Whangateau Usage Rules at Level 2+

As of Friday, 29 May, New Zealand Covid19 Alert Level 2 has been loosened to allow groups of up to 100 people. Accordingly, Whangateau Hall rules have been adjusted as follows.

  1. Maximum occupancy of hall grounds (within picket fence) to be limited to 40 people.
  2. Events in the hall and grounds are still limited to 2 hours in duration.
  3. Hirer must complete an attendance register with names and phone numbers for all people present and submit to hall Supervisor (Jenine Abarbanel, jenine@torkington.com, 021 428 568) immediately upon completion of hire.
  4. Hall hirer must see that social distancing of 1m is maintained at all times.
  5. The wearing of masks is encouraged but not required.
  6. In addition to the usual required cleaning, all surfaces and doorknobs are to be sprayed down and wiped with provided disinfectant sprays and cloths. All used towels and wiping cloths to be left in hall foyer in bucket provided.
  7. All other conditions of hire and post-use cleaning requirements for Whangateau Hall remain in place and unchanged.
  8. These guidelines may be updated in response to any new guidelines issued by the New Zealand Government or Auckland Council. For more information: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/.  Additional guidance has been incorporated from https://www.majorevents.govt.nz/resource-bank/covid-19-advice-for-event-organisers/.

For more information about using the hall, contact Jenine at 021 428 568 or jenine@torkington.com

Post-Lockdown Musical Evening!

7pm, Friday, 5 June 2020.

Come out to Whangateau Hall to celebrate the re-opening of New Zealand after the Covid19 Lockdown. The Pipis will play some tunes, and other musicians are welcome to perform a couple numbers as well, there will be a sign-up sheet.

Due to continued Covid19 Alert Level 2 restrictions, this event is limited to 40 people! You MUST REGISTER to attend. Entry is free (donations are accepted at the door), but you must pre-register.  Bring your own supper and beverages for half time, because we aren’t clear on the whole shared-food thing for groups yet. Probably best to play it safe, eh?

You don’t have to wear a mask, but we won’t look at you funny if you choose to do so.

Doors open at 6:45pm.

We will Livestream this evening on the Whangateau Hall and Pipi Picker Facebook pages. So, if you miss out on tickets, or you aren’t ready to go out amongst people yet for whatever reason, you can still partake from the safety and comfort of your own home.

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

Covid19 Alert Level 2 and Whangateau Hall

Whangateau Hall will be re-opened as of Monday, 18 May 2020 under Covid19 Alert Level 2, subject to the guidelines below.

  1. Maximum occupancy of hall grounds (within picket fence) to be limited to 10 people.
  2. Events in the hall and grounds are limited to 2 hours in duration.
  3. Hirer must complete an attendance register with names and phone numbers for all people present and submit to hall Supervisor (Jenine Abarbanel, jenine@torkington.com, 021 428 568) immediately upon completion of hire. 
  4. Hall hirer must see that social distancing of 1m is maintained at all times.
  5. The wearing of masks is encouraged but not required.
  6. In addition to the usual required cleaning, all surfaces and doorknobs are to be sprayed down and wiped with provided disinfectant sprays and cloths. All used towels and wiping cloths to be left in hall foyer in bucket provided. 
  7. All other conditions of hire and post-use cleaning requirements for Whangateau Hall remain in place and unchanged.
  8. These guidelines may be updated in response to any new guidelines issued by the New Zealand Government or Auckland Council. For more information: https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/

For more information about using the hall, contact Jenine at 021 428 568 or jenine@torkington.com

Covid19 and Whangateau Hall

In the light of the current recommendations against public gatherings, and the risk to older members of the community, we will be postponing all concerts at the hall for the time being, unless something changes for the better in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, Enjoy a playlist of over 30 videos from past concerts at the hall:

The Czech Mates

Czech Mates Full Concert

The Czech Mates are a newly formed trio from Prague put together specially to tour NZ in 2020. Featuring Anna Kurkova on vocals, flute and saxophone, Vladimir Hajek on guitar and vocals and Craig Denham (NZ) on Accordion, percussion and vocals.

The band plays a lively mix of Moravian, Slovak, Gypsy Swing, Balkan, Folk, Pop and Original Music from the streets and cafes of Prague.

Anna Kurkova was born in Prague and started playing music at age 6. She studied classical flute at the Jaroslav Ježek conservatory in Prague and went on to continue studying jazz saxophone there. She loves a diverse range of styles and plays in 5 different bands in Prague from Latin and Spanish Rhumba to Gypsy Swing and street music.

Vladmir Hajek is from Znojmo in Moravia. He started learning clarinet as a child but later fell in love with the guitar and went on to study classical guitar at the conservatory. He was music teacher at a number of schools and music schools in Prague but more recently has given up the teaching to pursue performance full time.  He also plays in a diverse mix of line-ups in Prague from Irish Pub duo (with Craig) through to a classical guitar duo and wedding band. He also conducts a womens choir.

Craig Denham is a multi-instrumentalist well known to New Zealand audiences having been a part of the local music scene for many years. He has toured the country extensively and played numerous festivals.  Craig divides his time between Prague and New Zealand and has a number of different musical projects in both places.

Show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets $15 online or at the door.

February Club Night with Moon Moth

Moon Moth at TahoraMonday, 24 February.  7:00 pm.  $15.

Moon Moth In 2017 Moon Moth formed in Yorkshire, England and quickly developed a unique style through their fusion of folk, jazz and pop. With this, their original songs take you on a mystical journey through tales of love, adventure and exploration. Rhythm guitar, punchy sax lines and smooth solos, combined with their stunning vocal harmonies gives Moon Moth shows an air of honesty with a slight theatrical edge, telling personal stories of their experiences from sleeping in caves, to living on hippy communes.

Dan (vocals/guitar) and Jade (lead vocals/sax) have powerful vocals and immense stage presence. This always shines through as they give every performance 100% whether there are 5 or 500 people in their audience.

 

 

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.

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$20 Ticket

 

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)

 

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.