All the way from the US of A come Hungrytown, an acoustic duo who play songs of deep Appalachia, and originals in that old-timey style.
After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.
Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).
Rebecca & Ken play a delicious blend of acoustic based folk music with harmonies to die for. Often delicate, often reflective their music comes from the heart and the soul. Their latest album Further West is an album of journeys, journeys of the heart as well as the miles.
Hungrytown will be playing at Whangateau Hall as special guests at our March 27th club night. $15 on the door. Show starts at 7pm.
Our originally scheduled guests for January, Pat Smith and Ned Clamp, are unable to travel from the UK to NZ due to health issues, so we have had to make some changes to the calendar.
Frank Burkitt Band
Instead, the fabulous Frank Burkitt Band will be coming straight from their guest appearance at the Auckland Folk Festival to play at Whangateau. Frank Burkitt is well known for entertaining story-telling, tightly arranged songs and delicious harmony and a set list that contains blues, country, bluegrass, swing and some Scottish folk. It is good old fashioned original song-writing backed up by a band that understands perfectly how to add infectious rhythm and groove (Geluk’s bass), varied and skilled solo breaks (Burnell and Jackson on mandolin and fiddle) and endorphin-exploding harmonies (Filbey on backing vocals). $15.
In honour of the fact that our next concert guests, No Bones About It, were our first ever club night guests, we have decided to switch their full concert to a club night concert with floor spots in the first half. So get out the guitar and come out for this special mid-month musical opportunity!
And thanks to Frances Dickinson, who his compiling the “rules of folk club.” First rule is, “everyone come to folk club.” The second rule so far is, “Everyone sing along!” Do you have any “rules” for folk club? Ah, I have one, “never stack a hook-side chair on a smooth side chair!” That one just isn’t as fun as Frances’ rules, is it?
In October, Janette Thompson of Local Matters came to folk club with her camera and put together a little feature video about our club. I think it sums it up pretty well! Have a look and see if you can spot yourself!
This month, our club night guest is the Dirt Road Orchestra from Puhoi. These funky fellows have been delighting listeners at our club nights for a while now, with their bluesy, folky, rocky fun. Everyone who has seen them is very much looking forward to hearing an entire set from them, be sure you don’t miss it!
7pm. Floor singers in the first half, please come early to put your name down for a floor spot.
Whangateau Residents and Ratepayers invite you and your family to our Annual Mid Winter Pot Luck Dinner on this Friday June 24th at 6.30pm. Held at the Whangateau Hall, this is a BYO event so bring something to share with your community
RSVP by e-mail or text to email@example.com, 021 659 799 with your numbers attending.
We received an e-mail from NZ folk power duo Brenda Liddiard and Mark Laurent saying they’re doing a mini tour in June, coinciding exactly with our club night. John Hayday and Vaughan Morgan have generously offered them their guest spot for the night. John and Vaughan will now be playing the August club spot.
April club night was held on Anzac Day. Many of our floor singers presented Anzac Day themed songs, and none so beautifully as John Hayday and Vaughan Morgan with “Remembrance Day.” Many thanks to John and Vaughan for being part of our club and sharing their lovely music with us.