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David Calder


Guitarist and mandolinist David Calder became a television regular in the late 1960s, when he played in The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band on music show The Country Touch. The following decade, he began composing music for the small screen, including for beloved kids adventure The Mad Dog Gang. Calder worked often with director Roger Donaldson: he composed the music for two episodes of drama anthology series Winners & Losers, and joined Matthew Brown and Murray Grindlay for Donaldson's first movie, man alone classic Sleeping Dogs. Waikato-raised Calder has also made music in London and San Francisco. 

I love it best when a director like Ross Jennings trusts you to sit alongside the editor at the flatbed and layer in your recorded tunes and stings, exactly where you both envisaged. David Calder, on his favourite kind of screen collaborations