Story: Folk, country and blues music

The Warratahs, 'Hands of my heart', 1987 (1st of 3)

The Warratahs were formed in Wellington in 1985 by a group of rock and jazz musicians who wanted to play classic country music. In 1987 they achieved hits with their songs 'Hands of my heart' and 'Maureen'. This video features the original band line-up: Barry Saunders (guitar and vocals), Wayne Mason (piano, accordion and vocals), John Donoghue (bass and vocals), Marty Jorgensen (drums) and Nik Brown (violin).

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Country music branches out, 1950s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014