Downunderdogs Wed 9 Nov 2022

Live at the Bottom of the Planet CD celebration

Our favourite tall yodeller, our favourite cross picker and our smiliest bass player. All at once. Delivering tunes from Live at the Bottom of the Planet CD in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Live at the Bottom of the Planet features eight originals and five covers of time-honoured Americana classics, with first-class flatpicking, stellar song writing and heavenly harmonies.

Like their music, Jack MacKenzie and Peter and Cathy Dyer are American born and bred.

Jack’s flat-picking is inspired by Doc Watson and is featured throughout the CD, including his instrumentals “Waterfall” and “Mac’s Reel/Rangitikei Polka”. He has picked with Doc and a host of other stars at McCabe’s Music—the legendary venue Jack managed and performed at in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1980. Otherwise he keeps busy building his own line of Simian Ridge guitars. 

Peter plays rhythm guitar and loves singing and yodelling Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. The CD includes two of his best known compositions, Go Ahead and Cry and The Immigrants Song.

After years of listening to Peter and Jack play, Cathy finally added the big double bass and chimed in for three-part harmonies.

The Downunderdogs have been featured at Wellington Folk Festival, Kiwigrass Festival, the Auckland Bluegrass Club, and the Wellington Bluegrass Society.