Past events

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.

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.