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Musical Lyricists

In the late-nineteenth century, Dunedinite Thomas Bracken was New Zealand’s most famous and well-loved poet. He wrote New Zealand’s national anthem God Defend New Zealand here in 1876.

Today, Dunedin boasts a flourishing popular music culture with the world renowned ‘Dunedin Sound’. Songwriters including Graeme Downes (The Verlaines), Martin Phillipps (The Chills) and David Kilgour (The Clean) are the poets at the heart of the city’s musical soundscape. For over three decades they have inspired a cultural legacy through poetry and song that has indelibly marked Dunedin as an ongoing vibrant and creative musical community.


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