Flying Nun event at old stomping ground

Memory lane . . . Dunedin musician and Flying Nun stalwart Robert Scott, of The Bats and The Clean, will join several of his contemporaries at the Captain Cook Hotel this Saturday. PHOTO: ODT FILES

Get set to take a journey down musical memory lane this Saturday, when several Flying Nun stalwarts gather at the Captain Cook Hotel.

Held as part of the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival, “Flying Nun at The Cook” will feature Rodger Shepherd, Graeme Downs, Robert Scott, Francisca Griffin and Roy Colbert discussing the Dunedin Sound, which originated in the early 1980s, as well as the performance of some songs.

Based on Shepherd’s memoir In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records, the event will pay homage to a “terrible dive” of a venue with an “incredibly sticky bar top”, which Scott fondly remembers for a four-night residency The Clean had there.

While he could not remember all four of the different opening acts that performed with the band, Scott suspected two of them had been Sneaky Feelings and The Stones.

The continued interest in the Dunedin Sound and Flying Nun always “comes back to the songs”, he said.

While many musical “fads” had “come and gone”, the Sound attracted an audience because of the music.

Flying Nun was not a thing of the past, as many bands that were originally on the record label were still releasing new albums and more recent artists – including Fazerdaze and Aldous Harding – had joined the label, he said.

The Bats, another band of which he was a member, were set to tour Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch later this month in support of their new album, The Deep Set, before flying to Europe for a “well-overdue” three-week tour, Scott said.

But before then, he would take to the stage at The Cook to reminisce about times past on tour. While he was not certain what song he would play on the night, he was leaning towards The Bats’ Boogey Man

Celebrate the Dunedin Sound with “Flying Nun At The Cook” this Saturday. Tickets and more information are available from the Dunedin Readers and Writers Festival website,