Bluegrass Legend to Play at Whangateau

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What is it that draws musicians from all around the world to Whangateau Hall? Is it the lovely wooden building with perfect acoustics? Is it the beauty of the Whangateau Harbour and surrounding hills? Is it the warm and welcoming community? It’s probably all this and more, but whatever it is, the word is out. Whangateau Hall has become a ‘must have’ stop in the planning of touring musicians and the summer schedule is great evidence of that.

The Whangateau Hall spring music series this year culminates with a full concert by Missy Raines, the seven-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year award and member of The First Ladies of Bluegrass. Missy will be accompanied by George Jackson (a New Zealander now living in Nashville) and Ben Garnett (originally from Arlington, Texas, now living in Nashville). This concert on Wednesday 30 October promises to be the highlight of our year and is superseding our regular monthly club night. Tickets are available on Eventfinda.

The spring schedule starts as strong as it finishes with our September Club Night on Monday 30 September, hosted by and featuring Krissy Jackson and her band. A highly sought after fiddle player, Krissy has at times been a member of seven bands at the same time, all in different genres. Her show will feature a variety of styles feeding from these different experiences. 

On Monday 14 October New Zealand’s own answer to the Punch Brothers feature: ‘You, Me, Everybody.’ Fronted by Laurence Rhodes of RhodeWorks and his brother Sam, this bluegrass supergroup features Nat Torkington (of The Pipi Pickers) on five-string banjo, James Geluk (from Frank Burkitt Band) on bass, and Kim Bonnington (of Kim and Dusty) on guitar and vocals. You, Me, Everybody is already making waves across the country and internationally and has already released an outstanding original single “Wrong Side of the Law”. Check it out on Youtube.

Visit their website for full schedule dates and links to purchase tickets.

Susannah Marshall