BB Bowness and Alex Rubin in Concert on 16/12/2019

Catherine “Banjo” Bowness (known as “BB” to her friends and admirers) and Alex Rubin, starting at opposite ends of the world, met in the exuberant Boston acoustic music scene in the winter of 2012. In 2014, they started to perform together as a duo. Since then they have performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. BB currently tours with her band “Mile Twelve” who are making waves as one of the tightest young bluegrass bands in the United States and have multiple IBMA award nominations. Alex is a Boston-based guitarist who, after completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, returned to the Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. Alex proudly joined the April Verch Band in March 2016 and has been touring full time since then.

This is BB and Alex’s third visit to Whangateau, and they have always been a real crowd pleaser!

BB Bowness and Alex Rubin in Concert

Catherine “Banjo” Bowness (known as “BB” to her friends and admirers) and Alex Rubin, starting at opposite ends of the world, met in the exuberant Boston acoustic music scene in the winter of 2012. In 2014, they started to perform together as a duo. Since then they have performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. BB currently tours with her band “Mile Twelve” who are making waves as one of the tightest young bluegrass bands in the United States and have multiple IBMA award nominations. Alex is a Boston-based guitarist who, after completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, returned to the Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. Alex proudly joined the April Verch Band in March 2016 and has been touring full time since then.

This is BB and Alex’s third visit to Whangateau, and they have always been a real crowd pleaser!

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You, Me, Everybody in Concert

Monday, 14 October, 2020.  7:30pm.  Tickets: $10.

This brand new progressive bluegrass quintet features Laurence and Sam Rhodes of RhodeWorks, Nat Torkington of The Pipi Pickers, James Geluk of The Frank Burkitt Band and Kim Bonnington.

Announcing You Me Everybody. “We’re about gifting others their moment to shine, a celebration of the virtuosity of the individual and the camaraderie of coming together in a musical moment. Taking our inspiration from a range of musical styles, You, Me, Everybody start at bluegrass, weaving jazz, country and blues to create a dynamic sound that showcases the best of Americana.”

 

You, Me, Everybody in Concert on 14/10/2019

Monday, 14 October, 2020.  7:30pm.  Tickets: $10.

This brand new progressive bluegrass quintet features Laurence and Sam Rhodes of RhodeWorks, Nat Torkington of The Pipi Pickers, James Geluk of The Frank Burkitt Band and Kim Bonnington.

Announcing You Me Everybody. “We’re about gifting others their moment to shine, a celebration of the virtuosity of the individual and the camaraderie of coming together in a musical moment. Taking our inspiration from a range of musical styles, You, Me, Everybody start at bluegrass, weaving jazz, country and blues to create a dynamic sound that showcases the best of Americana.”

 

Club Night with Krissy Jackson and Friends

Your September club night host is Krissy Jackson. Floor singers in the first half, e-mail fiddlernz@gmail.com for your spot.

Tickets are now available: https://whangateau.co.nz/qsot-event/club-night-with-krissy-jackson-and-friends/30_09-2019-700pm/

About Krissy Jackson:

‘An extraordinary musician and heartfelt performer’ – Reb Fountain

Krissy lives, breathes and sings music.  She has been studying violin since she was 2, teaching since she was 12, but her heart lies in performance; it’s on stage that we hear Krissy’s reverent commitment to music come to life.  Immersed in New Zealand’s folk scene and coveted for her musical ear and dedication to her art, Krissy dances with melody and tone; always honouring the music, in all ways making it her own. Touring from Whangarei to Dunedin and everywhere in between Krissy plays blue grass to folk punk, gypsy rock to classical Indian folk.  She has performed with the likes of Reb Fountain, The Frank Burkitt Band, Sargum Fusion, Albi and the Wolves and most recently Aotearoa’s most hard working band The Eastern.  A true troubadour and talent, Krissy Jackson’s music is not to be missed. 

Club Night with Krissy Jackson and Friends on 30/09/2019

Your September club night host is Krissy Jackson. Floor singers in the first half, e-mail fiddlernz@gmail.com for your spot.

About Krissy Jackson:

‘An extraordinary musician and heartfelt performer’ – Reb Fountain

Krissy lives, breathes and sings music.  She has been studying violin since she was 2, teaching since she was 12, but her heart lies in performance; it’s on stage that we hear Krissy’s reverent commitment to music come to life.  Immersed in New Zealand’s folk scene and coveted for her musical ear and dedication to her art, Krissy dances with melody and tone; always honouring the music, in all ways making it her own. Touring from Whangarei to Dunedin and everywhere in between Krissy plays blue grass to folk punk, gypsy rock to classical Indian folk.  She has performed with the likes of Reb Fountain, The Frank Burkitt Band, Sargum Fusion, Albi and the Wolves and most recently Aotearoa’s most hard working band The Eastern.  A true troubadour and talent, Krissy Jackson’s music is not to be missed. 

Tickets for Missy Raines now available

Hailing from West Virginia, Missy Raines was a member of Alison Krauss’ first all-female bluegrass band and has backed greats such as Claire Lynch, Mac Weisman, Kenny Baker, and Peter Rowan. With a smoky and seductive alto, Missy Raines heads up her own innovative and genre-bending trio out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Tickets to Missy Raines Trio at Whangateau Hall are now available through Event Finder. Don’t miss this legendary musician as she tours through our area! Tickets are $23 online, $25 at the door.

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/missy-raines-trio-featuring-george-jackson-and-ben-garnett/auckland/leigh

This spring Whangateau could be called Jackson Hall

We have three outstanding evenings of music coming to Whangateau this spring that have the funniest thing in common: they all feature outstanding musicians named “Jackson.”

On 30 September, fiddle player Krissy Jackson and her husband Peter from New Plymouth will be your hosts for Club night. They will also be your second half special musical guests with Peter accompanying Krissy on keyboard with a diverse set of cross-genre folk music.

On 9 October, The Trio Jackson from Nelson are playing a special show hosted by local Jo Evans. Miles Jackson is a very fine classical and flamenco guitarist and Margarita is a classical trained violinist. For many years they performed as Duo Jackson but now their daughter has joined them after studying violin in Europe. They live in Nelson and teach at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

On 30 October, Missy Raines, 7 time IBMA Bass Player of the Year winner is coming to Whangateau with her Missy Raines Trio, consisting of herself, Ben Garnett of Arlington, Texas on guitar, and New Zealand’s very own George Jackson on fiddle. Missy is one of the First Ladies of Bluegrass, and absolute royalty amongst both women in bluegrass and bass players in general.

And as if that wasn’t enough, October is also host to a non-Jackson centric event with You, Me, Everybody stopping in on their inaugural tour on Monday, October 14th. You, Me, Everybody is a collaboration formed by Laurence (guitar) and Sam (mandolin) Rhodes of RhodeWorks, with Nat Torkington from the Pipi Pickers on banjo, James Geluk of the Frank Burkitt Band on Bass, and Kim Bonnington of Kim and Dusty on guitar and vocals. This band is already making waves across the New Zealand bluegrass scene and getting attention internationally. This is guaranteed to be one of the best shows of the year.

Tickets for all of these shows will go on sale in August.

There will be no club night in October.

Peter Titchener in Concert

Wednesday, 15 May 2019.  7:30pm. $15.

This Australian musician has been seen on stages around the world with people like Colcannon, Maria Forde, Munro O’Callaghan Titchener and Eric Bogle. This is Peter’s first foray into solo performance and promises a well-balanced mix of self-penned, thoughtful and humorous songs mixed with dubious witty banter

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Peter Tichener