Past Events

Auckland Bluegrass picnic Sunday 11 March 1pm

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Help us welcome Back Porch Bluegrass and Whangateau Folk Club as they gather to help us celebrate the first ever spectacular summer Auckland Bluegrass picnic.  Lots of good things happen when you mix a bunch of like minded musicians together like this. So far as we know, Bill Monroe never visited New Zealand. He had no idea…

What to expect
1:30 pm Back Porch Bluegrass set
2:30 pm Auckland Bluegrass club set
3:30 pm Whangateau Folk Club set
4:30 pm BBQ
5:30 – 6:30 mix and match performance and jam

  • BYO, Tea and coffee and nibbles will be offered during the afternoon.
  • Bring some sausages or what you fancy for the communal BBQ. Salads, bread and condiments provided.
  • Held rain or shine, $10 entry, bring your kids and teens with you for free.
  • If you want to sit out in the sun bring a camping chair or picnic rug.
  • Help us plan the food by booking here (no log-in, password or money needed), if you request vehicle access you will be emailed a confidential gate code two days prior to the event.
  • Single mic style PA will be provided for performers. An upright bass will be there or you can bring your own.

Book here now  (no log-in, password or money needed)
$10 entry, bring your kids and teens with you for free
The Bunker, Sunday, 11 March 2018 1 pm


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Bluegrass Concert - Auckland Folk Festival Sunday 28 Jan 2018 3:30pm

Once again we get to host the bluegrass concert at the Auckland folk festival.

The 2018 line up is:

  1. Clench Mountain Revival
  2. Don Milne
  3. Bluegrass and Beyond
  4. Kate Marshall and Bob Cooper-Grundy)
  5. Pipi Pickers

Sunday 28 January 2018 3:30-5pm
The Mill
Auckland Folk Festival, Kumeu Showgrounds
Free to festival goers

Big bluegrassy jam 14 February 2018

Come to the first of our 2018 big bluegrassy jams. We’ll be putting together a sort of bluegrassy blackboardy concert for the first half then a sort of low key bluegrassy jam for the second half.

We are doing this because we’ve found that these evenings are a lot of fun, where you are a player or a socialiser.

Auckland Bluegrass club jam
Wednesday, 14 February 2018  8 pm
The Bunker, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Members $5 non-members $8 at the door 


The Lonely Heartstring Band Concert Wed 7 Feb 2018


This is top notch bluegrass, honed to a razor sharp edge on the road all over the USA. But that’s not all. Heavens above, they’ve even been hitting Germany, the hotbed of bluegrass, on their way to New Zealand.

Their Auckland Folk Festival appearance is sure to be a great set, but at the Auckland Bluegrass Club it will be a totally different experience. This is no concert where their shoes level with your eyes.  Seeing them at the Bunker is very much like having friends over to your house for an evening, except these friends can really, really pick.

Reserve your tickets at Under the Radar now because this is a small venue – that’s what makes it unique and enchanting.

Doors open at 7:15 for 8pm start for a full, two set concert.

Ensure you get a seat – Reserve tickets now

Check these tracks out:

“This fast-rising young quintet is the most notable bluegrass band to come out of Berklee well, maybe ever.” – George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune.

The Lonely Heartstring Band
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 8 pm 
The Bunker, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Tickets: $25 + $2 Booking fee

Bluegrass Christmas club night Wednesday 13 December 2017

Roll up folks! Come and be seen on the suddenly fashionable bluegrass scene. Be the envy of your friends. Sneak past the paparazzi and take selfies with Auckland’s b-list* celebrities and watch them go viral.

Once you make it inside, be outrageously daring and take the floor to perform a couple of songs in the first half, before you lap up a Christmas supper and cap the evening off with a leisurely bluegrassy-but-not-too-fast jam in the second half.

Or, if performing is not your thing, just come along and soak up the musical atmosphere.

Either way, it will be a fun night not to be missed.

Auckland Bluegrass Christmas club night
Wednesday, 13 December 2017  8 pm
The Bunker, Mt Victoria, Devonport
Members $5 non-members $8 at the door 
*  Bluegrass list
** If you’re wondering what happened to Wires and Wood for December they have been deferred due to circumstances beyond their control.

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