Glen Moffatt

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Glen Moffatt
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Glen Moffatt at the Norfolk Island Festival, 1997.
Background information
Birth name Glen Stephen Moffatt
Born (1971-01-20) 20 January 1971 (age 46)
Origin Napier, New Zealand
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1992-present
Associated acts The Smokin' Crawdads

Glen Moffatt is a New Zealand country music singer-songwriter who relocated to Brisbane, Australia, in 2002.

Moffatt was born in Hastings and raised in Napier. He was a newspaper journalist before moving to Auckland at the end of 1991.

New Zealand music historian John Dix wrote of New Zealand music in the 1990s, "It wasn't all alt.rock, hip hop and hard rock in the '90s. Country rock survived with recording acts like the Coalrangers (from the wild West Coast), Glen Moffatt, Ritchie Pickett, the Renderers and the Waltons. The most successful were the Warratahs, signed to Pagan."[1]

Moffatt's 1995 debut album Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight was described by New Zealand Herald music critic Graham Reid as the "birth of a Kiwi classic". It was a finalist in country album of the year at the 1996 New Zealand recording industry awards. Moffatt was also a finalist in the rising star and songwriter of the year categories.

In 1998 he released follow-up A Place to Play, of which Reid wrote, "Moffatt has written his name large again and is, after two strong showings, a talent too big to ignore".[2] In 2001, as Glen Moffatt Band, came his final New Zealand album If That's What You Want.

Moffatt moved to Queensland in 2002, forming a band called Glen Moffatt & the Tallboys, and in 2007 he began working with long-time Brisbane band The Smokin' Crawdads. He sang six tracks on the Smokin' Crawdads album Straight to the Pool Room, which featured Sydney violinist Ian Cooper and was launched at the 2010 Tamworth country music festival.

SDL Music (Scoop de Loop) released the compilation Troubadours - NZ Singer/Songwriter Series: Vol 1 in 2009 containing eight songs each from Moffatt, Al Hunter and Red McKelvie.

Recorded in New Zealand and Australia over 18 months, Moffatt's Superheroes & Scary Things album was released in July 2014. During the same month, Sony Music NZ included his song "Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight" on their Godzone Country: The Very Best of New Zealand Country Music CD release.

Moffatt's songs have appeared on albums by Bill Chambers, Ritchie Pickett and Dennis Marsh.


Date of Release Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1995 Somewhere in New Zealand Tonight Sun Pacific - - SP007
1998 A Place to Play Scoop de Loop - - SCD8038
2001 If That's What You Want Scoop de Loop - - SCD8040
2009 Troubadours - NZ Singer/Songwriter Series: Vol 1 - Glen Moffatt, Al Hunter, Red McKelvie SDL Music - - SDL8044/2
2010 Straight to the Pool Room - The Smokin' Crawdads with Ian Cooper - - - -
2014 Superheroes & Scary Things SDL Music - - SCD9073


  1. ^ John Dix, Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era, Penguin Books, 2005, ISBN 0-14-301953-8
  2. ^ Graham Reid, "Elsewhere - Firing on all four in history of hip-hop", New Zealand Herald, 19 December 1998