Rachel Baiman and George Jackson in Concert

Monday, 16 December 2019, 7:30pm. $15.

Rachel Baiman and George Jackson

Rachel Baiman and George Jackson

George Jackson & Rachel Baiman are a multi-instrumentalist old time and Americana duo from Nashville, Tennessee.

George and Rachel have both appeared at Whangateau before, George as a member of The Company and Missy Raines Trio, and Rachel as half of the Ten String Symphony.

Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 album Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and was nominated for Americana Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. She is a winner of the 2018 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. Joining Rachel is New Zealand native George Jackson, who was born to musician parents in Christchurch. Jackson has a degree in Jazz from Queensland Conservatorium of music, and spent years on the Australian Festival Circuit with bands “The Company”, and “One Up, Two Down”. An avid student of American fiddle styles, Jackson eventually made his way to Nashville, TN where he now lives and works with various bands.

Enjoy this beautiful, haunting video from Rachel and George as a little preview of what to expect at their show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bg7clI6iCU

Rachel and George are appearing in place of BB & Alex who are unable to tour at this time.

If you have tickets to BB&Alex, they will be honoured for this show. Or you can request a refund.

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AJ Lee and Blue Summit

AJ Lee and Blue Summit in Concert

The parade of world class international talent through Whangateau continues with AJ Lee and Blue Summit.

AJ Lee and Blue Summit, a bluegrass band led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since their first appearance in Santa Cruz. Drawing from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock, their undeniable talent and insatiable passion for bluegrass harks back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. They’ve accrued many devout followers and distinctions including the Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year for AJ Lee, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition for Sully Tuttle, and numerous awards in Northern California. In 2019, AJ Lee and Blue Summit came out with their debut album, “Like I Used To,” which consists entirely of AJ’s original songs. Equipped with these new songs and their archive of nostalgic tunes, they’ll continue playing to both familiar and new audiences, endearing themselves to the country and the world.

“AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That’s not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today. The band are great torch bearers of the music that helped build America. ”

-Eric Oblander – Musician, Producer of Rise Up on BCAN (Buckeye Community Arts network)

 

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AJ Lee and Blue Summit

AJ Lee and Blue Summit in Concert on 04/02/2020

The parade of world class international talent through Whangateau continues with AJ Lee and Blue Summit.

AJ Lee and Blue Summit, a bluegrass band led by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist, AJ Lee, has been the darling of the North Bay, California bluegrass scene since their first appearance in Santa Cruz. Drawing from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock, their undeniable talent and insatiable passion for bluegrass harks back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. They’ve accrued many devout followers and distinctions including the Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year for AJ Lee, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition for Sully Tuttle, and numerous awards in Northern California. In 2019, AJ Lee and Blue Summit came out with their debut album, “Like I Used To,” which consists entirely of AJ’s original songs. Equipped with these new songs and their archive of nostalgic tunes, they’ll continue playing to both familiar and new audiences, endearing themselves to the country and the world.

“AJ Lee & Blue Summit are pure, beautiful American music. Soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country, bluegrass and folk music of the past all add up to a band who are masters of the genre. That’s not to say that AJ Lee & Blue Summit are antiquated in anyway. While the band tips a hat to the American masters of the past, their sound is modern and thoroughly of today. The band are great torch bearers of the music that helped build America. ”

-Eric Oblander – Musician, Producer of Rise Up on BCAN (Buckeye Community Arts network)

Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard

November Club Night

Monday, 25 November, 7:00pm, $10.

Second half guests: Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard.

For three decades Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard have been playing music together, part of that secret army of ‘indie’ musicians who fly just below the commercial radar, playing grass-roots, mostly un-plugged music throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Floor singers first half. Floor spots are two songs for a maximum total length of 8 minutes. All welcome, regardless of experience or ability.

Email Jenine to request a floor spot.

 

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 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

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.

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.

Rachel Baiman and George Jackson

Rachel Baiman and George Jackson in Concert on 16/12/2019

George Jackson & Rachel Baiman are a multi-instrumentalist old time and Americana duo from Nashville, TN.

George and Rachel have both appeared at Whangateau before, George as a member of The Company and Missy Raines Trio, and Rachel as half of the Ten String Symphony. I think you’re going to really enjoy this show.

Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 album Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and was nominated for Americana Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. She is a winner of the 2018 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. Joining Rachel is New Zealand native George Jackson, who was born to musician parents in Christchurch. Jackson has a degree in Jazz from Queensland Conservatorium of music, and spent years on the Australian Festival Circuit with bands “The Company”, and “One Up, Two Down”. An avid student of American fiddle styles, Jackson eventually made his way to Nashville, TN where he now lives and works with various bands.

Enjoy this beautiful, haunting video from Rachel and George as a little preview of what to expect at their show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bg7clI6iCU