Story: Folk, country and blues music

Fred Mayfield and his Cowboy Band, 1928

Fred Mayfield and his Cowboy Band, 1928

Fred Mayfield and his Cowboy Band, playing in Auckland in 1928, provided New Zealanders with one of their first experiences of live 'cowboy' music. Mayfield's band in fact played a range of music, including classical, jazz and dance music as well as their version of country. Playing to full houses, they dressed in cowboy outfits and performed in front of Wild West stage scenery.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Auckland Star, 10 September 1928, p. 18

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Country music pioneers, 1920s to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/42438/fred-mayfield-and-his-cowboy-band-1928 (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014