Kiwigrass 2022

Friday 11 Feb – Sunday 13 Feb 2022
Paeroa Racecourse.

This year the Kiwigrass Festival will be more of an informal picker’s festival with lots of real bands, random bands, and opportunities to perform and jam.

This means it will be an extra special weekend, with less stress and more fun.

It will be a camping festival, but there are also lots of places outside the racecourse to stay in Paeroa. More info is coming soon.

Club night reboot: Wed February 9 2022

Oh dear, it’s been hard to learn any new songs during lockdowns and traffic lights. Without a looming public performance somehow the dust settles on the instruments and the song book conceals itself under the pile of Jack Reacher books, which itself is under the breakfast plate with the crusts on it.

But now it is time to straighten up and fly right. No more wallowing in Covid self pity. At last we can get those fingers and vocal chords limbered up again ready for the first Auckland Bluegrass Club night of the year.

Under the orange traffic light we are good to go, but you will need to bring your vaccine pass, and scan or sign in. Social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged, and much like cafes, workers (paid and non-paid) at gatherings, excluding performers, must wear masks.

Hand washing and sensible hygiene is just as important as it always was so don’t lick your finger and stick it in the sugar no matter how hungry you are. If you took a plain biscuit then you see the chocolate biscuits – too late, you must eat it.

Club nights are a lot of fun, and if you don’t have a band, don’t worry, there’ll be lots of musicians on hand to help, which makes it a lot of fun. If we have time there’ll be a no-pressure jam at the end.

What’s more, it is just before the Kiwigrass Festival that weekend so you need the practice.

Auckland Bluegrass Club
Club night of floor performers
Wed 9 February 2022 7:30 pm Admission $10
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.

Christmas bash – oh well, can’t be helped.

8 December 2021 7:30

Its getting to be something of a tradition – having a Christmas bash with Back Porch Bluegrass from Hamilton and Whangateau Folk Club from Leigh.

A guaranteed good time. But can we hold it? Nah, or at least, under the red traffic light conditions, we’d be keeping our distances, sitting up rigid backed in our seats, and making sure we don’t breathe on each others’ cups of tea at half time. It just wouldn’t be the same, so we’d rather not.

You’ll know by now that the 2022 Auckland Folk Festival is off for much the same reasons.

Let’s be hopeful that next year will be better.

Al and Beverly Young – Postponed

Wed 13 Oct 2021 7:30

Al and Beverly Young were made for each other. Al is a veritable encyclopaedia of musical history in our genres, but he is no theoretician, he plays and sings just like the originals, sometimes with guitar, sometimes with resonator guitar, and sometimes with autoharp. Add Beverly’s beautiful voice and put her out her out front on songs and you have a combination well worth devoting an evening to.


Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 8 Sept 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10 at the door.
Cityside, 8 Mount Eden Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023

Floor spots first half.
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.