Don has been a full-time songwriter, performer and composer for over 30 years. He has won the Silver Scroll twice - in 1994 for Anchor Me and in 2006 for Bathe In The River. With his various bands including Blam Blam Blam , The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds and recent solo work, he has had five top ten albums, six top five singles (including one No. 1, The Heater) and received seven Tui awards, (including Best Band, Best Single and Best Album with the Mutton Birds in 1993). There are five of Don’s songs in APRA’s 100 Best Songs of All Time.
He has also had a lot of involvement in music for film, TV and advertising throughout his career: he’s scored 10 feature films including Jane Campion’s, An Angel At My Table and Toa Fraser’s No. 2 (which won best film score at the 2006 NZ Film & TV Awards); five TV series including the long-running drama Street Legal (which won the TV score award at the same event in 2003) and This Is Not My Life (TV1’s current top drama show); written and produced music for TV ad campaigns including NZPOST, Pam’s Foods, New World Supermarkets and Whittaker’s Chocolates.
Don has a long history of serving on Creative NZ committees across music, theatre and education. He was one of the founders of Auckland’s Watershed Theatre and has been heavily engaged in the set-up and running of that venue throughout the early nineties.