Don’t worry, we’re not hard-core

Wed 14 July 2021 7:30

It’s time to put aside your Rock ‘n Roll ambitions. Chuck those tight leather pants and medallions as far back in the closet as they will go.  You won’t need them anymore after you’ve experienced bluegrass at the Auckland Bluegrass Club. But don’t worry, we’re not hard-core, and the occasional 6th chord will not see you banned from the half-time tea and biscuits. That is because, as well as bluegrass, we indulge in old time music, Western swing, and Americana. 

The club nights like this one are all about the pleasure of lots of different groups of musicians, some actual groups, and some thrown together for the evening. As if that’s not enough, we’ll have a jam at the end.  

The music will kick off about 8pm but if you are a regular (you don’t have to be an official member), come at 7:30pm if you want to have a say at our AGM. We are not an incorporated society, so we promise no ritual tedium. We will hear from Garry Trotman our treasurer, elect a committee, and discuss what we’d like to do in the coming year. Since we are a constituent club of the Auckland Folk Festival so we will also summarise their year, confirm representation, and review issues likely to arise at the festival over the next year.

See you then,

Auckland Bluegrass Club
Quick AGM and club night of floor performers
Wed 14 July 2021 7:30 pm Admission free.
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.

Skiffy Rivets entertain

Wed 9 June 2021 7:30

The Skiffy Rivets: Pete, Holly, Sue

The Skiffy Rivets express is waiting to transport you across the wide open spaces of Americana, along the way stopping at the small towns called Bluegrass, Old-time, and Western Swing.

Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining, the Skiffy Rivets is a trio that has even caused Kiwi men to join in on choruses.

At the Auckland Bluegrass Club there’ll be floor performers before Pete Parnham, Holly Carrington and Sue Tearne show just what can happen when three people sing together all at once.

This is going to be fun, 

The Skiffy Rivets
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 9 June 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10 cash.
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Rd, (corner of Burleigh St), 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.

June Jam

Workshop jam

Our regular workshop jam will be held the first Wednesday of June. This is a safe space to try out your new songs and enlist help for the floor spots the following week, to learn from other players, or just to jam. Suitable for all abilities. To find out where and when subscribe to our email newsletter.

Club Night

Wed 12 May 2021 7:30

Club nights sum up what the Auckland Bluegrass Club is all about. It’s 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. To cap it off there’ll be an all-in jam at the end.

Who needs to watch talent shows on TV? We have real thing right here – without the bitchiness.

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 farewell Aotearoa concert

Saturday 24 April 2021

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.

BB and Alex farewell concert
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Cityside Church, 8 Mt Eden Road
24th April 2021 7:30pm
Reserve tickets at Under the Radar or cash at the door $20.

This is a 2-set concert with no warm up acts.