Part of New Zealand’s musical landscape since the ‘80s, The Warratahs began playing a residency at Wellington’s Cricketers’ Arms in 1986. Playing a repertoire of country based songs, such as Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams and the like, they quickly established a reputation for great live shows. They recorded their debut album Only Game In Town, which produced singles Maureen and Hands of My Heart. They toured extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia, building a strong following.
These days, with nine albums and many awards, the band is still touring. Their unique blend of lyrical poetry travels on a bed of country rock & roll, and, in 2016, they were inducted into the NZ Country Music Hall of Fame. The band has toured with The Highwaymen, Johnny Cash & the Carter family, Billy Joel, Paul Kelly, and Sam Hunt. Having sold more than 85,000 albums, their live shows still have the fire that has always been - they play the material from their albums, some of Barry Saunders’ solo work, and they never go on the road without something new. This is a big part of what has kept The Warratahs’ flame burning.