Low-key club night Wed 13 April 2022

Thanks to the recent loosening of requirements, we are ready to open up Auckland Bluegrass Club beginning with a low-key club night.

This does not mean every song is sung in C. It simply means it’ll be a night of club performers or a jam depending on numbers, and we won’t have microphones so as to avoid sharing harmony breath. 

We are cautious, so we will still be a vaccine pass venue. Most importantly, if you have symptoms or have had close contact with someone with symptoms please do the decent thing and stay away. 

We can’t wait to hear everybody’s new bluegrass songs and tunes. 

By the way, here is what the Covid19 website says about our type of gathering:

  • Clubs and Churches are examples of allowed gatherings at red. 
  • Up to 200 people inside. (There is always a first time!)
  • At all gatherings, people do not need to physically distance. This means you can move around, and dance.
  • Vaccines passes are not mandatory, but you can use them if you want to (We will).
  • You can serve food and drink at your gathering.  People should not share drinks, cups, plates, cutlery or other items.  Unless your gathering is at a hospitality venue, people do not need to sit down to eat or drink.
  • You do not need to wear a face mask at an outdoor gathering, or at an indoor gathering when your gathering is the only one using the defined space, this means that you do not need to wear a face mask at most weddings, funerals or tangihanga, or faith-based gatherings. (So wear a mask to Bluegrass Club if you like but it is not mandatary).

Low-key club night
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 13 April 2022 7:30 pm Admission $10 at the door.
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Rd, (corner of Burleigh St), Grafton, Auckland 1023

Vaccine pass venue. 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.

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 – or so we thought.

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. Or so we thought.

Then Red came along. So all bets are off until we go orange again. Kiwigrass has gone the same way. None of us want to appear on that dreaded place of interest list.

The plan is that under the orange traffic light we are good to go and we will reboot with a few club nights to get ourselves going again.

Under orange 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.

Auckland Bluegrass Club
Club night of floor performers will return under orange.
Second Wed of the month.
Date TBA
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.