Nigel The Talking Cowboy from Porirua , New Zealand .
My Parents wedding day .
Donna's Parents not long before they were tragically killed in a car accident
My Family , picture of my father on the right hand corner .
Who Is The Talking Man?.
I was born in 1956 in Dannevirke a small country town in the Hawkes Bay Region of New Zealand to Hector and Irma Carmichael where we lived in a small rural community . At the age of three we moved to Tawa just out of Wellington City and it was here that I was educated . I never really excelled at school but loved sports and played rugby and cricket .
On leaving school I worked for the firm of Carters , tried my hand at owning my own business and did some retail selling as well..I am now back working for Carters.
Wedding Day to Donna, With Mum.
As a young man growing up in Tawa , Wellington New Zealand I loved Country Music and I also enjoyed going to watch western movies , especially those movies which had John Wayne acting in them . John was my favourite western movie actor and I guess he gave me inspiration for the way I love dressing as a cowboy today .
Among my favourite western singers are Slim Dusty , Roy Rogers , Red Stegall and Waddie Mitchell . I have always enjoyed singing along to their music
One day when I was looking through my father's record collection I came across an Old Hank Snow album and I found Old Doc Brown This monologue got me hooked into what I would one day find a lot of pleasure doing [reciting monologues] and recording an album .
After some difficult times in my life I met and married my wife Donna and we became part of the Country Music Club scene here in Wellington . For some time we went along only as spectators as I felt I was not good enough to sing but I was finally encouraged to have a go at singing which I did and was then given some tutoring by a local entertainer by the name of Jim Pohe .
It was not long after that I discovered my favourite style of Country Music 'The Monologue' as delivered by Hank Snow , Red Sovine , and Waddie Mitchell .
I started to recite their monologues at the Country Music Clubs and the people who came to the clubs soon gave me encouragement by telling me how much they enjoyed them .
After a few months of reciting popular monologues like 'Doc Brown'and 'Teddy Bear' I began to explore the world of 'Cowboy Poetry' and I recalled a poem from
The Western Horseman Magazine which had been written by a lady called Carole Jarvis .The poem was called 'The Sum Of His Parts ' and as I really liked it I started reciting this poem at some of the local clubs.
It was not long after when my wife and I had the misfortune of losing my two biggest supporters Pat and Tom Priestly . They were Donna's parents and were killed in a tragic road accident while driving back to their home in Levin .
From the legacy left by this wonderful couple came the opportunity for me to put my favourite monologues onto a recorded album . Mike McCarthy of 'Manuka Studios 'Auckland was approached and as he had never done anything like recording an album of monologues he was very keen to give the project a go .
Mike's expertise in recording and his musical talent produced a fine album for myself and Donna called 'The Sum Of His Parts' On this album is also an original song that I wrote in memory of my father called 'That Minute '
I have performed this original song at the clubs backed by my good friends Gail Russell and her partner Peato .
I am now very excited that my monologues are being heard by people all around the world thanks to the Internet media and to www.Irish Music Radio.com where I have met some wonderful friends who have really appreciated my album of monologues . Lucia Butler , Pat Garrettt , Bob King , Anne O'Halloran and Dee Brown are just a few of the awesome people from Ireland who I have come to really admire and am very grateful to for helping me to get my style of music heard .
I am also very grateful to Alan Hessell of Radio Kidnappers who has also promoted my album .
Among my favourite New Zealand artists who I really admire are Jim and Margaret Pohe Joy Sloane , Gail Russell and Paul Sinclair . I am also very fond of Trevor Stevens , Joy Adams, Dennis Marsh and Ann Pascoe all of whom I have received great encouragement and support.
I wish you all the best and sign off here
The Talking Man .