Product Code: LRF 191
Artist: Phil Garland
Origin: Australia
Label: Kiwi (1986)
Format: LP
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Cover: NM (M-)
Record: NM (M-)
Genre: Country , Folk , World U

Hunger In The Air: Songs Of Old New Zealand

Very smart clean vinyl housed in a good crisp cover.

Philip Humphrey GarlandQSM (c. 1942 – 15 March 2017) was a New Zealand folk musician. He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to folk music,[1] and was called the "Godfather of New Zealand folk music".[2] He recorded 19 albums,[3] and won the New Zealand Music Awards folk album of the year three times.

Garland died in March 2017 aged 75.[4]


The early settlers and pioneers experienced hard times, harsh conditions and economic recession during New Zealand's formative years. Regardless of social standing and through no fault of their own, many found themselves on the road, searching for whatever work was available, during the 'Hungry Years' (1879-95) culminating in a mass exodus overseas.
The atmosphere is captured by David McKee-Wright, when he says:
"The country's lookin' not so bad, the prospect's pretty fair, but for coves that's out of collar mate, there's hunger in the air."

This compilation is dedicated to the memory of those early colonists, whose contributions helped provide us with a rich musical heritage and one of which we can all be justly proud.
Phil Garland

Hunger in the Air;

  • John Smith A.B.;
  • A Flash in the Pan/Bright Fine Gold;
  • A Long Time Ago
  • Dug-Out in the True
  • The Digger's Farewell
  • Come all you Tonguers
  • Shanties by the Way
  • The Shearing's Coming Round
  • I'm A Young Man
  • Davy Lowston
  • Shore Cry
  • Don't Blame the Wealthy Squatter/Man Upon The Track
  • New Zealand Whales
  • Across the Line
  • Packing My Things
  • Leatherman