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Cricket legend to launch album at Motueka Kai Fest

February 28th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Kiwi cricketing legend John Wright will launch his new music video and album "Red Skies" at a special concert in Memorial Hall to wrap up the Motueka Kai Fest event on April 9th.

John (pictured) remains one of New Zealand's most prolific run scorers after his cricketing career playing 82 tests between 1978 and 1993.

In recent years, fulfilling a long-held passion for music, he has teamed up with the Sou'westers and now has recorded the new album which includes the feature song "Drivin' In To Mot".

He wrote the song based on his experiences visiting Motueka in his childhood, and decided to launch the album and the delightful music video here.

The range of dates the band were available coincided with the Motueka Kai Fest event, so John and his band agreed to take part in the Sunday daytime celebration at Decks Reserve and then play the concert that evening in Memorial Hall, with all proceeds going to the 2018 Kai Fest.

Tickets for the concert and the album and video launch are available at

John Wright captained the Black Caps and, following his retirement in 1993, coaching the Indian national cricket team from 2000 to 2005. He made his international debut in 1978 against England.

During his career, he scored over 5,000 Test runs (the first New Zealand Test player to do so) and recorded 12 test centuries. He typically opened for New Zealand, and was noted as a tenacious, rather than spectacular, batsman.

John has always had a deep passion for music and musicians. In 2016 he recorded a debut album of his songs with Liam Ryan (The Narcs/The Souwesters) and soft released on Liam's label Torch Music late 2016.

The first single release from this album is "Drivin' in to Mot", a song about Motueka and our region. Like many Cantabrians John has fond memories of holidays in the Motueka region and so the song and video is really about that - driving into town in his ute as a youngster.

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