Whangateau Folk Club


WFC Junction staff made it to the last event for the Whangateau Folk Club at the end of November. The beautiful old wooden hall was glowing, and nearly full. Organiser Jenine Abarbanel was very happy about this. An international bluegrass musician herself (she plays double bass and sings with both the Pipi Pickers and Hot Diggity), she's passionate about bringing talented people together for musical mayhem.

The club began in November 2014. This past year it's hosted the likes of Tattletale Saints, a NZ duo now based in Nashville (nominated for a Silver Scroll this year), and the fabulous Lonesome Pine Specials, as well as a multitude of talented locals.

A few months ago renowned musician John Hayday was inspired by the club to return to playing and singing after a 12-year break. He's working with the equally awesome Vaughan Morgan – both on guitar with John singing, they played a spellbinding set for the last club night of the year.

Open-mike performers featured players of mandolin, banjo, ukelele and particularly spectacular harmonica. A couple of talented teens sang as well, to warm and enthusiastic applause.

The philosophy is simple, says Jenine. "I wanted to provide a great environment for locals to enjoy world-class live acoustic music; to provide talented locals with an outlet to perform in front a supportive and appreciative audience, and to offer opportunities for anyone to develop their musical skills."

The Whangateau Folk Club is a classic example of the Matakana Coast’s tight-knit and talented community. Performer or audience, be sure to come along next year and get in on the love.


Next club night: 25 January 2016  |  7pm |  $5 door charge includes snacks | BYO

February 2 – British / Scottish folk on

February 8 – Fiddle Pie's Old Time Country Music and Dance Variety Show