Chris Priestley


While part of the booming Auckland folk scene of the early 1980s, Chris Priestley wouldn’t be caught dead singing a song with a local place name in it: that was something the old folkies did, something the Australians did.

For Priestley and a new generation calling itself “contemporary folk”, it was mostly about love and love lost, and the material of singer/songwriters such as Mahinaarangi Tocker, Kath Tait, Wayne Gillespie, Chris Thompson – and Priestley’s Acoustic Confusion bandmate Julian McKean – was being shared by one and all.

The Unsung Heroes, 2022 (L-R): Peter Elliott, Sonia Wilson, Cameron Bennett, Nigel Gavin, and Chris Priestley. 
Cover image for Chris Priestley's CD 'Unsung Heroes: Songs & Stories from New Zealand's Distant Past', 2013
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Notoriety, Chris Priestley and Chris Hart's original store in Grey Lynn - the forerunner to Real Groovy.
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Chris Priestley in Nerves of Steel band with Brendan Power (centre) and Larry Griffin (right).
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Chris Priestley performing at the Real Groovy Records 30th anniversary with Nigel Gavin, Martha Louise, Angela Fox and Pedro.
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Emily Giles, Martha Louise and Chris Priestley, 2010.
In Folk-Us, 2006. Left to right: Martha Louise, Mark Laurent, Chris Priestley, Brenda Liddiard, Peter Madill.
Chris Priestley and Chris Hart outside the premises of Real Groovy Records in Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland.
Acoustic confusion - Gorleben
Denny Stanway, Brendan Power, and Chris Priestley jamming al fresco with an unidentified guitarist (and dog), early 1980s. 
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Acoustic Confusion in the NZ Herald, 17 January 1985
Chris Priestley performing for the Real Groovy 30th Anniversary.
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Acoustic Confusion- Hazy Days LP cover (Real Groovy Records, 1984)
Chris Priestley and Mike Harding, Songcatchers tour, 2011.
Chris Priestley with Emily Giles, Phil Powers & Nigel Gavin - Hillside in the Rain Bunker CD Launch 2006. Written by John Hanlon.
Chris Priestley's mother and sisters.
Acoustic Confusion with the house band at the Gluepot, Auckland
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Acoustic Confusion at Brown Trout Festival, c. 1983. From left: Julian McKean, Denny Stanway, and Chris Priestley. 
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Barry Linton, centre, outside Cafe 121, Ponsonby Road, Auckland
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Chris Priestley, left, with Sonia Wilson and Nigel Gavin.
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Chris Priestley with blues legend Brownie McGhee at Java Jive, Ponsonby, 1980s.
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Chris Priestley with Phil Garland
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Acoustic Confusion and friends at Hamilton Folk Club, c. 1982. From left: Julian McKean, Denny Stanway, Chris Priestley, Mike Harding, Glenn Fuller, and Penny Bousfield.
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Chris Priestley (right) with Marlon Williams.
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Acoustic Confusion at Tahora, Taranaki
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Photo from the back cover of Chris Thompson's 1993 Coffee Break album. Chris Thompson sits with fellow musician and Atomic Cafe owner, Chris Priestley.
Real Groovy at 492 Queen Street, Auckland
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Cover of Chris Thompson's 1993 Coffee Break album, on the Manu (Ode) label. Chris sits with fellow musician and Atomic Cafe owner, Chris Priestley.

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