Knockin’ on Dylan’s door

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Southland musician Lachie Hayes with his Bob Dylan collection.  Photo: Supplied

IT would be a momentous event in Southland musician Lachie Hayes’ burgeoning music career if he opens for Bob Dylan when he tours New Zealand in August.

“Dylan has had a huge influence on my music and it would be an absolute dream come true to be a part of his New Zealand tour,” Hayes said.

“It would be a culmination of everything I have tried to achieve musically, definitely.”

The 22-year-old folk and blues musician and ILT Southland Entertainer of the Year 2018 has been a fan of Dylan since the age of 6 or 7.

“I love the lyrics, his songwriting and his singing voice.”

In a bid to get the promoters to notice Hayes, his friends Louise Duffy and Missy MacRae instigated an on-line campaign to garner support for Hayes via the Facebook Group – Lachie Hayes to Open for Bob Dylan.

It was started on May 14 and within the first two and a-half days the page had attracted nearly 300 likes and more than 3500 people had viewed a video of Hayes performing. By Tuesday this week the video had been viewed 5700 times and reached 13,600 people.

Hayes was pleased with the support he had received.

“It’s an incredible response so far. It is the hard work of Lou. She has really run with it,” he said.

Duffy said she could not think of a better person to open for Dylan’s New Zealand tour.

“Lachie has always been a massive Dylan fan. His blues music is taking off and, with the release of his EP [Where the Shadows Hang], it seems like a fantastic fit.

“We are pretty happy with the way the likes are growing [on the Facebook page], but how 5700 people have watched his music video, that is the piece we are the most excited about.”

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