Aussie bluegrass royalty sign on to Kiwigrass

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.

Lonely Heartstring Band to headline Kiwigrass 2019

The best ever Boston bluegrass band are coming back to New Zealand to headline Kiwigrass 2019.

The Lonely Heartstring Band wowed New Zealand last year at the Auckland Folk Festival and their sell out New Zealand tour.

With stage presence and skill left audiences hungry for more, now they are coming back with songs from a brand new album.

Not only that, these approachable, Berklee School of Music graduates will also be leading workshops at Kiwigrass to help local musicians.

Club concert and jam (and 10 minute AGM) Wednesday 8 August 2018, 8pm

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.

Go Western Remarkables! Wed 11 July 2018

Western Swing is one of the slightly dusty genres at the back of the Auckland Bluegrass Club cupboard.

But right now this treasure has been rediscovered, cleaned and polished ready for you to enjoy as The Western Remarkables take the floor in July for an evening of smooth Western Swing.

Yes, yes, The Western Remarkables share a remarkable physical resemblance to The Remarkables, but folks, this is gonna be Western Swing.

The Western Remarkables
Auckland Bluegrass Club

Wednesday 11 July 2018  8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport. (Gate will be opened)
Members $8 non members $10 at the door

Americana feast: The Downunderdogs Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Does the word Americana extend to actual people?

Find out for yourself by coming to the Downunderdogs at the Auckland Bluegrass Club.

If Americana is just the nice bits of the USA, cherry picked, adapted, and absorbed for Kiwi enjoyment, then it surely it applies to these three genuine made-in-America imports originating from Little Dixie Missouri, Detroit Michigan, and Southern California.

Right now, they’re only making the trip from homes in Wellington and Manawatu, but they bring with them a special flair for the rich feast of bluegrass, old-time, country, swing and originals they will serve up.

The tall DUD is Pete Dyer, king of the understated yodel (Jimmy Rogers style, not Von Trapp style), while Cathy Dyer is the rose between two thorns DUD who plucks the bull fiddle, sings, and smiles all at the same time (no mean feat). The trio is completed by gifted flat picker and guitar-workshop DUD, Jack MacKenzie.

Put them together and you have one of those special guest spots so suited to the Bunker.

It’ll be a real Americana experience.

The Downunderdogs
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wednesday 13 June 2018  8 pm
The Bunker, Devonport.
Members $8 non members $10 at the door

Show opens with invitation floor spots – email your interest to .