Dig through the closet, search under the bed. Find that bluegrass instruction manual, the one you haven’t seen for years.
When you find it, turn to the chapter called Giving It A Go. That’s the chapter about getting off your chuff and coming along to your local Bluegrass Club and singin’, playin’ and jammin’.
Because this Wednesday 11 October is your big opportunity to get up and perform at the friendly Auckland Bluegrass club night.
Get yourself along, put your name down with the bluegrassy looking president Al Young, and don’t be shy about asking other musicians to help you out.
Go it alone, or create an instant band, either way get into some bluegrass.
Of course you might be the quiet type who’d rather not actually stand up and perform. Luckily, there is room for you too, in our jam session – your chance to jam along like an introvert or like an extrovert, according to your fancy. The songs can be found here.
If you can’t handle performing, and you honestly don’t feel like jamming, well you won’t need that Bluegrass instruction manual, just come along and enjoy the fun.
Wednesday 11 October 2017 8pm
The Bunker in Devonport
Club nights: members $5, non-members $8 cash at the door.
Bring your instruments
Let’s hit the highway and head down to that dusty town called Bluegrass.
Leading the trip will be the talented vocalist and guitarist John Olding, while lightning-fingers Colin Spier will add excitement with his bluegrass banjo and flat-picking guitar.
They won’t be the only one in the truck. Cameron Bennett and Steve Gerrish will be filling the gas tank with high octane dobro, vocals, and mandolin, while Pete Parnham spins the driveshaft with his solid bass.
There’ll be smiling faces and a lot of foot tapping on this trip, so for goodness sake don’t miss it.
If you want to perform in the first half, get there early and talk to el presidente/MC, the one and only Al Young.
Bluegrass and Beyond
Auckland Bluegrass Club
WeEdnesday 8 November 2017 8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport
Members $8 non members $10 at the door
It’s been a while, but they’re back down from the hills and all fired-up to play on the mountain again.
Guest band at this month’s Auckland Bluegrass Club meeting on September 13 is Clench Mountain Revival, with a great mix of bluegrass and old-timey. The band’s members are all club members – Beverley Young is the main singer and plays guitar, Bryan Christianson plays banjo and sings, Garry Trotman plays bass and sings, and Al Young plays guitar, dobro and autoharp and sings a little bit.
It’ll be a great night, and if you don’t come you’ll be really disappointed later when you hear how good it was.
Avoid disappointment. Be at the Bunker on Mt Victoria at Wednesday, 13 September 2017 8pm.
But wait, there’s more! The first half will feature more fine music from other club performers. If you want to be one of them, get there before 8pm and talk to the compere, Al Young.
If you’re a member, it’ll be just $8. If you’re not, it’ll be $10 but then, you can join on the spot and claim your discount.
There’ll be no mooning out the back window of the bus on this interclub excursion. We are far too grown up for that, and besides, we’ll be car pooling.
We – the Auckland Bluegrass Club – are heading down to have some fun with Back Porch Bluegrass, the group who keep bluegrass alive and kicking in the Waikato, thanks to Mr Bluegrass himself, Paul Trenwith.
It will be a fun afternoon and too good to miss. This is what the music is all about – gathering, picking and making new friends.
If you haven’t driven down that way lately, the roads have gotten better, it’s a four lane black-top almost all the way, and is only 82 miles from downtown Auckland. It’ll take the Chevy about 1 3/4 hours and 25 gallons of gas.
So get your bluegrass friends and head on down.
Silverdale Normal School Common Room,
62 Silverdale Rd, Silverdale, Hamilton 3216
27 August 2.30pm – 5:30pm
Blow the dust of those old bluegrass hits and have some fun on our 9 August club night. You can choose to simply hum along and watch the fun, or go for that special rush that only comes from getting up and performing. There’ll be lots of people there to help you out musically if you like.
What’s more, if you come to this special club night you’ll get into the Auckland Bluegrass Club AGM absolutely free!
This will be the only all-in-one package deal like this for 2017 so don’t miss out.
At the Auckland Bluegrass Club we don’t stand on ceremony so the bonus AGM will only take a few minutes of bonhomie and banter. You’ll hear from Gary how much we dosh we have stacked away in the Cayman Islands, and you can have a lot of fun nominating your friends for the committee.
Auckland Bluegrass Club night and free AGM
Wednesday 9 August 2017 8pm
The Bunker Devonport
Members $3, non-members $5 cash.