Club nights are what the Auckland Bluegrass Club is all about. It a night packed full of club performers, bringing bluegrass, Western swing, old timey, and Americana to your ears. This is acoustic music played live by enthusiasts, for your entertainment.
Auckland Bluegrass Club Club night of floor performers Wed 12 May 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10 at the door. Cityside, 8 Mount Eden Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023 BYO venue- take your empties and 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.
BB and Alex are heading back to the United States of Bluegrass, and on Saturday 24 April, the night before they jump on the plane, they are treating us to a farewell Aotearoa concert at the Auckland Bluegrass Club.
They’ve been using their Aotearoa break to work up some new material and we are going to experience exciting, top shelf American style folk and bluegrass music. You’ll recognise the classics and be enchanted with their take on pieces borrowed from other genres.
BB’s band, Mile Twelve, have earned recognition with numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and her talent and hard work earned her the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo contest and the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020.
BB (real name Catherine Bowness) is Kiwi, and after becoming New Zealand School of Music’s first banjo student and graduate, she to America in 2012 to make a career in music. Meanwhile, Alex Rubin grew up learning the guitar in Boston, absorbing his father’s love of traditional American folk and bluegrass music. They will be returning together to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Alex has toured extensively both at home and internationally, including performances in 49 states and a number of countries including Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand.
It’s going to be a great show and you’ll supporting some real talent as they leave to begin the task to re-establishing musical careers put on hold by Covid.
Australian bluegrass royalty Bluegrass Parkway are set to appear at Kiwigrass 2019, putting the event on to the international calendar. This is no hereditary title, it is a hard earned-accolade given after 30 years hard work, making them the longest continuously performing bluegrass band in Australia.
This is a band that plays classic bluegrass with an authenticity and skill that makes Bill Munro smile in his grave.
Like the classic bluegrass band they dress proper, and play around a single on-stage microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre during the 1940s.
They are frequent presenters of harmony workshops, as their skill in this area is beyond compare, and each band member is a skilled harmony singer and teacher. The Band features Paul Duff on mandolin, Maria Duff on bass, Wayne Perry on guitar, Mick O’Neill on banjo and Donal Baylor on fiddle.
Get started practicing a couple of songs for another one of our great club concerts and jam sessions at Auckland Bluegrass Club. It’s gonna be fun, and everybody loves it when you get a friend or two to help you perform, or to just to help you sit back and enjoy the music.
During the evening we will also take our annual AGMoscopy, which is completely painless 10 minute procedure that comes with a free recovery cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. It’s nothing to be frightened of – nobody is voted onto the committee without informed consent. The whole thing is very informal, quick, and you don’t have to be an actual member to participate. You might even offer some suggestions for the coming year.
For this year Al Young wants to give someone else a go at president but is happy to continue as MC when he can, and to keep up the liaison with Devonport Folk Club which holds the lease on the Bunker (thanks Al!). Kerry Challinor is also retiring from the committee after being very helpful during the year.
Committee nominations so far are:
President: Pete Parnham
Treasurer: Garry Trotman
Committee: Conni Ruff, Al Young, Dave Warren, Ben Preston
Further nominations can be taken from the floor.
Club Concert and jam (and AGM)
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wednesday 8 August 2018 8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport. (Gate will be opened)
Members free, non members $5 cash.