Craig Smith: Lyrical songsmith

Often seen performing in public spaces around Christchurch, Craig Smith is building a following around the country. He performs acoustic and children's music.

CraigHow would you describe your style of music?
Folk, contemporary, thought-provoking.
What does NZ music month mean to you?
A chance for New Zealand music to have a focal point. It’s great to promote home-grown talent.
Have you written any songs about Christchurch or Canterbury?
Yes - Soak it up. Also Central Otago and the West Coast.
Are there any other influences on your music?
Influences come from anywhere, everywhere. Emotions, times, places, things that are said and done for a laugh, everything. Stupid politicians, environmental oversights, short-term thinking.
What’s your favourite New Zealand song / and why?
Depends on my mood, but you can’t really go past anything by Split Enz.
Who’s you’re favourite NZ artist and why?
As above. What I grew up on I guess. The first NZ band that made a real impact on me.
Do you have a CD/CDs available?
Yes I have an album called 13 originals, and a new album about to be released called Don’t shake my tree. Check my website for details.
Tell us a little about your background - your home, your family, non-musical interests and so on…
I was born in 1972 in Central Otago. I first picked up the guitar when I was 12. Initially wanting to play the tunes I grew up with it wasn’t long before I was playing the songs of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and various blues artists. On any given sunny day that I don’t have a gig organised I am prone to wandering down to Cashel Street mall or the Cathedral Square to do a little busking. I can't think of anything better than sitting in the sun sipping a cup of coffee and watching good people walk by while singing to songs that I perform. Hope to see you there. Most Sundays you'll find me at Riccarton Market doing the same.

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