Roseneath School Hall, Maida Vale Road, Thursday 27 February, 7.30 pm
The Downunderdogs are Jack MacKenzie, Peter Dyer and Cathy Dyer. This three-part vocal/instrumental blend features first-class flatpicking, stellar songwriting, heavenly harmonies, and lots of laughs.
Like their music, Jack, Peter and Cathy are American born and bred. They enjoy discovering, digging into and arranging “Americana” country, bluegrass, old-time, and swing music. This includes originals by Jack and Peter.
Jack’s flat-picking is inspired by Doc Watson. He has picked with Doc and a host of other stars at McCabe’s Music—the legendary venue Jack managed and performed at in Los Angeles from 1971 to 1980. He is now building his own Simian Ridge guitars.
Peter plays rhythm guitar and loves singing and yodelling Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Two of his best known compositions are “Go Ahead and Cry” and “The Immigrants’ Song.”
After years of listening to Peter and Jack play, Cathy finally added the big double bass and chimed in for three-part harmonies. The Downunderdogs have been featured at Wellington Folk Festival, Wellington Bluegrass Society, and Auckland Bluegrass Society, and come to us fresh from this year’s Kiwigrass Festival.
The Downunderdogs will be supported by one of our new Committee members, Karen Munro. Writing songs since a teenager, Karen has been playing round the folk scene in Wellington for a few years. Her songs touch on various genres, from blues to jazz, from trad to country.
Before coming home to Aotearoa, Karen led a wayward youth playing in and sometimes fronting various bands in the UK with a mostly punk, grunge, metal flavour.
A multi instrumentalist, she plays guitar, mandolin and fiddle and accompanies herself on the guitar and occasionally the mandolin. Look out for her first solo album, due to be launched later this year.
Ticket Price: $20 ($15 members) – cash only, no eftpos facilities. Supper provided.