Mike Harding (New Zealand)

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Mike Harding is a New Zealand folk musician born on 16 July 1952,[1] now living in New Plymouth, Taranaki.[2]



Growing up in Eketahuna, Harding practised his music in "the streets, markets and clubs of Auckland in the early 1980s", before he describes himself as having spent a "Time on the Road" decade all over New Zealand and parts of Australia and Britain.[3] In 1998 he created his tenth recording, "Past to the Present", described by Radio New Zealand as a "20 track exploration of NZ from north to south, its people and places, past and present."[2] and his first record available on CD. In 2008, he followed it by "Here We Have a Land", with a selection of New Zealand folk songs and his own original creations.[3]

Mike Harding has played at the Auckland Folk Festival several times, especially in the 1990s,[4] was a top performer at the Marlborough Folk Society's concerts in Blenheim,[5] as well as playing at other music festivals like New Plymouth's "TSB Bank Festival of Lights".[6] Since about 1995, Mike Harding also plays on and off as guitarist of the Gumboot Tango band, appearing regularly at events like the Taranaki International Arts Festival.[7]

Music historian[edit]

In 1992 he also wrote "When the Pakeha Sings of Home", a source guide to the folk and popular songs of European New Zealanders, described as important in raising the profile of a little-studied part of New Zealand popular music history.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Mike Harding". Puke Ariki, media database. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Music - Seasonal Catalogue". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography". from the official Mike Harding website. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  4. ^ "History". Auckland Folk Festival. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Swan song for folk society". The Marlborough Express. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mike Harding". Festival of Lights website, New Plymouth District Council. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Gumboot Tango's Kiwi sound". Taranaki Daily News. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Les Cleveland (1998). Les Cleveland: six decades : message from the exterior. p. 20. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "In Search of Native Song - Traditional Folksong Collecting in New Zealand (Article MT133 of Musical Traditions Internet Magazine)". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 

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