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Shayne Carter performs in Bright Sparks – Shayne Carter and the NZSO.

Shayne Carter (Ngati Tuwharetoa / Brockville, Otepoti) is a Dunedin musician and writer. Since first emerging in his high school punk rock band Bored Games in the 80s he has carved out a long and acclaimed career as the songwriter/singer/guitarist in the bands Dimmer, Straitjacket Fits and Doublehappys.

His autobiography “Dead People I Have Known” won the General Non Fiction prize at the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the first time a debut author has taken the main non-fiction award.

He is a seven times New Zealand Music Award winner and a member of the NZ Music Hall Of Fame.

He was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate in 2020.

Forays into writing aside, Shayne has diversified into many other artistic areas recently.

He co-starred in the acclaimed production of the play “An Iliad” with actor Michael Hurst which was performed nationally from 2018 to 2020.

Shayne has also toured extensively through South Korea, Taiwan, and China providing live soundtracks alongside taonga puoro artist James Webster for the contemporary Maori dance company Atamira. Shayne has continued his association with James and choreographer Moss Paterson, and the trio were recently together in Taupo developing new sound and dance works.

Shayne spent three months in Bangkok last year as the international artist in residence at the creative/social hub Bangkok 1899.

As part of that residency and the work with Atamira, Shayne has had the opportunity to write and perform live with musicians and sound artists in both South Korea and Thailand.  He recently released an online collaboration, “2020 Vision” with Chiang Mai-based artist Arnont Nangyao.

Shayne’s former band Straitjacket Fits headlined the recent Flying Nun 40th Anniversary concert at the Auckland town hall.

He will shortly be undertaking a national tour with another former band, Dimmer, to celebrate the anniversary of the release of the legendary I Believe You Are A Star album.

Shayne also worked as guitarist on Don McGlashan’s about to be released album Bright November Morning and will be part of Don’s band at festival appearances and a tour over the summer.

Shayne is currently resident in Auckland, writing new music and working on a new book.