You can download the September 2020 Balladeer here.
Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Thursday 24 September
Admission $20.00 non-members/$15.00 members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).
Bob McNeill began his musical career in his teens, gravitating at first to Celtic dance music playing bouzouki and open tuned guitars. After a series of albums, including three Best Folk Albums at the Tui Awards and a retrospective in 2010, he took an extended sabbatical from music.
In 2016, inspired by the classic songwriters and the New Folk wave from the 90s, he formed Project Feijoa with Emily Roughton and Rob Henderson, releasing an album of his songs in 2019. Around the same time, he ran into Cape Breton fiddler Gillian Boucher, and together they have featured at Whare Flat (2019), at festivals in Nova Scotia and Oregon, and toured New England. They recently recorded their first album Race for the Sun.
While in the US Bob began writing the songs that became Lost Stars, an album of love songs for places and people we might not see again for a while. Working alone in lockdown, he decided to release the album track by track, as the songs were finished, and make them free to download.
First act: Parcel of Sage
The first act, Parcel of Sage, is a combination of two groups, Parcel and Sage Plus, formed especially for this concert. The line-up includes wonderful singer and multi-instrumentalist Marian Carter, one half of the dynamic Raven Mavens. She is joined by Barry Carter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, sound man extraordinaire, and writer. Together this husband-and-wife team sometimes play with the Valley Stompers. Susan Ellis, known for her fiddle playing with the Jimmy Cook Band, has also come into her own on cello and can even be heard occasionally frailing a banjo. Sue Rose is a very fine vocalist who was a member of the quartet Parryphonalia and performs with Philippa Boy in the lovely duo Simple Gifts. Sue has also recently started writing some rather good songs. Last, but not least is Murray Kilpatrick on vocals and guitar. Parcel of Sage is having fun preparing an eclectic program of songs including trad, jazz, blues and originals.
Was to be held Friday 21-Sunday 23 August
We’re sad to say Riverslea Retreat is cancelled as it’s not possible to meet social distancing requirements under Level Two restrictions.
Looking forward to a rip-roaring Riverslea Retreat next year.
You can download the August 2020 Balladeer here.
Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Thursday 23 July
Admission $10.00 members/$15.00 non members (cash only; no eftpos facilities).
Barry and the Crumpets are a foot-stomping, barn-romping country dance extravagance playing old-time classics, breakneck bluegrass and swampy blues. All played as toe-tapping fast and knee-slapping rowdy.
Barry and the Crumpets are Brendan Schenk – Vocals, Mandolin; Rachel Evans – Fiddle; Donald James – Vocals, Cajon; Simon Carryer – Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo.
… Chris Prowse, who will perform tunes from his three albums – and perhaps a few others as well. For more info check out his website: https://chrisprowse.co.nz/.
You can download the July 2020 Balladeer here.