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July Club Night with Dirt Road Orchestra


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!

July 25
7pm. Floor singers in the first half, please come early to put your name down for a floor spot.

Video from April Club Night

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.

Daniel Champagne Tickets and New Celtic Session in Puhoi


Pre-sale tickets for Daniel Champagne are finally live. Woopee! It’s going to be a great show!


In the mailbag


A message from Alan Wagstaff in Puhoi:

Greetings Singers, Dancers, and Musicians! I’m starting a folk/Celtic ‘session’ in Puhoi to be held in the Puhoi Sports Club rooms, which are in the centre of Puhoi Village. The dates we have booked so far are all Thursdays: 31st March, 7th April, 21st April, 5th May, 19th May, 2nd June. The session will run from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. This is a ‘session’ – not a performance evening. We have about 20 musicians interested at this point and if you play the spoons, the bodhran, the linoleum, banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, the whistle, bass – or anything else for that matter – or you just like to sing this kind of stuff, you’re invited to join in. We expect about a 2 to 1 ratio of tunes to songs. There’s a $2 charge to cover room hire and to pay the bar staff. We’ve got a Dropbox set of about 30 music charts and sounds files (PDFs and aiffs) to get us going. Anyone who wants to join us will be given access to the Dropbox. From there you can print the music and/or listen to the sound files (aiffs). So, if you want to join us for a roistering, rollickin evening of music making please send me an email: Alan Wagstaff or call +64 (0)274 836 023.

Upcoming events: please help get the word out!

Every month I struggle to adequately advertise the wonderful music we have on at the hall, and it’s just a shame. I am sure more people really would have loved to see the concerts we’ve had on recently, if only they knew about them. I’ve made up what I think is a very nice poster covering the next couple of months. Quite pleased with how it turned out, really. I printed out a few and left one at the library and iSite in Warkworth, and a couple other places, but I just don’t have time to get them to everyone everywhere, or the budget to cover the printing? Can you help? If everyone who reads this printed out one copy and put it up at work, or their gym, or pretty much anywhere, that would be really helpful. You’d be helping to keep ticket prices for shows down, because we don’t have a budget for printing or advertising, and we like all the ticket money to go to the amazing artists who come perform for us, and to the Whangateau Hall Committee to help maintain our beautiful hall.


2016 2nd qtr Poster

Rhythm and Drumming workshop in Wellsford

the local vocals choir inc.
is delighted to present

Sunday 20th March 2 – 4.30pm

Drumming, rhythm & singing workshop with Jaqui

“Everything vibrates and has rhythm. The very first sound we all heard was the constant rhythm of our mother’s heart beat. Connecting with rhythm in the form of drumming will quickly reduce stress, free the mind of its chatter, energize the body and create unity within groups.” – Jaqui

Wellsford District Community Centre
LVC financial members $20, others $30
further details & registration contact:, or ph. Anna 4237740

drumming w-s low res

Upcoming Club night guests

Unless otherwise noted, club nights are on the last Monday of the month, 7pm start sharp, $5.

Phenomenal kick-off to the start of the year!

What a string of amazing music we’ve had at the hall! Rachel Dawick played the guest spot for our first folk club night of the year. She last played at the hall for the launch of her Boundary Riders project, which has since gone on to being adapted as a musical theatre piece in Scotland. Rachel played a delightful solo set, including tales of her many travels and adventures and songs from her numerous musical projects.

Rachel Dawick

On the 2nd of February we had Kirsty Bromley, Gillian Boucher and Bob McNeill. Kirsty is a UK folk singer who has been touring NZ and Australia since October, to great acclaim. She performed a solo a cappella set of traditional and original songs. In the second half, noted fiddler Gillian Boucher and Tui Award winner Bob McNeill played a lively set of traditional celtic fiddle tunes and original songs written by Bob.

Gillian and Bob

On Waitangi day we had a very special treat when Fiddle Pie brought their old time country music dance and variety show to the hall. It was an evening of the most infectious and exciting music. The show started with a lovely piano recital from band member Hannah. The six members of Fiddle Pie are very talented multi-instrumentalists and singers, and they swapped instruments between nearly every song. Band member “T” is a professional square dance calling and had most of the audience up and dancing. He also lead us in a waltz and Texas two-step. It was an all-around fun evening! We very much hope they’ll come back again next year!

Fiddle Pie 02

FiddlePie 01

Next folk club is Monday, February 29th, doors open at 6:30pm, floor singers start at 7pm sharp. Special guest is Keith Levy.

Six Figure Farming Workshop at the Hall

Curtis Stone

Also on at the Hall on February 22nd, a workshop on Urban Farming with “rock star market gardeners” Curtis Stone.

Curtis is an Urban Micro-Gardener, farmer and founder of Green City Acres in Canada. He will discuss profitable, small-plot urban farming with Curtis Stone.

Specialising in multiple site farming (backyards, front yards, spare lots) within the one enterprise, the Green City Acres model proves that urban farming CAN create a profitable livelihood, if the enterprise is designed well.

You can get more information on registering for the workshop at