award - University of Auckland
2016
Appointed Musical Director for the 2016 World of Wearable Art event, responsible for the show's instrumental music