March Club Night with “Where Water Meets”

Club night is tomorrow, Monday the 27th of March! 7pm, $15 at the door.

We have a very special second half guest act this month!  Described as an ‘intricate, complex, but warm-hug kinda experience’, Where Water Meets are folk duo Emily Sheppard (violin/viola/vocals) and Yyan Ng (guitar/vocals). Touring New Zealand for the first time, they are bringing music from their critically acclaimed first album River Islands, with songs and tunes inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. They combine alternatively tuned guitars, violins and violas with ethereal vocals to create shimmering, visual worlds both Tasmanian and interstellar.  How exciting is this?

The evening starts at 7pm, Monday, 27 February, with half time bikkies and a hot drink included.  $10, door sales only, no pre-booking necessary. You can email Andy directly, or come early to sign up for a floor spot.

Radio New Zealand coverage

I have noticed that a lot of people tend to only come to shows that have been advertised on Radio New Zealand.  I would like to point out that getting onto RNZ is very difficult if you don’t know the right people or have the right connections.  A lot of great bands come through without having done an RNZ appearance.  This month’s guest is no exception!  So have your tea a little early, come down, and enjoy some truly unique and transporting music.

New Zealand String Quartet

After a sold-out concert in Wellington on St Patrick’s Day, we’re delighted to bring Irish Airs & Graces to Auckland next Friday 31st March for a performance at Unitarian Church, 1a Ponsonby Road.

Irish Airs & Graces is a concert blurring the boundaries between traditional Irish music and contemporary classical music and featuring Irish composer Dave Flynn, the New Zealand String Quartet, and guest traditional Irish musicians: Tracey Collins (accordion) and Marian Burns (fiddle).

The New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) is renowned for its versatility and has enjoyed collaborating with musicians and artists from all over the globe, in a range of classical, jazz and world music and dance genres.  The NZSQ first performed one of Dave Flynn’s works (‘Slip’ from String Quartet no.2 ‘The Cranning’) during our 2022 national tour, and we are delighted to collaborate with Dave on this special concert.

The programme features traditional Irish music arranged for string quartet, accordion, fiddle, and guitar. The ‘airs’ represent the famed melodies of Ireland, while the ‘graces’ represent the distinctive ornamentation techniques unique to Irish music.