Robert James Kirk
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Robert James Kirk

Ormond, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Ormond, Victoria, Australia | SELF
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Goodnight Ruby - Robert James Kirk
Show me the money - Robert James Kirk

That Kind of girl
Light shines in


Feeling a bit camera shy


Born in Wellington, New Zealand and the youngest of six, Rob Kirk was introduced to music at a very early age thanks to encouraging parents. He started learning guitar at eight years old and by age ten was playing pubs, talent quests and local venues. By sixteen he was out of school, working as a hairdresser by day and playing music by night.

Kirk toured New Zealand in his teens and by his early twenties was playing five nights a week (sometimes two gigs a night). “There’s nothing better for learning your craft than playing constantly”. He’d flirted with writing songs in his teens but it wasn’t until he moved to Australia in the mid 80’s that he really started to take writing seriously. “I’d teamed up with fellow Kiwis ‘Back Door Blues Band’, playing guitar. It was a scream of a band, featuring notorious New Zealand front man Ted Clark”. He remembers it as a very productive period for him writing-wise in that he learned a great deal about song writing and arranging.

Kirk settled into Melbourne life through the 90’s featuring in several excellent line ups around town and releasing his first CD - a self titled EP. He describes it as “…very heavily country influenced, with a ‘yeehaa’ version of Ringo Starr’s ‘Photograph’ as well as 5 original tracks”. One of these, ‘Hard times in wonderland’ enjoyed success when recorded by country artist Rene Diaz. “It was a great learning period for me-this time learning the business of music, without a doubt the biggest challenge to any musician”.
Several projects followed: a return to NZ, a brief sojourn to the UK & Europe and numerous tour destinations around Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.

‘Goodnight Ruby’ was recorded from April 2007, with producer Philip Riley while back ‘full circle’ in his old home town of Wellington “…..the logical place to re-invent myself and start a new adventure”. Kirk’s second full-length album ‘Show Me The Money’, again produced by Phillip Riley, was recently launched in Australia, to a phenomenal response.

Names like John Hyatt, Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer come to mind when graced with his vocal and songwriting skill, but really, Kirk's a musical chameleon - too quick and mercurial to be put in a pigeonhole easily. Be prepared to be blown away with cheeky and infectious vibe that will leave you with a lasting impression, and begging for more.