Lorina Harding Profile

Gary Steel
24 Jul 2014

Lorina Harding’s reputation rests on just two albums recorded some 12 years apart. That, and a whole lot of gigging. But really, what makes her worthy of a place in the pantheon of New Zealand singer-songwriters is the quality of the songs on those two critically acclaimed albums, and the singing and playing of them.

Released in 1992, her first album, Lucky Damn Woman, established her as a unique and assured voice, with a masterful sense of how to translate life experience to song. But back then she was neither a New Zealander, nor an established songwriter. In fact, she was a recent import from Canada, where she made a living from her other passions: acting on the stage and puppetry.

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Lorina and Hannah Harding at The Quarter, Wellington, 2009
Warren Mendonsa and Lorina Harding, Ruby Lounge, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Warren Mendonsa and Lorina Harding
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Richard Klein, Lorina Harding and Warren Mendonsa at the Ruby Lounge, Wellington, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Lorina Harding
Warren Mendonsa and Lorina Harding, the Ruby Lounge, 14 April, 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
The Promise (Live at the Wine Cellar, Auckland, October, 2009)
Lorina Harding and band, Ruby Lounge, Wellington, 14 April 2010. L to R: Simon Burgess, George Barris, Richard Klein, Lorina Harding, Warren Mendonsa, Matthew Newman.
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Nothing In This World (Live at The Side Door Coffee House, December 11, 2009)
Warren Mendonsa and Lorina Harding, Ruby Lounge, Wellington, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Lorina Harding, the Ruby Lounge, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Lorina Harding at the Ruby Lounge, Wellington, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Lorina Harding
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Lorina Harding
Warren Mendonsa and Lorina Harding, the Ruby Lounge, Wellington, 14 April 2010
Photo credit: Photo by Wendy Collins
Nigel Gavin and Lorina Harding at the Celtic Inn, Palmerston North, 2006
Photo credit: Photo by Pete McGregor
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