WATCH: Mel and JT interview Kiwi music Icon Don McGlashan

Publish Date
Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 2:27PM

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best known and highly regarded songwriters.

He was drummer and singer with Auckland band Blam Blam Blam – with Tim Mahon and Mark Bell – which had a string of top 20 singles and an album “Luxury Length”, which went to No. 4 nationally. His song “Don’t Fight it, Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both Of Us” won Song of the Year in the 1982 NZ Recording Industry Awards.

But now he has turned his attention from topping the charts to entertaining toddlers! His newest project, a kids tv show called 'Kiri and Lou' has garnered worldwide attention and praise!

Kiri and Lou live in a prehistoric cut-paper forest with kōwhai, ferns, giant sloths, moa, and kiwi and kākāpō who can still fly. Kiri (Olivia Tennet) is an energetic therapod with lots of big feelings and ideas for fun. Her bestie, Lou (Jemaine Clement), is a dreamy elephantine creature with a very sensitive trunk. The characters are realised with Antony Elworthy’s warm, precise, evocative claymation and will become your best friends after about 40 seconds.

In each five-minute episode Kiri and Lou face the everyday dilemmas of three-to-seven-year-olds, like accidentally hurting someone’s feelings; being upset at losing a race; trying to be a good sharer; and lacking the patience to wait for your buddy before gobbling up all fruit she’s picked from the Yum Yum Baronie tree.

The show is adorable, charming and perfect for kids, or Adults! 

Watch the Full Two-Part Interview Above!