It’s a great long-standing tradition that the Auckland Bluegrass Clubs hosts a showcase Bluegrass Concert at the Auckland Folk Festival.
This year featuring some of New Zealand’s best bluegrass bands:
- The Pipi Pickers
- Auckland Bluegrass Club Band
- Wires & Wood
- Hot Diggity
These great bands will be introduced by our spirit-lifting MC Conni Ruff.
Expand your musical horizons at the new Kiwigrass Academy – two days of in-depth tuition and participation leading in to the 2019 Kiwigrass Festival.
This is a unique opportunity to absorb the knowledge and experience of top international players from The Lonely Heartstring band (USA), Australia’s Bluegrass Parkway band, and the extraordinary Kiwi guitarist Mark Mazengarb.
The Kiwigrass Academy is modelled on examples like the RockyGrass Academy, which have proved so successful at the most popular festivals in the United States. For the first time, you can benefit from this level of instruction at a New Zealand festival without shelling out thousands of dollars for airfares.
You don’t have to be an advanced player, everyone will be alongside participants of similar experience. However you will need to have a basic familiarity with your instrument to join the novice stream which will be separate from the other players.
Getting to meet, jam, and perform with other like-minded musicians over two full days will be one of the biggest rewards when you participate in the Kiwigrass Academy.
For more information and tickets see the Kiwigrass Website
Kiwigrass is the New Zealand Bluegrass Festival.
Kiwigrass is being organised by a keen group of bluegrass lovers in New Zealand. Their goal is to raise the profile of bluegrass in New Zealand, promote New Zealand based bluegrass musicians to the world, and bring the joy of the American bluegrass festival experience to New Zealand.
Dates: 1-3 February 2019. Kick off Friday evening, wrap up late Sunday afternoon.
Venue: Narrows Park. Hamilton, New Zealand.
Narrows Park is a great venue with good camping and bunk facilities, with lots of space and rooms for jamming an performances.
Led by the father of bluegrass in New Zealand, Paul Trenwith, the Trenwiths are Paul and his sons playing bluegrass and originals. It going to be a great night once again at the Auckland Bluegrass Club. More details coming soon ….
The Flyin’ A’s bring you Americana with a Texas kick.
Hailing from Austin, Texas this husband and wife duo let their Texas roots shine through in their music.
Famous for their top notch songwriting, breathtaking harmonies, and exceptional live performance, their latest album You Drive Me Crazy was selected to be on the 2017 first round Grammy Ballot and has taken them on tour around the US, UK, EU and now New Zealand.
From Stuart Adamson’s outstanding lead guitar work and gritty vocals to Hilary Claire Adamson’s powerhouse vocal gymnastics and lilting harmonies, it is no wonder this duo is quickly gaining momentum both at home and abroad. They combine the best of Texas country, southern blues, folk and gospel to create an original sound that is all their own.
It all began after the pair met in 2003 at the Kerrville Folk Festival, and Stuart enlisted Hilary to serve as a backup singer for his own band. But as her vocal prowess sharpened and grew, she found herself being pressed more and more towards center stage until a true collaboration emerged. The pair married in 2005, and the following year the Flyin’ A’s released their first album, Blacktop, Back Roads.
Since then the duo has toured in Texas, across the U.S. and internationally, racking up some impressive endorsements en route. “A musical duo that is so hot right now, you’ll wanna cool your jets…land and take a listen to The Flyin’ A’s”( Jason Wheeler, CBS News).