Wayne Gillespie


Springing from the Auckland acoustic scene of the early 1980s, Wayne Gillespie released a critically acclaimed self-funded album in New Zealand before crisscrossing the Tasman Sea and eventually relocating to Sydney in 1987 for the Australian release of his second album.

New Locations brought glowing reviews from the rock press in both countries, with New Zealand Herald critic Colin Hogg writing: “Gillespie’s rich, sad voice and his 10 self-penned songs shine with a dark brilliance here, a long step from the folkie flavour of Wayward Son. An outstanding record.”

Wayne Gillespie & Nigel Gavin - Live at the Bunker (Wayward Music CD, 2005). Recorded at The Bunker, Devonport, Auckland. On a few tracks, Caitlin Smith sings backing vocals and Tony Waine plays bass.
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
Wayne Gillespie - Heart's For (1987) - directed by Kerry Brown, featuring Mike Croft on saxophone.
Wayne Gillespie and Margaret Urlich, performing at the Harbourside Brasserie, Sydney, November 1995
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
Wayne Gillespie’s debut LP, Wayward Son (Wizard Records, 1984). Self-produced, the LP featured Bob Shepheard, bass; Brendan Power, harmonicas, Denny Stanway, backing vocals. It was recorded at Azimuth and Direct Import studios. Cover photo by Leonie Reisberg.
Wayne Gillespie performing with Passionfish at the Excelsior Hotel, Sydney, 1994; the drummer is Rob Grosser.

Wayne Gillespie, New Locations photo shoot, 1986.
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Wayne Gillespie and his band New Locations, May 1987, before his departure to Australia. Back row, L-R: Rick Robertson, Steve Clarkson, Nigel Gavin. In front, L-R: Tim Calder, Wayne Gillespie, Denny Stanway.
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Wayne Gillespie with the Narcs, Hamilton, February 1996. From left: Tony Waine, Andy Dickson, Liam Ryan, Wayne Gillespie, Steve Clarkson. 
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Auckland Acoustics: a compilation album recorded at Progressive Studios, Auckland, by Steve Garden, 1985. Among the artists are Mahina Tocker, Wayne Gillespie, Kathryn Tait, and Chris & Lynn Thompson.
Wayne Gillespie - Living in Exile (Ravenswood CD, 1995).
Wayne Gillespie and Dave Dobbyn at Trackdown Studios during the recording of Living in Exile, Sydney, c. 1993.
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
Wayne Gillespie and Rick Robertson with Nigel Gavin, at the Cat and Fiddle, Sydney 2005.
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Mixing The Narcs' Push the Boat Out album at Eclipse Studios in Sydney, 1996: Brent Clark, Wayne Gillespie, unknown and Zed Brookes
Wayne Gillespie - Ten Francs (Jayrem, 1984), from his self-produced debut album, Wayward Son. Gillespie says that without the support of James Moss of Jayrem, the Wayward Son album wouldn't have been noticed outside of Auckland. 
Wayne Gillespie's note from fan Robert Downey Jr., 1988.
Wayne Gillespie - This Place (CBS NZ, 1986), produced by Trevor Lucas of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. 
Poster for Ross Mullins and Wayne Gillespie at the Pumphouse, Takapuna, 1985. 
Photo credit: Ross Mullins collection
Wayne Gillespie, back cover of New Locations (CBS NZ, 1986)
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Wayne Gillespie in the studio, Hamilton, recording Push The Boat Out, 1996.
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The winner of the 1984 APRA Silver Scroll was Hammond Gamble with ‘Look What Midnight’s Done To Me’. Standing next to Hammond (second from right) is Wayne Gillespie, who was presented with a special APRA Award that night for his song ‘Away With You’, because the judges had great difficulty in deciding on a winner and wished to recognise his song also. Flanking the songwriters are APRA representatives, Ray Columbus and Bernie Darby. 
Wayne Gillespie, New Locations photo shoot, Auckland, 1986.
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Wayne Gillespie and Passionfish EP cover, July 1995
Photo credit: Sandra Waine
Wayne Gillespie's '10 Francs', shared on a 7" EP with tracks by Luke Hurley (Jayrem, 1985)
Wayne Gillespie, New Locations photo shoot, 1986.
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Brendan Power with Wayne Gillespie, Ireland, 2009
Wayne Gillespie, Denny Stanway, and Brendan Power - Maidment Theatre, University of Auckland, 1982.
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
The video for ‘This Place’ was by British-Australian director Stephen Hopkins. “It was his idea to build the set on the truck. We started off on the Sydney highway but got moved on. Then on the Parramatta Road the traffic was backed up for miles.” – Wayne Gillespie, Rip It Up, 1987
Wayne Gillespie, when Wayward Son was announced as a finalist in the NZ Music Awards, 1984
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Wayne Gillespie and his band Passionfish performing the title track off Gillespie's third album Living in Exile. Filmed in 1995 at the nightclub Round Midnight in Sydney's Kings Cross with Rob Grosser on drums and Peter Maloney on bass. Audio features Margaret Urlich on BVs, Brendan Power on harmonica and Dave Sparks on guitar.
For the video ‘Losing One’, director Kerry Brown borrowed a $600 jacket from an Auckland boutique. During a coffee break, a Rottweiler lunged through the window of a parked car and sunk its teeth through the jacket and Wayne Gillespie’s arm. Filming resumed after a trip to the hospital for stitches.
Wayne Gillespie in a 1986 promotional shot.
Photo credit: Kerry Brown
Famous Blue Raincoat EP cover, 2008
Photo credit: Geoffrey Stapleton
Wayne Gillespie and band, 2017. From left: Wayne Gillespie, David Lines, Tony Waine, Paul Crowther, Jim Langabeer, Nigel Gavin
Photo credit: Wayne Gillies
Passionfish, 1995. From left: Wayne Gillespie, Rob Grosser (drums), Peter Moloney (bass).
Photo credit: Wendy McDougall
Wayne Gillespie's first gig, CIT Folk Club, Heretaunga, 1976.
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
FRAZZ front cover, August 2022.
Photo credit: Geoffrey Stapleton
Wayne Gillespie - Ten Francs (1984) - directed by Keith Hill in the old Auckland Railway Station.
Wayne Gillespie and Nigel Gavin, Penguin Club, Oamaru 2006.
Wayne Gillespie, 121 Cafe, Auckland, 2017.
Photo credit: Patrick Byrne
Wayne Gillespie: a poster for a February 2023 gig at the Bayview Hotel, Gladesville, west Sydney: "A jazzy Lou Reed, film noir Miles Davis, kind of vibe." On drums is former Split Enz member Mal Green. 
Photo credit: Wayne Gillespie Collection
Wayne Gillespie, Mt Eden Village, Auckland, 7 April 2017.
Photo credit: Patrick Byrne
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