Concert @ Lopdell House
This idiosyncratic five-piece has become a legend throughout the land and after more than twenty years is still going strong, playing most recently at Auckland Folk Festival 2019 and Luminate 2019. The secret of their enduring strength lies in the astounding musicianship of every band-member, their tightly wound mesh of instrumental and vocal harmonies, their exhilarating ‘beyond klezmer'” repertoire and their enormous drive and infectious rhythms.
They first appeared on the Auckland scene in 1994 playing at Gerhard’s Cafe, Grey Lynn, where they became a local sensation and where they recorded a live album with their own unique arrangements of the traditional klezmer tunes taught them by band-leader, Jewish New Yorker Hershal Herscher.
Their first national NZ tour took place in 1997 and since then they’ve added a whole heap of original material to their repertoire, recorded five more albums and played the world over – from the Faroe Islands to Southern Spain to Chicago to London – featuring at the 20th Anniversary of the ‘mother’ WOMAD in Reading, UK and the famed North Sea Jazz Festival, as well as folk, jazz and world music festivals throughout Australasia.
- Hershal Herscher – accordion
- Linn Lorkin – melodica and lead vocal
- Nigel Gavin – guitar & glissentar
- Aaron Coddel – upright bass
- John Ellis – soprano & tenor saxes, percussion
The evening starts with:-
Bluegrass & Beyond
Bluegrass & Beyond, as you’d surmise by the name, play Bluegrass music plus a mix of other songs (originals and covers) that have
been migrated into, or very close to, the Bluegrass Genre. Four of Auckland’s top musical virtuosi, first rate vocals, tight harmonies and genuine toe-tapping music all contribute to their exciting performances which have been delighting audiences over the past few years.
Band members are
- John Olding on lead vocals and acoustic guitar;
- Cameron Bennett on dobro, Vocals and acoustic guitar;
- Colin Speir on lead guitar, 5 String banjo and backing vocals;
- Pete Parnham on bass fiddle.