Author Archives: Jenine Abarbanel

May Club Night

Another month has come and gone, as hard as that is to believe. Tonight (Monday, 31 May) is our monthly club night! This month local legend John Green is taking the stage as our guest artist. He will also be joined by his son for part of his set!

John Green

This being a club night, we will have a first half of floor singers. Come early to claim your place amongst our other talented locals!

Doors open at 6:45 for a 7:00pm show. $10 at the door. See you there!

Club Night Monday, 29 March with Looking for Alaska!

Oh boy!  It’s Club Night Time!

Does it feel like it’s been forever since we had a club night?  It kind of does to me.  I hope you’re as excited as I am!  We’ve got a good line-up of floor singers started, but there’s plenty of room still for you!  Email me at to reserve a spot.  And remember, if you don’t get an email in on time, you can request a spot at the door and if we still have room, we can add you.  No problem!

Our March Club night guests are Looking for Alaska.  Believe me when I say that they were made to perform in our hall.  I cannot wait to hear what their voices sound like resonating off the perfect acoustic wood walls and ceilings.  It is going to be simply divine.  You will love them, don’t miss it!  That’s 29 March, Monday at 7pm, $10.  And hey, how about I open the hall up a little early and we bring our dinners and enjoy the tail end of the warm weather together?  We’ll have Koparepare wines and gluten free Kereru beers on hand to accompany your meal, in exchange for a small donation.

See you all on Monday!

Need more information? has everything you need. If not, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail.

Yours faithfully,


Whangateau Hall at Level 3

The Government has moved all of Auckland to Alert Level 3 as of 6am 28 Feb 2021.  All Auckland Council Arts, Community and Events venues are closed during Alert Level 3.  This includes Whangateau Hall.

Whangateau Hall will reopen for groups of 10 or fewer at Level 2+, 40 or fewer at Level 2.

Please stay home and observe all Ministry of Health directives and guidelines.  Working together we can get back to Level 1 “more or less normal” life as quickly as possible.


Boxing Day Potluck!

December 26th will see our annual Boxing Day “leftover potluck and white elephant gift exchange” party.  All are welcome!  Bring along a dish to share made from Christmas leftovers (or not, you can cook something new if you prefer!), and a wrapped re-gift to exchange.  There will be music of some description, although you never know what you’ll get.  Some years we’ve had a piano player playing carols, some years we’ve had an open bluegrass jam or sing-around, or we could have an open mic set up for anyone wanting to perform a few.  What will it be this year?  There’s only one way to find out!  Join us about 3pm on Saturday, December 26th!


Liddiard & Louise in Concert

Concert Night with Brenda Liddiard and Martha Louise.

Monday, 14 December 2020
7:30pm. $10.

with special guests The Pipi Pickers

Brenda Liddiard and Martha Louise

Award-winning singer/songwriters, Brenda Liddiard and Martha Louise have been friends for many years, and have occasionally played together in different groupings around the folk/ascoustic scene. They have recently begun performing as a duo, providing instrumentation and harmony vocals for each other’s songs. They both play guitar, and Martha plays Appalachian dulcimer and rhythm mandolin, while Brenda plays lead mandolin. Having grown up in different parts of the world, they bring a unique mix of flavours to their combined performances.

Since coming to New Zealand in the 70's Martha has collaborated with many others, in groups such as Gentle Annie, The Broccoli Sisters, Late Harvest, Too far Gone and Martha and the Back Seat Drivers. Her live performances have been an opportunity to share her stories, with strong vocals, a rhythmic instrumental style, and words and music that come from the heart. Her recording, Mixed Feelings, was a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards Best Folk Album in 1985, and she was NZCMA Entertainer of the Year for Songwriting in 1999.

“Martha Louise writes tender songs that will tug at your heart strings – songs of home, of
family, of love, of life – and witty, humorous songs that will tickle your funny bone. A concert
spot by Martha Louise is one not to be missed” – Tricia Lee

Read more about Martha Louise on Audioculture:

Brenda has been writing songs and playing guitar and mandolin since the 1970’s. She grew up in
England, but moved to Australia in 1974, where she was involved in the environment and anti-
nuclear movements, for which she composed and recorded a number of songs. Since the 1980s
she has mostly performed and toured with husband, Mark Laurent throughout NZ, Australia and
the UK. Brenda's song, For The River won the Australasian region award in the United Nations
Asia/Pacific Environmental Song Festival (Bangkok, 1988). Her solo album, Box of Memories, was
a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards Best Folk Album in 2013.
“It is rare to experience something real, something close to the heart and from the heart”

Fiona Barnett
House Concert Host

Read more about Brenda at

Community Twilight Market this Friday

Whangateau community twilight market this Friday 27 November from 4pm til 8 pm at the historic Whangateau Hall. Selling plants, produce, art, crafts, children’s books, eco-gifts, Peddlers Gin, sausage sizzle and more….a great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts from local sellers. Please support your local community at high tide.😀


Downunderdogs in Concert!

Monday, 16 November 2020



prebook tickets by emailing with number of tickets requested and name to put them under.

The Downunderdogs

The Downunderdogs perform a three-part harmony and instrumental blend of bluegrass, old-timey, country, and swing, mixed with originals penned by guitar players Jack MacKenzie and Peter Dyer. Supplying the heartbeat, extra cheery smile, and third vocal part, is Cathy Dyer on bass.

Like one of those old radio show taglines they are likely to chorus that they’re not happy until we’re happy, and it is hard to imagine any other outcome when you hear them perform.

As it happens, they are genuine, made-in-America imports.

MacKenzie hails from Southern California where he perfected his evocative, flowing, cross-picking style of guitar playing, influenced by legends such as Doc Watson and Tony Rice. In the 1970s he managed and performed at the famous McCabe’s music store on Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica before moving to New Zealand in the early 1980s.

Peter Dyer’s roots are in Little Dixie, Missouri where his dad’s Virginian and Kentuckian ancestors date back to the early 19th century.  Dyer is a guitarist and an accomplished songwriter with titles such as Go Ahead and Cry, and Immigrants’ Song, one of several that come with his distinctive high-mountain yodel.

Michigan gave rise to Cathy Dyer’s accent, where she grew up learning classical violin, while on the side taking in that funky Motown groove. Peter and Cathy Dyer moved to New Zealand in 2004 and a few years later teamed up with MacKenzie to form the Downunderdogs.

Book tickets:

Buy Tickets: $15

Barry and the Crumpets Tonight!

7pm tonight, dancing starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets $20 at the door.


Barry and the Crumpets are a foot-stomping, barn-romping country dance extravagance. Playing old-time classics, breakneck bluegrass and swampy blues. All played toe-tapping fast and knee-slapping rowdy. 

You can find their debut album “A Good Keen Band” on Bandcamp now for streaming or purchase. Check out the Facebook page for dates of the album release tour.

It all started in Wellington when three friends started jamming together with banjo, mandolin and cajon on a dark midwinter night in 2017. As the night wore on, the tunes got stompier, their friends danced faster and before they knew it a band was born.

After 18 months of gigging around markets, bars and house parties in Wellington, a fiddler joined the fray. The band have since been honing their particular flavour of upbeat, old-fashioned mountain music and three-part harmonies with a smattering of celtic roots.

Barry and the Crumpets are:

  • Brendan Schenk: Vocals, Mandolin
  • Rachel Evans: Fiddle
  • Donald James: Vocals, Cajon
  • Simon Carryer: Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo