Author Archives: Jenine Abarbanel

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.

Whangateau Hall Birthday Celebration

120 years of Whangateau Hall!

Come help us celebrate at a social potluck on Friday, 22 June, 2018.  Entry is free, but contributions to the hall fund are appreciated.

“A most enjoyable evening was had by all.” This simple but eloquent line occured dozens of times in The Rodney and Otamatea Times describing events in the Whangateau Hall. On Friday, June 22nd the local community will gather to celebrate 120 years of Whangateau Hall.

The Hall was built between 1895 and 1902 by locals, with 1898 being the “official” opening. The hall has been home to dances, concerts, and many other functions. In the 1970s the Rodney County Council decided to demolish the hall. A group of passionate and active locals rallied together, obtaining a Crown protection order. The local Buffalo Lodge moved into the Hall, and its members, assisted by locals, renovated and upgraded the Hall which is now designated Category 2 by the Historic Places Trust.

Some of those same campaigners will be at the birthday celebration. The evening is open to everyone, and is jointly hosted by the Whangateau Hall Reserve Committee and the Whangateau Residents and Ratepayers Association (WRRA).

The evening is a potluck dinner, please bring a plate to share, and beverages of your choice. Local musicians will provide musical entertainment, and all musicians interested in performing a number or two are welcome to bring instruments and enthusiasm. There will be cake and juice, and raffles in support of a new AED for the Rodney Rams Club.

May Folk Club Night

Special Guests: Neighbouring Planets.  Folk Trio from the Coromandel. With their combination of guitar, clarinet, and double bass this will be a different sort of show from what we’re used to! Neighbouring Planets play a combination of original instrumentals and classic rock covers.

Doors: 6:45 pm.  First half floor singers.  Tea and bikkies at the break.  $10.