Good Habits from UK

Good Habits in Concert on 13/01/2020

Manchester’s Good Habits tour New Zealand with their Nu-Folk Musical Storytelling in 2020.

Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Fronted by female string instrumentalists, they aim to produce innovative originals and covers, demonstrating the upbeat and diverse capabilities of their instruments whilst blending it into an energised, yet warm sound world of Nu-folk and acoustic, poetic songwriting. 

Sitting comfortably on the boundary between folk and pop, Good Habits take inspiration from The Moulettes’ raw, string energy and combine it with the pop-folk intimacy of First Aid Kit. As the main songwriter, Bonnie Schwarz’ vocal style parallels that of Kate Bush and Feist, living within the sound world instrumentation of cello and accordion.

 

Good Habits from UK

Good Habits in Concert

Manchester’s Good Habits tour New Zealand with their Nu-Folk Musical Storytelling in 2020.

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In January 2020 the indie-folk duo release ‘Child’ – an immersive electro-acoustic blend between instrumental folk and sound design.

Following its release, the duo will be touring New Zealand from January 6th- March 28th 2020. Tour schedule available via their Website

Listen to private pre-release demo of ‘Lullaby from the Rain’ from ‘Child’ – HERE 

Listen to past indie-folk cover ‘All Mine’ – HERE

Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band from Manchester, UK creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects.

The band make their recent venture as a duo, formed of singer-cellist and songwriter Bonnie Schwarz & international Klezmer accordionist, Pete Shaw.

About Good Habits:

Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Fronted by female string instrumentalists, they aim to produce innovative originals and covers, demonstrating the upbeat and diverse capabilities of their instruments whilst blending it into an energised, yet warm sound world of Nu-folk and acoustic, poetic songwriting. 

Sitting comfortably on the boundary between folk and pop, Good Habits take inspiration from The Moulettes’ raw, string energy and combine it with the pop-folk intimacy of First Aid Kit. As the main songwriter, Bonnie Schwarz’ vocal style parallels that of Kate Bush and Feist, living within the sound world instrumentation of cello and accordion.

‘Child’

The biographical piece is about Bonnie’s mother – Zoe, exploring time, distance and motherhood through the musical storytelling of her life journey. 

The set of songs follow together creating a fuller storytelling experience, blending the use of sampled and pre-recorded interview speech and featuring and repurposing Zoe’s music. 

The electro-acoustic blend of live performance with pre-mixed material, focuses on the intimacy of music and how it can tell stories, whilst creating a fuller sound beyond the instruments. 

More about the duo: 

As an award winning composer and sound designer, Bonnie has worked with Manchester and London’s most established theatres, creating new and innovative sonic experiences.

Pete is an experienced performer who bases his style around many different folk influences; from Irish to Klezmer, Pete has performed around Europe and the United States of America. After recently receiving the Yiddish New York Performance Scholarship, he has been training with the world renowned Klezmer musician: Sir Frank London.

Lonely Heartstring Band

Lonely Heartstring Band on 27/01/2020

Lonely Heartstring Band return to New Zealand for one last command performance before they each follow their own musical adventures.

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Maddie Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo) bring together their own musical styles to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts.

Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.

Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and their 2016 release of their debut full-length album, Deep Waters, on Rounder Records, there is every reason to hope that they are at the front edge of a significant career.

Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet.

Lonely Heartstring Band

Lonely Heartstring Band

Lonely Heartstring Band return to New Zealand for one last command performance before they each follow their own musical adventures.

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Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Maddie Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo) bring together their own musical styles to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts.

Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.

Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and their 2016 release of their debut full-length album, Deep Waters, on Rounder Records, there is every reason to hope that they are at the front edge of a significant career.

Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet.

‘BB’ Bowness on RNZ

https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018720473/calling-home-bb-bowness-in-boston

Catherine ‘BB’ Bowness, who will be performing at Whangateau Hall on December 16th, was interviewed on Radio New Zealand this morning. Get a little preview of what we have in store!

Get your tickets for BB & Alex: http://whangateau.co.nz/qsot-event/bb-bowness-and-alex-rubin-in-concert/16_12-2019-730pm/

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 on 14/10/2019

Monday, 14 October, 2019.  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.”