Instead of our Friday Night Welcome Concert, for the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival, we’ve been asked to organise the Saturday programme in the Barn, so what better way to do this than to turn the Barn into a day-long folk club?
With the help of some of our neighbouring acoustic music clubs, we have arranged a diverse programme for a day of traditional music and music ‘in the tradition’.
We hope you enjoy the following (Work in progress – come back for the latest update):-
Rafters Folk Music Club featuring Blues & More (Linda & Alistair Robinson), Old Numbers (Graham McGregor, Jim Lawless & Jennifer Howarth). Great acoustics as well as great musicians in this long standing Auckland Folk Club.
Katikati Folk Club with Ashley Smith, Ann Bailey, Rex
Graveley, Paul Lethbridge and Di Logan. The Katikati Folk Club has been in existence over 25 years. Katikati has the dubious claim to fame of being the only planned Irish settlement in the world. The pioneer settlers who sailed there in 1875 and 1878 were mainly from Ulster in Northern Ireland with some Scots and English as well. The history of the town is celebrated in the murals painted around the town, by holding a mural and arts festival biennially, and a ‘Songs for the Murals’ competition. Members of the club will perform some of the songs which have been written and performed for this competition since 2011, and some Irish songs reflecting this heritage.
Hamilton Acoustic Music Club featuring Wilkie Mac and Rhodeworks.. They meet on the 1st Tues of each month and feature floor spots from local performers with the occasional guest; with a strong history of great singers and players and are hosts of the world famous annual HAMSTERFEST.
The Barebones Acoustic Folk Club featuring Al & Beverly Young, Nick Johnston & Clare Senior.
Shanty Session hosted by Lew Black. Lew draws on his Liverpudlian upbringing to lead an invited line-up of shanty singers who share his love of songs of the sea. This
will be a rollicking sing-a-long, always popular with a folk club audience.
Whangarei Folk Club
Hibiscus Coast Folk Music Club
Devonport Folk Music Club – boasting the best view from any folk club, anywhere, and home to some excellent musicians, today featuring Bill Morrison & Madeline Beasley.
Titirangi Folk Music Club featuring Bevis England & Jan Elliott, Paul Brown.
Celtic Ferret are Ian Bartlett and Jean Reid, two finer traddy musicians can’t be found.
The Tradition Bearer Session – unaccompanied un-amplified singing, participation rather than performance; the way that many of the songs of the oral tradition have been passed down over the centuries.
Tradition is the passing on of fire, not the worship of ashes – Gustav Mahler
NZ Song Come-all-Ye, hosted by Chris Priestley.
Homebrew & Drinking Songs Session hosted by Lew Black, Alex McClennan and John McGowan, a Come-All-Ye Singing Session based on the tradition of chorus songs and group involvement.
Open to people who wish to lead a song and those who love singing their hearts out in the chorus. A great way to learn folk songs and a highlight for people who enjoy listening to choral singing.
Only participants 18 years plus may whet their singing voices with a libation.
@ Motu Moana Scout Camp 90 Connaught St Blockhouse Bay
Lots of Great Guests to give you a great time.
BARRY SWALLOW has been playing guitar and dulcimer since the 1960s and since the 70s his playing has been heavily influenced by the open tunings and guitar techniques of Nic Jones. His repertoire includes traditional songs, songs by American contemporary musicians and, of course, songs from Nic Jones.
CHRIS PENMAN has performed all over New Zealand for the past 40 years, singing both solo and with her father Jack and siblings David and Thiea. Whilst singing anything and everything from Country to Rock, she has always maintained her love for the traditional songs of her homeland Scotland, using her powerful, emotive voice to tell the stories and tales that draw you in and have you singing along.
MADELINE & BILL. Madeline Beasley & Bill Morrison are two of Auckland’s favourites, both as solo performers and in various combinations. They teamed up as a duo some two years ago. They accompany themselves on guitars and banjo and also sing a number of fine acapella songs. Their eclectic repertoire and beautiful harmonies have won them many fans.
MIKE HARDING is a musical storyteller who is at his happiest singing songs from the lighter side of Kiwi “culture” – from small towns and back-country roads, from the radio and the rodeo, the city and the shed. Songs from Kiwi songwriters who have helped us to laugh at and love ourselves and where we live.
NEIL FINLAY is an accomplished musician, specialising in old time blues. He’s been playing blues since he was a teenager when he discovered the harmonica and then the guitar. He has played support and backing musician for many overseas bluesmen when they toured New Zealand, including the legendary Brownie McGhee. He plays solo, as a duo with Peter Parnham, and as a member of many bands.
PAUL BROWN is originally from Dundee and has been agitating the New Zealand folk scene for the past 9 years with his Scots banter and hearty singing. At his happiest singing for social change, Paul combines traditional Scottish and Irish songs with songs of protest. You will be encouraged or coerced by Paul to join in a chorus or three.