To the Sea is the first solo album for Harry Lyon. Produced by Lyttelton’s music auteur Delaney Davidson the album showcases Harry’s array of styles and influences with classic Kiwi rock, New Orleans vaudeville, Latin, Pasifika, country and a Christmas ballad for good measure. Lyrically subjects range from love songs, a life well lived and Harry’s usual wry political and social observations.
Harry was co-founder, guitar player and songwriter with NZ Hall of Fame band Hello Sailor. His songwriting credits include, Lying in the Sand and Watch Your Back from Sailor’s award- winning first album, Dr I Like Your Medicine, 1981 Single of the Year for Coup D’Etat, and Muscles, that featured on Midge Marsden’s Burning Rain album and was a 1991 APRA Silver Scroll finalist.
Harry also played with The Pink Flamingos, Hammond Gamble and The Legionnaires for whom he wrote the Top 20 single You Bring Out the Worst in Me.
For his To the Sea tour, Harry has assembled a band of music heavyweights, most with a strong connection to the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) where he worked until mid-2017. “I wanted to work with people I know and realised that although we’ve all played together in various guises we had never all actually been in a band together. Really honoured these guys all said yes straight up and the feeling at rehearsals is great.”