No place like home – tribute to Phil Garland

7.30pm on 27 April at The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. Entry by donation.

I’m proud to be a Kiwi, standing strong and tall,
The spirit of our Nation unites us one and all.
Let’s join hands together and sing in harmony,
Our land – New Zealand, means all the world to me.

So sang the late great Phil Garland in one of his many songs celebrating New Zealand and its history. Now it’s our turn, in tribute to Phil, to join together to sing about any and all of the many different strands that have gone into the making of New Zealand.

 

Acoustic Routes Songwriters Concert

7.30pm on 23 March at The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $15 non-members, $10 members.

A great line-up of songwriters this month – first up is K-too, Kevin McLoughlin and Kevin Ikin, two folk veterans who hail from Dunedin and first played together at The New Edinburgh Folk Club in the early 1980s. As a duo they had their debut at Wellyfest last year, with a great set of tall and true tales reflecting the unique character of the South Island’s West Coast and its people – stories from the goldfields, coal mines, towns and landscape of the Wild West, not forgetting the weather!
The Gracious Deviants grace the stage next – they are Darrel Greaney and Pete Edge, a local acoustic group and a highly creative collaboration between two experienced musicians with disparate influences but complementary skills. They’ve been spotted at the Open Mic at the Office in Newtown and we thought it was time to get them up at one of our concerts.
Pat Higgins has delighted audiences for a number of years now both singing and playing traditional material on the Irish flute. He’s also a consummate songwriter, and we look forward to hearing his original material on Thursday.
Alan Downes will be singing numbers from his newly-released CD “Road Trip” – as Mary Kippenberger said on Facebook, he’s “Such a poet, funny, observant, brilliant, very cool, very NZ, very us”.
It’s terrific that we have so many people in the area who are contributing to the folk tradition by writing new material, and we’re honoured to have so much talent on one stage on one night. All up it should be a great night in a lovely venue.

Folkin’ fabulous February (3)

The third folkin’ fabulous concert is coming your way this Thursday. I wonder if we’ll have to stop the concert so we can take photos of the sunset this week?

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton.

“Kirsty Bromley is a singer of songs of social justice, traditional songs and songs from the heart. Her voice is effortless yet stirring, at times ethereal but always earthy and with strong roots. Musical and beguiling.” Nancy Kerr – BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015

Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner Simon, whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, Tuatara Temple of Taste, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.

Folkin’ fabulous February (2)

After a folkin’ fabulous concert with Winter Wilson, harmoniously supported by the Hex Crystals (or was that the Flex Crystals?), folkin’ fabulous February continues with the second of our three February concerts this Thursday.

16 February (Thursday) – Rachel Dawick (in association with the Plimmerton Boating Club). If you’ve seen Rachel before, you’ll know she never disappoints, and she always has something different to offer. Now living overseas, she’s back with a special preview of her forthcoming album “A Penny Plain & Two Pence Coloured”. www.racheldawick.com/ 7.30pm Plimmerton Boating Club. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

As a special treat the openers are The Short Blacks – the fabulous fotographer and guitarist Julian Ward and the just generally all-round fabulous Mr Roy McGuinness on vocals.

And make sure next week’s gig is in your diary – you won’t want to miss it!

23 February (Thursday) – Kirsty Bromley and Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty delighted audiences around New Zealand when she was last here and in February she returns with her musical partner whose “beautiful piano and accordion playing will not disappoint your ears”. www.kirstybromley.com 7.30pm The Third Eye, 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington. $20 non-members, $15 members and students

Opening acts are a band especially formed for the occasion, Reuben Jelleyman and Friends, and the winner of the Joan Prior Award 2016, Hunter Giltrap.