This was my first time meeting Debbie – but we’ve been corresponding for a while, including planning this podcast on/off for around a year. Turns out she lives around the corner from my parents in Hawke’s Bay. So just before Christmas I popped around for a drink and several chats. Or was that a chat and several drinks?
We sat outside on a gorgeous Havelock North summer night and talked about her time in and around the New Zealand music industry; from admin and band management to cutting early singles and then creating When The Cat’s Away and the mega-success of that touring entity. From there it was on to Australia to work as a touring backing singer for Jimmy Barnes. And to various musical projects including the reformation of Cats for a successful live album and tour and sporadic touring with her Cats bandmates Annie Crummer and Margaret Urlich up to and including a show at Hawke’s Bay’s Black Barn next weekend. In recent years Harwood has helped in reconnecting the likes of Sharon O’Neill and Shona Laing with audiences, touring also with Hammond Gamble among others.
So we talked about all of that – and also her Hawke’s Bay upbringing, her connection to music, her very musical brother Justin Harwood. And now her return to the region.
I loved talking with Debbie and she has some great stories. I hope you like listening to this.
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