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.
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.
Colleen Trenwith (1946-2021) Colleen Trenwith nee Bain was a founding member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. Raised in Wellington, Bain moved to Hamilton in 1966. She married Paul Trenwith of Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, and became Colleen Trenwith. Following the split of Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, Trenwith recorded three albums with her husband; Fresh from the Country (1976), Brand New Day (1986) and Sunrise (1993). Three other albums were released as Paul and Colleen Trenwith and Friends, Gospel (1979), Now to the King (1987) and Let the Light Shine Down (1990). Colleen left Hamilton in 2004, and from 2007-2020 was associated with East Tennessee State University, firstly as a student and later as faculty. She returned to New Zealand in 2020 and passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 24, 2021.
From YouTube tribute by ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music
Once a year songs about bells and baby Jesus are admitted to the Auckland Bluegrass club to mingle with all those other songs about broken love and such like.
But we can’t bask in these sentiments by ourselves, so Back Porch Bluegrass club from Hamilton are pitching in, and Whangateau Folk Club are sending a pickin’ delegation.
These visitors really mean something. Back Porch Bluegrass is forever linked with amazing Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, while Pipi Pickers are the heart of the Whangateau Folk Club. Expect some great picking.
Each of the three outfits will take turns to do a set of floor spots, but the real point is to pick and mix the fine musicians and see what comes out.
We locals even promise to let visitors go first at the delicious supper gifted by a generous donor. (Remember last year? Wow.)
Come and get a taste of the finest acoustic music. Our Christmas present to you is free admission, (but bring a few coins for the bonanza raffle which includes Kiwigrass tee shirts and tea towels).
Back Porch Bluegrass, Whangateau Folk Club and Auckland Bluegrass Club Wednesday 9 December 2020 7:30pm Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Road, Auckland. Admission free, BYO venue. Supper provided. Disabled access available.
The Cityside is a comfortable BYO venue ideal for Music opposite the Power Station near the top of Mt Eden Road. Best parking is in side streets or a parking lot on the corner of Mt Eden Rd and Symonds St. Tip: the early birds are sure to get the best couches.