Prowse Brothers Band – 14 March, 7pm. Book launch. By invitation.

Marg Layton Band – Cuba Dupa festival – Sunday 25 March. See programme for more details.


My latest album There Goes The Shiner is available at the last surviving record stores and online for downloads and streaming.

The album is a collection of original songs and instrumentals inspired by the John A. Lee stories about the colonial rouseabout Ned Slattery known as “The Shiner” who swagged his way around Canterbury and Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

For more information about The Shiner listen to this reading by Tom Frewen (Chris Prowse provides the guitar) from John A. Lee’s book Shiner Slattery.


Below is a free pdf file of the update of my book – Financial Management For The Performing Arts. This handbook is intended for both practitioners and students. Feedback about this book would be welcome as it could assist with any future editions. My thanks to the New Zealand Drama School/Toi Whakarri and Playmarket for their support.

Click on this link.
Financial Management for the Performing Arts 2015 – pdf



The jazz guitarist Johnny Smith remarked that the guitar is a musical instrument and not just something to scrape on. With this thought in mind I’ve been writing a few guitar instrumentals. Over time I’ll publish them on this website. My thanks to brother Richard for helping to edit some of these music scores.

Click on the titles for a link to the music and guitar tabs as pdf files.

“Bread On the Water” is a simple little waltz that I recorded as duet for guitar and Cuban tres on the album – There Goes The Shiner. Here is a version for solo guitar.

Bread On The Water – guitar music and tab

“Leaving Carrickfergus” is a little celtic song I wrote about my grand mother leaving Northern Ireland during the First World War to start a new life in New Zealand. Here is a guitar arrangement which I revised recently for an album I’m recording.

Leaving Carrickfergus – guitar music and tab

The first part of “Yesterday’s Star” started life as a song but it probably works better as an instrumental.

Yesterday’s Star – guitar music and tab

“Sue’s Blues” is a blues in the key of G. I originally wrote this for Sue to play on the piano. Here is the guitar version.

Sue’s Blues – guitar music and tab

“The Hedge Cutter’s Sonatina” is from my album – “There Goes The Shiner”

Hedge Cutters Sonatina – guitar music and tab

“Love You Longtime” is for those that like syncopated thumb picking.

Love You Longtime – guitar music and tab

“Deep Cove” is  a head for a minor blues that I sometimes play with the Prowse Brothers Band.

Deep Cove music 


Listen to the MIDI recordings of the scores on Soundcloud.