5-7 Feb 2021 @ Karapiro
All the early indications are that this is promising to be a great festival, with this year the focus will be Kiwi-grass. Head over to the Kiwigrass website for more information and a list of the guest artists which this year include old time and bluegrass adjacent genres.
Kiwigrass tickets are the ideal Christmas present. Tell your family now before they get you a rice cooker.
Camp Kiwigrass on the Wednesday and Thursday before the main festival will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself among pickers who will help you expand your musical horizons.
Expect impromptu sharing of knowledge, lots of jam sessions, a band scramble competition with fabulous prizes, and many opportunities to perform.
Wed 10 February 2021 7:30 pm
Where will the Rhodes brothers supersonic picking go next? The answer will be right in front of us, as they unite with some of New Zealand’s top musical talent and You, Me, Everybody (YME) embark on their Southern Sky album tour.
The album will be released on 29 January (Auckland Folk Festival) and is a Tui Finalist, and we are the first date on the tour schedule straight after Kiwigrass.
Ron Barber of The Hook, calls this a virtuoso ensemble, and it is an apt label, as Nat Torkington’s banjo licks sync perfectly with the extraordinary mandolin and guitar of Sam and Laurence Frangos-Rhodes. Meanwhile, James Geluk underpins the sound with spider-like fingers and bass technique that occupies its own higher plane.
On top of all that, Kim Bonnington says she comes to the band with a heart of pure country, and her vocal flair provides a contrast, warmth and harmony that completes the unique line-up.
Don’t miss their Auckland two-set concert at the Auckland Bluegrass Club.
You, Me, Everybody (YME) Southern Sky album tour
Two-set concert: 10 February 2021 7:30 pm
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Tickets at Under the Radar $20+BF
Venue is BYO – take your debris. Best parking is Burleigh St, or pay and display at the corner of Mt Eden Road and New North Road. Disabled access available, please advise.
Cityside, Wed 10 March 2021 7:30 pm
Live the dream and pull out your best bluegrass, old timey, Western swing or Americana.
Cityside is a great venue for this kind of event, and you’ll find that those in the know get there early to get the couches.
Given time, we’ll fit in a jam at the end.
It will be an entertaining, friendly musical evening.
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Club night of floor performers
Wed 10 March 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10.
Cityside, 8 Mount Eden Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023