Singer-Songwriter, Noir Protagonist, Promotional Coyote, One-Man Band, Production Svengali. Part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road. Six solo albums out and always one on the way. Tours and performances in seventeen countries, across oceans and continents. Awards here. Collaborations there. A non-stop whirlwind.

Artist Laureate of New Zealand 2015, three times winner of the NZ Country Music Song of the Year Award, awarded NZ Country Music Album Of The Year, finalist for the coveted NZ Apra Silver Scroll Award, and Winner of One Man Band Competition in Zurich. His seminal influence and work with Marlon Williams on their “Sad But True” series aswell as his visionary production on Tami Neilson’s acclaimed album’s “Dynamite” and “Don’t Be Afraid” have also earned him great praise from the media and huge respect amongst his peers.

Delaney Davidson is a New Zealand Singer Songwriter, Musician, and Visual Artist. Forging his own identity as a figure of the European Tour Circuit, he has been a strong part of the Voodoo Rhythm Family of Switzerland since 2003 and has started to build a name for himself in the USA.

Initially inspired by the songs of Hank Williams and the Birthday Party, and the performance styles of distilled Johnny Cash and dead-pan Buster Keaton, Delaney synthesizes this into his own persona. A wry sense of humour, some theatre of unease, and a voice classed as “not conventionally beautiful” all combine to breathe life and space into the niche he has carved out for himself, winning him critical acclaim across the world for his original take on things.

The guitar and harmonica of his simple live show have become his trademark, a small battered suitcase as his props table for the magic show, looping sounds over each other to achieve the full drive of a juke band. Howlin Wolf meets Suicide. Reverbed vocals and the slap back beats he builds with his Ghost Orchestra capture the sound of Chicago’s Chess Records. 

Generally dealing with the darker side of things, Davidson’s lyrical content ranges from classic murder ballads to songs with a deeper insight into the human condition and a sympathy and acceptance of the quirks of life and human foibles. Combining the older style of beerhall musician and the traditions of pantomime and audience involvement his live show is renowned for its sublime dance competitions and bawdy sing-alongs.

 

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1972
Born in Auckland. National Woman’s Hospital Father John Davidson Mother Glyn Abbott
1973
Grows up on the Heathcote River. Listens to the sound of traffic in the Morning and Chuck Berry
1980-1987
Moves through Violin, Cello, Piano. Is given a big red guitar, starts playing Blues, trouble in school, gets kicked out and starts playing snooker
1988
Dabbles in Hospitality Industry
1989
Moves to Australia (looks for a new start and discovers the beginnings of restless legs syndrome). Flunks final year of school, works in kitchens, racecourses, pubs, care agencies, plays snooker for the circus, and starts playing drums
1994-1998
Begins dipping into Fine Arts: Painting and Etching. Discovers nocturnal landscape painting, and the expressive wipe technique of Intaglio printing. Mounts 8 exhibitions in 4 years: Oils, Etching and works on Paper
1998
1998 visits Europe and overdoses on Classical Art
2002-2006
Moves to Switzerland Joins Dead Brothers and the Voodoo Rhythm Family in Switzerland. Hangs up apron after 12 years in kitchens, begins touring Europe full time and dabbles in film. Stars in several documentaries and has leading Role in feature film “The Road to Nod”- Slowboat Films
2007-2011
Releases 4 Albums in 4 years: 2007 Rough Diamond debut Album on Stink Magnetic, 2008 Ghost Songs on Rough Diamond Inc, 2009 Self Decapitation on Voodoo Rhythm Records, 2011 Bad Luck Man on Voodoo Rhythm Records. Wins Worlds Saddest Song Competition, Berlin. Wins Voodoo Rhythm One Man Band World Champion, Zurich. Produces “5 Videos” Series for Voodoo Rhythm Records
2011-2014
2011- 2014 Wins Apra Country Music Song of the Year 3 years running. Creates Sad But True Series Volumes 1,2 & 3 with Marlon Williams. Wins Tui for Country Music Album of the Year and is finalist for Silver Scroll Produces Tami Neilsons breakthrough Album “Dynamite” Releases “Swim Down Low” on Outside Inside Records
2015
Releases 2 albums: “Diamond Dozen” on Squoodge Records, “Lucky Guy” on Rough Diamond Records. Produces “Don’t Be Afraid” for Tami Neilson is finalist for Taite Prize and digs deeper into film work. Records one album in Los Angeles, one album in France one album in Spain. Is awarded Arts Foundation Laureate Award in recognition of work to date and high quality of output
2016
Releases album "The Devil in the Parlour" Premieres film show at Hawkes Bay Arts fest and Nelson Arts Fest Tours NZ with Dead Moon.
2017
Produces Harry Lyons Debut Solo Album; Stars in The Black Rider as Pegleg with the Free Theatre; Writes album with Barry Saunders; Attends The Great Escape in Brighton; The Magic Lightbox does 31 date tour of NZ.
2018
2018: Produces Bella Donna doom metal album; Produces Al Parks album featuring Jordan Luck, Janice Grey, Adam McGrath, Marlon Williams, Anita Clark, Barry Saunders, Anthea Strothers, and Adam Hattaway; Releases Shining Day, 9th Solo Album; 6 month European Tour.
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