Monday, 27 May, 2019. 7:00 pm.
Auckland based singer songwriter Donna Dean is the subject of award winning documentary film ‘The Sound of Her Guitar’ which premiered at a sold out screening in Wellington as part of the 2016 Docedge Film Festival. In November 2017 the film opened the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in Canada (WAFF). Donna was Keynote speaker and performed live at the festival. One film critic called the film “brave and beautiful”, another labeled it “an understated and insightful documentary about a New Zealand artist and her remarkable life”. WAFF’s Director of Programming Jim Compton said Donna was New Zealand’s own Lucinda Williams.
Regular club night. First half floor singers. E-mail for a spot.
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019. Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30pm. $15.
A familiar name perhaps around the Australian folk scene, due largely to his work with Colcannon, Munro O’Callaghan Titchener and the great man himself, Eric Bogle.
However, it’s now time to unleash the solo artist that has been lying dormant for all those years.
Audiences can expect a well-balanced mix of self-penned, thoughtful and humorous songs mixed with dubious witty banter.
I’m not trading in hyperbole by saying that Paul Trenwith is a legend. Recipient of the QSM for services to Country Music, founding and current member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, and instigator of Kiwigrass, New Zealand’s first national bluegrass festival, Paul is an absolute treasure. It goes without saying that he is one heck of a banjo player. He also has two beautiful and talented sons, both of whom have their own musical pursuits. But lucky for us, the three of them also get together and play music together once in a while as The Trenwiths. Their music gives me such joy, and I think you’re going to enjoy it too.
Doors open at 6:30pm with our club evening starting at 7:00pm. Online ticket sales available at https://whangateau.co.nz/qsot-event/himmerland-in-concert/04-16_2019-730pm/. $10. E-mail me for a first half floor spot.
New music from Scandinavia across styles, cultures and frontiers!
Veterans of the international music festival circuits, this is HImmerland’s first visit to Whangateau Hall.
With members from Denmark, Ghana, Scotland and Sweden, is inspired by the exciting and very varied cultures of the five experienced musicians in the band – We fuse the different cultures and genres that are brought into the band, but always with respect form the origin of the traditions. During touring in they UK over the last years, they met Scottish fiddle player Mairi Campbell and happily invited her to come play and sing with the band.
“Himmerland have found their direction and are moving very much ahead”. – Chris Nickson
“Himmerland were hot, they knew what they were doing and they did it very
well!” – The Blog “Life with a Blackdog”, Canberra, Australia
“Mairi Campbell has got to be one of the most fascinating women on the planet.” – Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show
Buy Tickets: https://whangateau.co.nz/qsot-event/himmerland-in-concert/04-16_2019-730pm/
Learn more at : www.himmerland.it – or at www.facebook.com/himmerlandband
Himmerland New Zealand Tour 2019 is:
MAIRI CAMPBELL(Vocal, Viola) Mairi Campbell is a pioneering figure in Scottish music. Her musical interests are wide ranging, from playing Scottish dance music to pushing the boundaries of the traditional music scene with her soundings and improvisations. Mairi has won several awards for her musicianship including Instrumentalist of the Year and Scots Singer of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
“Her voice can stop the clock” – The Scotsman
ESKIL ROMME (Soprano Saxophone) is from Funen, but has lived in Himmerlands in Northern Jutland, most of his life. During the 30 years Eskil has played, he has mixed traditional Danish music with jazz and otherrelated genres. On his many travels in Scandinavia and the UK, he has developed his very own “North Sea blend” of sounds and styles. In 2009 he released the album ” Himmerlandsmelodier”, which also was the beginning of the band Himmerland. Eskil is the artistic director of the small but well-reputed Halkær Festival, and he is known for its many international tours with bands like “Færd” and “Kryss”.
JENS ULVSAND (bouzouki, vocals) From Sweden, has been an integral part of the Swedish folkmusic scene in the last 25 years. Beside his work as a touring musician, Jens is a highly respected teacher at the Music Academies in Malmø, Sweden and Odense, Denmark, and he has a long career as composer for Swedish theaters. Jens Ulvsand has years of experience on the Swedish folk music scene, and combines his work in Himmerland with Trio Mio, with membership of Swedish Avadå Band, and toured the world with Danish Færd, KRYSS and Jullie Hjetland & Jens Ulvsand duo.
EMIL RINGTVED NIELSEN (Electric bass guitar) is from Aarhus, Denmark’s next biggest City. Emil
belongs to the new upcoming generation of very well skilled young musicians. He has played with a number of the new bands that shows where Danish Folkmusic goes these days .. bands as Mads Hansens Kapel and Tailcoat, and he’s an experienced player at Traditional Danish Dancing .Emil studies El bass at the Music Academy of Aarhus.
AYI SOLOMON (percussion, vocals) is from Ghana but has lived in Copenhagen for more than 30 years. Solomon enjoys great respect wherever he has played the last several years, both in Denmark and internationally. He has released two albums in his own name, and he has performed and toured with a wide range of top professional bands and projects in genres like world music, rock, pop and jazz. Among the best known are “Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra”,”Moussa Diallo Band” and “Palle Mikkelborg”.
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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.
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.