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Bill Direen and The Bilders

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Bilders is the professional appellation for many different groups led by New Zealand singer-songwriter Bill Direen. Direen began recording in 1978, when working as a community reporter and DJ for a provincial radio station (Radio Marlborough). He is known for literate lyrics, challenging song-subjects and a hands-on recording style that has produced "many genuine classic compositions" [John Dix, Stranded in Paradise]

The first Bilders appeared in 1980 performing material assembled or recorded between 1975 and 1980. Other collaborations have happened in NZ and overseas. The most recent Bilders completed national tours in 2007 and 2008 with Powertool Records. Direen works freely with independent musicians, and collaborations are usually titled Bilders (sometimes... The Builders !) [Bilders poster by Lesley Maclean]

Band Members:
NZ TOURS 2007 & 2008
Bill Direen (vocals, guitar)
Greig Bainbridge (bass)
Steve Cournane (drums)
Jackson Harry (second guitar)
Andrew McCully (keyboard)
Stuart Porter (drums)
Greig Bainbridge (bass)
Brett Cross (bass)
Richard Anderton (vocals)
Andrew Maitai (drums)
Stuart Page (drums)
and many more

OTHER COLLABORATIONS
Jon Evans (Berlin, 2008)
Dave Allen (Berlin 2008)
Fred Morvan (Paris, Berlin, 2008)
TThomthom Geigenschrey
Nik le killer (Paris, 2009-2010)

Current lineup: Bill Direen + Greig Bainbridge and Steve Cournane + guests

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  • Christchurch


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  • Drive Drive (to the Waterfront)

    From the early 90s Bilders set of Bill D & Derek Champion (drums & percussion). They toured NZ and USA together mid-90s. Studio version of Drive by Bill & Derek is on the album Cut (imd).
    Download Now [Size: 2.24MB | 2:27 | 128kbps]

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