Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Caroline Davies
/ Wednesday 31st March, 2021 9:03AM
Renowned for her work with pivotal Flying Nun group Look Blue Go Purple, Francisca Griffin‘s solo album the spaces between was a quietly powerful local highlight of 2019, the Ōtepoti artist’s first collection since the late ’90s. Regularly joined in her hometown by Griffin’s esteemed live band The Bus Shelter Boys — aka Gabriel Griffin (her son, also of Sewage, Cuck and Swallows Nest), Mick Elborado (guitar hero of Negative Nancies and Terminals) and new member Ro Rushton-Green (Sewage, The Ladder is Part of the Pit) — the rest of Aotearoa will finally be treated to a full scale, seven date Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys nationwide tour, showcasing the band’s magical on-stage synergy from next Friday onwards, delivering on the promise of their Covid-delayed 2020 tour plans. Griffin has also gifted fans today a beautifully impressionistic video for ‘Ghost Boy‘ (from the spaces between) featuring Alastair Galbraith, created by Tane Cotton that you can experience below…
“Ghost Boy was written in 2000, it’s about my son Oscar — we were arguing just before he went back to London, that was really hard for both of us, saying goodbye again. The song arrived fully formed — I actually started writing it on my bass, but then transposed it to guitar. I made a couple of attempts at recording it, but it never quite worked until I met Forbes Williams. Alastair Galbraith plays e-bowed guitar — I know! it sounds like his violin….” — Francisca Griffin
Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys
Friday 9th April – The Crown Hotel, Dunedin
Thursday 22nd April – Whammy Bar, Auckland
Saturday 24th April – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
Sunday 25th April – Snails, Palmerston North
Wednesday 28th April – Miracle Room, Featherston
Thursday 29th April – St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki
Friday 30th April – Pyramid Club, Wellington
Tickets available HERE via UTR
Like many before them Francisca Griffin and The Bus Shelter Boys were meant to tour NZ and Australia last year before they were struck by the covid curveball. Francisca has played a number of solo shows around the country and is pleased to finally be able to introduce her band, with their finely honed live chemistry following numerous gigs around their home town the past few years. Local music stalwart Ian Henderson (Fishrider Records) describes Franciscas music: the kind of freshness and instantly recognisable light and airy guitar tones of its place of origins. Psychedelic folk perhaps, Southern NZ style, and in some respects as reminiscent of David Kilgour’s solo music as it is of Look Blue Go Purple.
Come along and indulge.