Past Events

Remembering Stanley Brothers at Auckland Bluegrass Wednesday 12 April 2017

Stanley BrothersOf course the Stanley Brothers can’t be there in person, but we’ll have a great time without them as we sing of sing along to their music at another of our great club nights on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

** Now back at the bunker

If you can’t manage a Stanley Brother song that’s OK, come along anyway and show us what you can do with something else, ’cause this is a Stanley Brothers theme, not an actual religion.

After all the idea of our Auckland Bluegrass Club nights is to give you an opportunity to practice up and then perform – and there be some bluegrass musicians there to help you with backing if you want. What’s more, some of our best bluegrass evenings have been the club evenings, so it worth coming along even if you aren’t going to perform.

So learn up a Stanley Song now, it’s not that hard – there’s hundreds to choose from.

And after that let’s jam along on three of the Stanley Brothers’ classics:

Man of Constant Sorrow – Key of A

Rank Stranger –  3/4 Key of E

Mountain Dew – Bb (Guitarists – G shapes capo 3)

Download the lyrics here  170412-StanleyBrothers

The Auckland Bluegrass Club is held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Bunker in Devonport

Club nights: members $5, non-members $8 cash at the door.

Bluegrass kick off Wednesday 8 February 2017

bryan-and-peter-200Kick off? Kick up? Whatever, it’ll be the same thing Auckland Bluegrass and Traditional Old Time Country Music Club, this Wednesday 8 February at the bunker.

You can be part of the first club night of the year – that great tradition where we get together and play and listen (some even do both at the same time!). Last year the club nights threw up some great moments, when you couldn’t help but think that ordinary folks like us can make just as good music as the famous guys.

If you’d like to perform give your name to Al Young when you arrive. It’s easier than you might think and there are a bunch of bluegrassers and old country musicians just waiting to help you if you want to flesh your sound and make it all bluegrassey.

To finish up we will have a jam around three standards: Nine Pound Hammer, Blue Night, These Memories. (Chords and lyrics below). You can get right out front and let fly or quietly sing and play along – either way we want you to be part of this.

This year is going to be a mixture of great performers and club nights – next month we have the great Rhodeworks – watch your inbox for details.

Chords and lyrics

9 Pound Hammer

Blue Night

Those Memories

The Auckland Bluegrass Club is held on the second Wednesday of the month at the world famous Bunker in Devonport. Directions Club nights: members $3, non-members $5 cash at the door.

Bluegrass Concert 29 Jan 2017

Pipi Pickers and friends in the Bluegrass Concert, Auckland Folk Festival 2017

Pipi Pickers and friends in the Bluegrass Concert, Auckland Folk Festival 2017

This year saw the continuation of the great tradition of the bluegrass concert at the Auckland folk festival. Hosted by the Auckland Bluegrass club the concert featured the classic and classy right up the line bluegrass of Wires and Wood top begin.

Following that was the lush vocal harmonies of Pete and Skiffy Rivets  with a couple of Pipi Pickers filling in.  Al and Beverly Young followed with a nicely put together duet, before the concert was rounded off in true bluegrass style by the Pipi Pickers and friends.

Beverley and Al Young at the Bluegrass Concert, Auckland Folk Festival 2017

Beverley and Al Young at the Bluegrass Concert, Auckland Folk Festival 2017



Back Porch Bluegrass - 14 December 2016

03_bpbg-2Yippee! The Back Porch Bluegrass crowd are coming to town and bringing some Hamilton-style bluegrass. It is going to be an evening of cracker music – so mark 14 December in your calendar right now.

If you haven’t heard – Back Porch Bluegrass is the growing Hamilton club and radio show created by Paul Trenwith to celebrate bluegrass music in the Waikato. They’re driving up from Hamilton so we’d better make sure we put on a good first half show – before we turn them loose for some fun music. 

What’s more, it’s Christmas. So tie some tinsel to your banjo, don’t forget your Santa hat and we’ll have a few nibbles half time.

Wednesday 14 December 2016 8pm,
The Bunker Devonport
Entry: members $5, non-members $8.

Don’t forget to bring a friend and in the meantime, keep pickin’



RhodeWorkz - 8 March 2017


New Venue: Bldg A13, Fort Takapuna, 130 Vauxhall Rd, Narrow Neck 0624.

The Bunker flunked a safety inspection so we are of to Fort Takapuna.

RhodeWorkz are the family bluegrass band from Te Akatea that have out grown the “amazing kids” label. They deserve your attention, and your attendance at the Auckland Bluegrass Club on Wednesday 8 March at 8pm, for no other reason than they make great entertaining bluegrass music.

Brothers Laurence, Sam, and Nate front the band. They perform with real flair, picking a variety of bluegrass instruments and singing.  Tracy plays a supporting role on bass, and Brucee  joins in on occasional rhythm guitar when all the others have their hands full of other stringed thingies.

Mark your calendar right now because its going to be a great show complete with warm-up performers in the first half.


Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wednesday 8 March 8pm
Bldg A13, Fort Takapuna, 130 Vauxhall Rd, Takapuna.
Members $8, non-members $10 cash at the door.

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