Rag Poets

The Band

The Band

Rag Poets are a bunch of local musicians who have been on the Wellington scene for more years than they care to remember.They got themselves together as ‘RAG POETS’ to play the music they all love, and just needed the excuse to play together.

The music comes with a country roots flavour featuring the songs of various artists such as  Neil Young, The Springfields, The Grass Roots, Gram Parsons, Jason Isbell, and many others.  Adding to the mix they throw in a handful of original compositions.
The band loves to express itself vocally, bringing rich sweet harmonies to the arrangements, suiting the material they choose to play.  Some originating from the 50s and 60s era.

Vic Singe 

Percussion. Vic has had a long history with the Wellington scene and has also played with the ‘The Warratahs’ and ‘Rocking Horse’ and more recently ‘The Desotos’, not to mention “Harry Hoods Band”.

Phil Hope  

Lead Guitar, Mandolin and vocals

Phil is a great string player with good vocal skills.  He has been playing a moon or two, kicking off with 70s Band the Kal-Q-Lated Risk.  Recently he has been playing with ‘Matt Hay & The Makers’. He and Carl, over the years, have had a long musical association together, finally forming some solidarity with ‘Rag Poets’.

Clinton Brown      

Bass and vocals. Clint  started out in jazz circles as bassist with jazz musician, Kevin Clarke.  He was a foundation member of ‘Rocking Horse’,  ‘The Warratahs’ and ‘The Wayne Mason Band’.

Carl Evensen

 Vocals, bongos, guitar and harmonica.

CARL founded ‘The Kal-Q-Lated Risk’ at high school, before joining  ‘The Fourmyula’, a band which celebrated great success during the mid to late 60’s in New Zealand.  Later in 1973, after returning home from London, he and Clint Brown formed ‘Rocking Horse’ with Wayne Mason, Keith Norris and the late Bruce Robinson RIP.  During the ’80’s-mid 90’s Carl lived in Sydney, working with various Australian bush bands playing back yard bbqs, schools, weddings and community halls for local bush dances. He returned to New Zealand in 1996, and is happy to have found a musical home with RAG POETS.


Alan Norman

Accordion and vocals. Al enjoys sitting in on piano with various local artists , and has played with ‘Darren Watson’,  the ‘Real Deal Band’,  ‘Laura Collins’ Back Porch Band’ and ‘The Windy City strugglers’.  Occasionally, he still sits in with ‘The Warratahs’.

This unique set of talented individuals make up ‘ Rag Poets’