Past events

The famouser and famouser Hot Diggity – Postponed

Wed 10 Nov 2021 7:30


Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 10 Nov 2021 7:30 pm Admission probably $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.

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.

Bangers n’ Mash – Postponed

Wed 8 Sept 2021 7:30 – Postponed

Sam Frangos-Rhodes, mandolin and fiddle. Lawrence Frangos-Rhodes, guitar. Jenine Abarbanel, bass. Nathan Torkington, banjo.

This is going to be special – at least when we reschedule it will be. Thanks a lot Covid.


Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 8 Sept 2021 7:30 pm Admission probably $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.

Double bill of strings and jam

Wed 11 August 2021 7:30

Strings Attached: Garry. Peter, David, Henry, Susan.

Strings Attached

This is the chance you’ve been waiting for. For once you’ll see Strings Attached for a full set. Strings Attached is Henry Plant, on flat pick guitar and haunting vocals, Peter Neumegen on sweet sounding guitar, David Wood on understated mandolin, Susan Nihotte on striking fiddle, and Garry Trotman underpinning the whole thing on solid bass.

The highlight is the melding of the two guitars, and with the addition of mandolin and bass this is going to be worth the wait.

The Jam Tarts: Helen, Conni, Bill.

Warming up with the Jam Tarts

After a floor singer or two, the Jam Tarts will play a warm up set to close the first half. They often play a floor spot, but with the work they put in they’ve earned a longer spot. With the irrepressible and new life member Conni Ruff on guitar and vocals, Bill Morrison on mandolin and authentic vocals, and Helen Adams tastefully embellishing with fiddle, this will be a lot of fun. Oh, and custard square Pete Parnham will help the Jam Tarts out on bass.

Double bill: Strings Attached and Jam Tarts
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Wed 11 August 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.

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.

Spellbinding trio: Shindig

Wed 14 April 2021 7:30 pm

Shindig gave a spellbinding performance on the main stage at Kiwigrass 2021

Shindig present stonking new takes on old-time folk, blues and country tunes from the American tradition. Inspired by the unvarnished sound of early folk heroes they are not afraid to whoop and holler. They’ll also bury any remaining prejudices about dungarees and unsightly nose hair as they move this music into the 21st century where we can enjoy the energy and musicianship.

The locomotive claw hammer banjo and vocals of David Ward (Wheel Of Experience) provides a handy launching pad for the rocket propelled fiddle of Dave Khan (Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain). Eamon Edmundson-Wells (Ruckus) on bass underpins the whole thing with a rhythmic groove that would have been the envy of any band on an Appalachian Saturday night.

Forget what you thought you knew about claw hammer, this is top stuff from professional musicians. You are in for a unique and strangely mesmerising experience.

Shindig Trio
Wed 14 April 2021 7:30 pm
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Road, Auckland

Door sales $15 cash

Floor performers 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.