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Don McGlashan

Don McGlashan

Mutton Birds Sighted Over Antarctica

by Paul Cashmere on November 24, 2012

in News

Don McGlashan, the founding member and lead singer of New Zealand’s The Mutton Birds, left on Friday to entertainment troops and scientists stationed at Antarctica.

Don McGlashan

Don McGlashan

So, it’s true. A Mutton Bird is hovering over Antarctica.

Don, who was in Melbourne on Tuesday for the APRA Screen Music Awards, told that he was invited to play for the troops and scientists by the New Zealand Government.

Antarctica is used by the military to train troops in severe weather conditions. Apparently about 900 troops are stationed in Antarctica at any given time.

Don left on Friday for the one-week visit and will perform at the Scott base and McMurdo base.

At the APRA dinner on Tuesday he said he was still to work out what he would play. The popular Mutton Birds songs will be there but he is also cautious that only the New Zealanders may know the songs, so a few covers are being prepared, just in case.

Regardless, The Mutton Birds most popular song ‘The Heater’ would seem an appropriate song to play every day.

The big question is if Don will record any of these performances for possible release or even YouTube or social media downloads. He says he will see what he can come back with.

The Mutton Birds formed in 1992 and lasted until 2002. They had four Top 10 albums in New Zealand. They reunited briefly earlier this year for winery shows in NZ.

Don will return to New Zealand at the end of next week, hopefully with the ‘coolest’ live album of all-time in hand.

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