Doctor in the house after decades on folk scene

Dr John Egenes is bringing his musical saw to Whangateau.

Multi-talented instrumentalist and songwriter, Dr John Egenes, will perform at Whangateau Hall on August 10.

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, John is also a saddlemaker, author and senior lecturer of contemporary music at Otago University.

He moved to New Zealand 13 years ago after decades on the American folk scene. He has worked as a session musician for countless artists including The Sami Sisters, Hannah Howes, Bob McNeill, Tim Guy, Lauren Thomson and Tami Neilson.

John plays electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mandola and mandocello, pedal steel and lap steel, dobro and Weissenborn lap guitars, accordion and keyboards, bass, fiddle, theremin and musical saw. His songs paint musical landscapes and offer insights into love and loss, stories of the road, and illustrate the casualties of war. He is described as a fine spinner of tales.

He once rode his horse, Gizmo, across the United States, from the Pacific coast of California to the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia on an odyssey that took seven months and covered more than 6500km.

Along with his love of horses, he’s also a master saddlemaker, composes music for upper level dressage freestyles, and spends evening hours studying the stars through his telescope.

Dr John Egenes 8 Whangateau Hall •  August 10, 7pm • $10


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