Author Archives: Jenine Abarbanel

Boxing Day Party!

Relax and recover from the excesses of Christmas Day with your neighbours. Bring along a “white elephant” gift to exchange, and leftovers from those huge Christmas meals to share as a potluck dinner. Musicians are encouraged to bring along an instrument and play a few numbers on stage for the gathered crowd. Piano players are also invited to “tinkle the ivories” on our 100 year old upright and play a song of their choice. A spontaneous Christmas Carol group sing-along is not out of the question. Everyone in the area on the day, whether local or just visiting, is welcome to join in.

Tickets to our first events of 2019

Tickets are now available for our shows in January, February and March!  Buy online with no card or service fees!

16 January 2019, Wednesday. Rhode Works in Concert. Prodigy bluegrass band from the Waikato, the Rhodes boys have only become more stunningly talented than they were a year ago! 7:30pm. $10. Buy Tickets

28 January 2019, Monday.  Lonely Heart String Band!  Back from the USA!  Note that we will not have a regular club night this month to make room for this outstanding band. 7:00pm, $25. Buy Tickets!

6 February 2019, Wednesday. Nine Mile Creek. Australian Bluegrass Band over for the Kiwigrass festival, making a stop up at the hall before returning home. If you like the Pipis, you’ll love Nine Mile Creek. $15. 7:30pm. Buy Tickets!

25 February 2019, Folk Club Night.  Dennis Duigan & Ramblin’ Ash.  Old Timey duo from Australia. Regular club night.  E-mail for a first half floor spot. $15. 7:30pm. Buy Tickets!

6 March 2019The Frank Burkitt Band in concert. Folk music and more from Wellington. $15. BUY TICKETS.

Tickets for Alpaca Social Club, Sonoran Dogs, Tattletale Saints

Handy dandy links to book for our last three shows of the year:

Alpaca Social Club, Wednesday, November 14th.


Sonoran Dogs, Monday, November 26th.


Tattletale Saints, Sunday, December 2nd.




Pete Denahy coming to Whangateau!

Multiple Golden Guitar winner and music festival favourite Pete Denahy is coming to New Zealand for the very first time, and his first ever show on our shores will be on Thursday, September 20th, at our hall. Pete is

perhaps best known as the person responsible for “Sort of Dunno Nothin'” the song about teenage disinterest that

went vir

al on Youtube. He is an accomplished & highly-regarded fiddle player, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His off-the-wall, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants comedy adds another, truly hilarious dimension to his shows.

Tickets are now available online. Don’t miss out on what is going to be a brilliant show!

Tickets available from Eventfinda.

August Club Night – Pete and the Skiffy Rivets

Monday, 27 August, 2018.   Pete and the Skiffy Rivets

Triple layer vocals and several stringy thingies are vigorously put to use by Pete and the Skiffy Rivets as they weave musical tales borrowed from bluegrass, folk, old timey, swing, and wherever. They are amusing and serious, happy and sad, tales of trains, radios, chains, white horses, elbow room, altitude, flowers, paintbrushes, daughters, lovers, bosses, memories, thunder storms, neon signs, too much gravy, too much coffee, dreams of wide open spaces and hearts we never won. The group is assembled from Holly Carrington, Sue Tearne and Pete Parnham on vocals, with Pete and Steve Gerrish animating the stringy thingies. All sung, plucked and strummed purely for your listening pleasure. Check out and the Elbow Room CD.

Standard folk club evening.  Doors open at 6:45pm.  E-mail for a floor spot.  $10.00

July Folk Club Night

Songwriter Niels Gedge is our guest musician for July, as the Wairarapa songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Niels Gedge brings his finely crafted acoustic songs our way.
Niels is a seasoned entertainer having performed throughout New Zealand in pubs, craft breweries, cafes, acoustic music and folk clubs, cultural centres, art galleries and at festivals. He has also performed in the UK, Fiji, and France. His own songs home in on life and love and the things that matter. He also covers great songs that everyone will recognise and enjoy.

Niels’ CD’s Maui’s Whale and Southern Land, will be available on the night. Radio NZ reviewer Nick Bollinger describes Niels’ second CD, Maui’s Whale, this way: “It’s a CD full of beautiful playing and personal yet universal songs that draw on timeless traditions of gospel, folk music and blues”. He draws on country and soul music too.

Several of Niels’ songs are up on Youtube, and many are located in our own Aotearoa/New Zealand. You can see the mountain, hear the waterfall and watch the haymaking in the words he chooses. Like Leonard Cohen or Paul Simon, he writes from the standpoint of a poet, making every word count. Website:

Doors open 6:45pm.  Email to sign up for a first half floor spot.  $10.


June Folk Club Night with Diane Ponzio

Who doesn’t love a Martin Guitar?

Diane Ponzio has been a Martin Guitar ambassador, performing and doing clinics and writing songs on her Martin since the 1980s. She travels the world spreading her music and love of Martin Guitars. In June she’s coming to perform songs from her deep back catalog and latest release “On the Inside.”

June club night is Monday the 25th.  Door is $10, floor singers first half, doors open at 6:45.  E-mail me to request a floor spot.