TFMC @ Titirangi Library – Saturday 4th May 2024

As part of their promotion of New Zealand Music Month in May, Auckland Libraries have given the club an opportunity to entertain their visitors with a day of music at the Titirangi Library on May 4th.

Here’s the programme:-

Lew Black with guitar, other instruments in background

10:30-11:00  Lew Black

A singer with a big voice and a wide-ranging repertoire from sea songs, shanties, Country, Americana, traditional British and comedy. This entertaining musician is full of surprises.

11:00-11:30 Mike & Ros Maguire

Harmony singers who make an art out of playing ukeleles.

Mike & Ros Maguire performing to microphones with Ukuleles
Warren & Fi, in close up, before a background of trees and sky

11:30-12:00 Warren & Fi

A singing duo who describe their style as ‘laid back acoustic.’

12:00-12:30 Good Times

Alice McLeod & Bea Parker – a duo accompanied by guitars who will entertain us with fine harmonies and sweet songs.

Alice and Bea, accompanied by guitars
A reflective looking John in front of a leafy background

12:30-1:00  John McKeown & friends

From Titirangi Folk Club’s Friday Club – made up of different performers who play once a month at the club’s informal get-together.

1:00-2:00 The Shambles Band

Comprising 4 members of the Auckland Morris Band who will play lively tunes and songs in costume, with all sorts of instruments.

The Shambles Band, with instruments, dressed in Morris Dancing Regalia
Alex, Shannon & Charlotte, in a relaxed pose

2:00-2:30 The McClennan Family

Alex McClennan (guitar & vocals) and his daughters Shannon (16) and Charlotte (13) performing a mix of contemporary and trad songs.

2:30-3:30 Celtic Ferret

Ian Bartlett and Jean Reid, who perform as a duo and soloists, bringing us a delightful mix of harmony singing and tunes on various instruments with a celtic and traditional flair. Fresh from the Wellington Folk Festival.

Jean and Ian, playing mandolin & whistle respectively, in front of fireplace and beside table with various 'pub' games
Janet and Helen, with instruments in front of New Zealand Bush

3:30-4:00 Pomahaka-Tyne

Helen Douglas (Northumbrian Smallpipes & whistle) and Janet Thomson (guitar & vocals). Named for the rivers of their home towns, they will perform a variety of traditional songs and tunes from near and afar including Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland.

Pick your time, or make a day of it, then just go along and ENJOY!

CONCERT with Aro – Saturday 14th November 2020


This will be the first time we’ve put on a concert for some time, but we’ve got some great guests, and a great support act, to make it all worthwhile.


Aro are a husband and wife duo, made up of Charles (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Te Ata, Te Ati Awa) and Emily Looker (nee Rice). The pair met at Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau (University of Auckland), both studying for a Bachelor of Music (Pop), and discovered that they shared a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories, create community and remind us of our cultural identity.

Love defines this jazz-pop-RnB, husband & wife pair, and harmony is their signature.

Their first single Kōtare is a showcase of the distinctive sound that Aro has become known for; a warm blend of pop, R&B, jazz, and taonga pūoro. The track is a jubilant guitar driven melody, inspired by the kōtare (kingfisher). The gorgeously harmonious dual vocals carry the song, Emily’s honey-voiced jazz blending with Charles’ full throated haka sound, allowing the poetic te reo Māori lyrics to truly shine. Punctuated with percussive clicks and joyful whistles, Kōtare is an uplifting and beautiful example of the energy of the manu.

“The musicianship throughout – haunting and interlocking vocals, stick percussion, evocations of taonga pūoro, touches of Latin rhythms – is clever and diverse”

– Graham Reid, Elsewhere – Manu album review

To open the evening local group HIGH, WIDE & HANDSOME will perform a selection of…

  • Songs of the sea and songs of the land.
  • New songs, old songs, that centuries span.
  • Songs from all over, dusted out in the light.
  • Songs of joy and despair, of love and delight.
  • Stories of success and failure, some sad, some gloomy.
  • Songs we will sing with you so glad and so groovy!
High, Wide & Handsome


We are here. At the bottom of Titirangi Beach Road, just beyond the car park.

The Jews Brothers Band / Bluegrass and Beyond – Saturday 13th July

Concert @ Lopdell House

DOORS 7.00PM for a 7.30PM START.

$20 All Comers.

The Jews Brothers Band

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.

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Danny Priestley – in Concert – Friday 22nd March 2019

Danny Priestley kissing microphone

Large stage presence, honest banter, famed voice and great choice of songs have been known to make hardened outback diggers cry into their Coopers. That’s what the Auckland Folk Festival publicity said about him and we’re not going to argue.

Originally from Australia, now from Hawke’s Bay, Danny was a big hit at the recent AFF and we’re sure he’ll prove just as big a hit with us this evening.

Madeline Beasley and Bill Morrison

2 musicians who have been regular features of the Auckland Folk Music scene for some time, recently they’ve started playing as a duo, and we’re very glad to have them open for Danny tonight.

Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm Start.
Admission – limited to 50 persons.
$15 – Pre-Registration Recommended.
Contact Tricia Lee on 818 5659 to book your place.

We are here. At the bottom of Titirangi Beach Road, just beyond the car park.