HISTORY CONTENTS

 The following NZ bands all performed original material.  

Each band outline is headed with John Donoghue's specific role.  

To open up the history chapters and read further, click on chapter titles or band names. 

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CHAPTER ONE 

THE EARLY YEARS

1956 - 1970

  • The Skiffle Scholars 1956-60

    TENOR GUITARIST: Chapter one opens just as the world-wide skiffle-music craze of the 1950's is taking the eastern suburbs of wellington by storm.

    For more click on band name above.

  • The Strangers 1962-65

    LEAD GUITARIST: The early sixties saw the strangers emerge from the skiffle groups of miramar as a shadows-type band only to be immediately swept up on a wave of beatlemania.

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  • The Cheshire Katt 1966-69

    LEAD GUITARIST: With the sixties came beat groups, flower power and The cheshire katt, surfing through all the psychedelic twists and turns of the decade before finally ending up in auckland as a soul/funk/blues unit.

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  • The Dizzy Limits 1969-70

    LEAD GUITARIST: Wellington's dizzy limits were a classic sixties popband, but after releasing several pop singles in new zealand, they journeyed to london where they underwent radical changes and returned as the notorious rockband "timberjack."

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CHAPTER TWO

THE OVERGROUND YEARS

1970 - 1975

  • Timberjack 1970-71

    LEAD GUITARIST: Timberjack were new zealand's first truly gothic rockband. Their short life is remembered for banned records, banned videos, banned performances and endless controversy over their 1971 loxene golden disc nomination.

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  • Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band 1971-75

    GUITAR/BANJO: Bulldogs allstar goodtime band grew from early beginnings as a wellington jugband into a television and radio sensation. They ended their spectacular run by winning both "NZ group of the year" and "entertainers of the year" at the 1974 NZ music awards.

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  • The Human Instinct 1972-74

    CO-GUITARIST: NZ blues-rock legends the human instinct blazed a trail between new zealand and london in the 1960's. In the early 1970's they expanded into a guitar quartet, capturing their new sound and style on an original rock opera album named the "hustler." This is the story of those years.

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  • Timberjack Donoghue 1972-75

    GUITAR/MANDOLIN: John donoghue's brief career as a solo recording artist produces two albums, four singles, a loxene golden disc nomination and a "NZ album of the year" award.

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CHAPTER THREE

THE UNDERGROUND YEARS

1977 - 1990

  • Cockroach 1977-80

    LEAD GUITARIST: Born in the far north, northland's legendary wild band "cockroach" were one of NZ's first successful indigenous rockbands and proved to be sensations at the nambassa rock festivals.

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  • The Mangawekas 1981-84

    SLIDE GUITARIST: The mangawekas went from spearheading the blues revivalist movement that gripped wellington in the early eighties to becoming one of that city's most long-lived and much-loved blues bands.

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  • The Warratahs 1985-88

    BASS GUITARIST: The warratahs were to become one of New Zealand's most popular country bands. Here we explore their early years from humble beginnings in a wellington basement to winning "NZ country album of the year" at the 1987 NZ music awards.

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  • Johnny & the Skyhawks 1989-90

    SLIDE GUITARIST: Chapter three ends with wellington's rock and roll circus, "johnny and the skyhawks," seeing the eighties out in a glorious blaze of self-destruction.

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CHAPTER FOUR 

TALES OF THE WILD NORTH

1993 - 2017

  • Electric Puha 1993-2001

    LEAD GUITARIST/BASS GUITARIST: Chapter four opens with the long, winding tale of northland's electric puha band, creators of aotearoa radio's number one hit, "sweet music in te hapua."

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  • Puha Bandidos 1995-2012

    DOBRO/MANDOLIN: The puha bandidos acoustic streetband ruled unchallenged as northland's top street band from 1995 until 2012.

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  • The John Wayne Project - 1984-2017

    GUITAR & VOCALS: An on-going musical partnership since 1984, ex-warratahs john donoghue and wayne mason are known for popping up unannounced in unexpected places.

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  • Timberjack Donoghue - Live at Waitangi - 2010-17

    GUITAR & VOCALS: Each waitangi day john donoghue performs a live set of original material as "timberjack donoghue" at waitangi treaty grounds.

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