Past events

Workshop Jam – September – Cx due to Covid

We are pickers and we love jamming.  Pickers who subscribe to our email newsletter will find out where and where our next workshop jam will be.  To find out for yourself subscribe.

On 24 August the government announced that Auckland will go to Covid-19 alert level 2 from Monday 31 August but gatherings of more than 10 are not allowed. This will be reviewed on 6th September and we will let you know what is happening then.

Club night Wed August 12 7:30pm – Cancelled due to Covid

This is the time for our local performers to shine, but before we start we’ll have a quick AGM, which is rather informal since we are a just a plain non-nonsense club.

Given time we’ll fit in a jam as well.

Workshop Jam – August

We are pickers and we love jamming.  Pickers who subscribe to our email newsletter will find out where and where our next workshop jam will be.  To find out for yourself subscribe.

The format is simple: we briefly discuss some aspect of music or jamming technique, then jam. We open this discussion because we want to help pickers improve by swapping tips and having a forum where you can ask questions of other pickers.

This is always informal, fun, no pressure, and a great way to improve your picking and to get to know other club pickers.

Bring an instrument and and if you are up for it, some simple bluegrass style songs that we can jam to. 

Bob and Kate

Wed 8 July 2020 7:30pm

Bob Cooper Grundy and Kate Marshall

If you could buy songs in a shop, there would be an old wooden second-hand shop just off state highway 2 in the Wairarapa. Facing the traffic would be a sign written in an curly font. It would read Bob and Kate’s Song Emporium

Those who step inside are richly rewarded with old songs in their original boxes, with others polished to a copper gleam, and still others tastefully restored or updated. Look among the gems and you might find some crafted by Bob and Kate themselves.       

This month at the Auckland Bluegrass Club it will be like Bob and Kate are walking you through their song shop — it will be enchanting, curious, exciting, sometimes dusty, sometimes gleaming, and always absorbing. 

Don’t be the city slicker who can’t bear to lift their expensive shoe off the accelerator.  Stop by Bob and Kate’s Song Emporium at the Bunker Wednesday 8th July.   

Wednesday 8 July 2020 7:30pm
Bob Cooper Grundy and Kate Marshall

The Bunker Devonport
Members $10, non members $12 cash at the door
Floor singers first half.

Workshop Jam – July

We are pickers and we love jamming.  Pickers who subscribe to our email newsletter will find out where and where our next workshop jam will be.  To find out for yourself subscribe.

The format is simple: we briefly discuss some aspect of music or jamming technique, then jam. We open this discussion because we want to help pickers improve by swapping tips and having a forum where you can ask questions of other pickers.

This is always informal, fun, no pressure, and a great way to improve your picking and to get to know other club pickers.

Bring an instrument and and if you are up for it, some simple bluegrass style songs that we can jam to. 

Airing songs in the Greenhouse

Wednesday 10 June 7:30pm

All those bluegrass songs you learned/half-learned/intended-to-learn (delete one) during lockdown?

It’s time to give them an airing in front of your bluegrass friends at the June Auckland Bluegrass cub night concert, which this month will be at the Greenhouse so we have plenty of room for social distancing.
 
This is the plan:

  • The evening will start at 730pm because we want to allow plenty of time for all those pent-up performances – and a jam at the end. 
  • Admission will be free to save having to launder the cash. 
  • It will be strictly acoustic so we don’t breath in microphone goobies. 
  • Each attendee needs to book to make sure you don’t miss out, and to prevent a contact tracing holdup at the door. 
  • If you would like to perform, please send us a reply email, so we can organise the evening ahead of time. 

This is going to break the big bluegrass log jam, so it will be great to see you there, whether you are a performer or just an acoustic music fan. Thinking ahead, on the first Wednesday in July we will start our jam workshop sessions, where we will workshop some aspect of good jamming skills before launching into a jam. To find out more, make sure you subscribe to our email newsletter.

Auckland Bluegrass Club Concert

The Greenhouse 16 Williams Ave Ponsonby
Doors open 7:15 pm for 7:30 pm start
Admission free. No door sales; you must book ahead.
Parking available in adjacent lot.
Special thanks to Benjamin (tall, mandolin) for arranging use of this venue.

Getting creative in lockdown

Paul Trenwith send us this from his friend Mike Donaldson who heard it on Bluegrass Today today. We’d stick it up on our social media timeline but it would disappear after a while and this is one to keep.

Mike Marshall – Mandolin Orchestra, with ‘Lonesome Moonlight Waltz’. 
Sad news acknowledged

It is time to acknowledge two life members that have passed away this year.

The most recent was Alan Lewis. We have not seen Alan at the club for some years due to his deteriorating health which culminated in his passing away last weekend. Alan knew how to get a great solid bluegrass rhythm out of his Martin and he could sing pretty good too. It’s sad that he has gone.

Roger Giles passed away a few weeks ago, and if you are even vaguely aware of folk music in New Zealand, you have probably seen that news elsewhere, and have been told what a contribution he made.

Here, we want to simply record that he made a huge difference to the Auckland Bluegrass Club as well. He was, along with Hilary Condon, instrumental in our use of the Bunker which continues to this day. Until he became sick he was always there. He was famous for his hilarious interjections, but how proud we felt when we finished a song and the injection was a compliment.

Pete Parnham
12 May 2020

Bluegrass is good but it’s not worth getting sick for

Hey, we love our music but we love life even more. Beating this COVID-19 thing is a community effort, and we should play our part.

So there will be no club night in May, here’s hoping that it won’t be too much longer before we can get going again.

It’s a good opportunity to practice those licks you never got around to learning…

Yippie! We’ve got the Pipi Pickers. Wednesday 11 March 2020

“We play banjo-licious bluegrass music,” is the promise the Pipi Pickers make on Google.   But with so much fake news on the internet there is only one way to know for sure –  get your bum on a seat at the Bunker and judge for yourself.

We are pretty sure, that unless you are some sort of bizarre jazz snob on the fringes of society or something, that you will find their claim is justified. 

After all,  the last few years has seen the Pipis grow in kudos and stature, and they now occupy a well-deserved place on the top shelf of the Australasian bluegrass scene.

The Pipi Pickers
The Bunker, Devonport
Wednesday 11 March 2020 8pm
Members $12, non members $15 cash at the door

Floor singers first half