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Dennis Duigan and Ramblin’ Ash at February Club Night

The February Club Night is Monday, 25 February, at 7pm.  First half floor singers.  $15.

Dennis and Ramblin’ Ash have been performing solo across Australia and in Bluegrass and Western Swing bands – this tour will see them join forces to create an act that highlights the best they have to offer.

Possessing a powerful set of pipes that are equal parts soulful and high lonesome, Dennis’s repertoire draws from both the vast canon of American roots music, and a growing body of his own Southern flavoured original creations. A former heavy metal reprobate who defected and took up residence in the Americana folk music camp, Dennis has a lingering penchant for intricate and nuanced playing.

You might find Ramblin’ Ash Constance pickin’ old country songs for grey nomads at a free camp in rural Victoria, or playing at a crowded blues bar in Brisbane city – wherever and whenever she turns up, there is always a story to be told and a tune to be sung. With a voice like birdsong and the rollicking, rough and tumble of a true traveller she will break your heart, then charm your socks off and leave you longing for a life on the road.

Frank Burkitt Band returns to Whangateau Hall!


The Frank Burkitt Band return to Whangateau after their memorable debut performance there in January 2017. This show is part of their 30 date ‘Lost but Alive’ NZ Tour.

Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. In that order. His rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. A folk songwriter at his core, American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music.

When he relocated to Wellington from Edinburgh with his partner and backing vocalist Kara Filbey, he formed The Frank Burkitt Band, with blues and country mandolin player Cameron Burnell and jazz double bassist James Geluk. This mix of styles and genres gives their show unique variety, alongside tight knit harmonies and well crafted arrangements.

2019 will see The Frank Burkitt Band embark on the longest tour of their lives. From January – June, they intend to take their music all around New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Yes, they are quite ambitious and slightly unhinged. They will be releasing a new live EP to coincide with their touring adventures.

Wednesday, 6 March, 7pm.  $15.  

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.