"After supper we were fortunate to have Phil Garland, one of New Zealand's true treasures perform…… Phil's songs of droving, shearing and swaggies illustrate the great similarity of experience between life in the New Zealand bush and that of this country. His programme also contains poetry and a good sprinkling of great yarns…… It was all over far too soon."
- Don Fraser - Ringwood Folk Club Melbourne 2009
Garland is a unique ‘Songcatcher’ who has spent forty
years writing, recording and collecting Kiwi folksong, winning
numerous awards and gaining international respect as New Zealand’s “foremost
and finest heritage balladeer."
- Canterbury Folk Festival - Easter 2004
is great warmth in a Phil Garland concert from his song of greeting “How
Are You Mate?” to his final encore “So Long Mate.” – “It’s
easy to see why he is New Zealand’s foremost folk singer
and folklorist, for not only is Phil a collector of New Zealand’s
folk music, but he is also a fine songwriter.” – “His
songs have catchy choruses which the audience could easily pick
up and sing along. He has left behind a growing legion of fans
- Julie Dendle – Brisbane Folk Rag, September 2004
music introduces you to the musical heart of New Zealand and its people"
- Victor Harbour Folk Festival, Australia: October 2001.
had the pleasure of catching Phil Garland's Brisbane concert
on Saturday night. What can I say? Wow! He was fantastic! Thoroughly
entertaining, with tall tales, beautiful songs and lovely guitar
- June Nichols - Folk Rag, Brisbane: September 2001
an interpreter of New Zealand's folk and country heritage, Phil Garland
is without peer. He must surely have a reasonable case for being regarded
as a National Living Treasure."
- Christchurch Press
National Living Treasure"
- Sunday Times
Voice of the bushman, shearer, drover, miner and swaggy"
- Auckland Folk Festival
bush poetry and yarns had the audience in fits..."
- Palmerston North Folk Festival
- Vancouver Sun
of New Zealand songs and verse"
- New Edinburgh Folk Club
Colonial Story-telling: Heart Warming Songs and Patter"
- Christchurch Press
the World's Best Folklorists"
- Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia
most seasoned folk performer and entertainer"
- Wellington Folk Centre
"Living folk legends such as Phil Garland need little affirmation of their standing in the Hall of Fame....this style of folklore is timeless, delivered in the Garland style as reassuring as it was compelling. Naturally he won an encore and got audience participation just as easily as he won their hearts!"
- Allan Francis - Christchurch Press
"Godfather of Kiwi folk and a voice of New Zealand, Phil Garland celebrated his country's human and physical geography in uncluttered and straightforward fashion. The songs were of the heart, describing places, personalities and events with directness and strength. Even at a time when fashions dictate, Garland's music returns to those things which stir our spirits, evoking a sense of time, place and people in moods travelling from nostalgia and poignancy."
- Christopher Moore