Friday 3 March
A man of landscape and soundscape, Jon Sanders has developed a
unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a
"quantum leaping" way, so says The Irish Times.
Playing the 8 stringed, guitar-bodied bouzouki - known as the
guizouki- and adding a 2nd pickup to add bass lines creates a depth and colour
to his compositions , drawing on Celtic, Arabic, African and contemporary
styles. Add a percussive stomp and emotive vocals and the sounds
soar into a new dimension!
In contrast, he finger-picks upside-down, variously-tuned uke,
giving Mali-inspired rhythms and melodies alongside bluegrass stomp and
Celtic/Mexican hybrids. Called the ngoni-uke, the wee instrument sounds
harp-like, funky as and a wee bit cheeky. That's why the Irish Times arts section, The Ticket, called his
latest album- Zoukelele - " a deeply meditative, impishly playful, jazz
For his 2017 NZ tour he is joined by accomplished violinist
Krissy Jackson from New Plymouth. Krissy plays an eclectic range of styles and
is currently a member of several leading NZ bands including the Frank Burkett
Band and WaiTai.
AND for his Fairfield concert Nathan Torvik & Siobhan Sweeney will open the concert and join Jon for some pieces. Promises to be a great night.!!More info at www.jon-sanders.com and
Facebook/ Jon Sanders Music.
Fairfield Ballroom, Friday 3 March , 8 pm, $20
Sunday 5 March
_____________________________________________________________________Thursday 9 February
The Company are a Brisbane-based bluegrass band with a passion for
high-energy original acoustic music. From fast finger- picking to
soulful songs with sweet harmony singing, these blokes do it all. This
band has the credentials boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on
guitar, fiddle and banjo, not to mention numerous awards to their names
from major music festivals in Australia.
The Company released their third studio album titled ≥Six And Five≈. in November 2016 here's a quote from Timber and Steel who have placed the album at No.3 in their Top Albums of 2016.
"Six & Five" is a thoroughly modern bluegrass album from a
local band at the top of their game. This is bluegrass without the
play-as-fast-as-you-can gimmickry so many modern bluegrassers rely on.
Instead this is solid songwriting backed by some of the best musicians
in the country. ≥Another Season≈, ≥Six and Five≈ and ≥Androids≈ are all
standout tracks but to be honest my list of favourites changes on every
listen. And can I just say that I think Michael Patrick has my favourite
bluegrass voice in Australia. Timber & Steel
Thursday 9 February 8 pm
$15 door salesTuesday 31 January
Beyondsemble is a 4 piece band based both in Europe and New
Zealand playing original world meets funk meets gypsy swing meets reggae
meets latin meets....?Beyondsemble is music of an eclectic and diverse mix of
tunes and songs sourced from around the globe executed with virtuosic
skill, innovation, and infectious energy.
Beyondsemble is four
talented musicians who have the skill to make music of the highest
quality look easy. They play together with complete trust...Beyondsemble are Craig Denham; Accordion, Piano, Whistles & Vocals:
Jon Sanders; Guitar, Bouzuki, Ukelele, Vocals
Darryn Sigley ; Cajon, Percussion, Vocals:
Nathan Torvik; Mandolin, Guitar, Cello, Vocals
Music to move you and make..... you move.
Beyondsemble concert opening with Abigail Joffe
is an English singer-songwriter who has lived in Ireland for many
years,her music is a warm and beguiling mix of British/Irish folk and
Americana. For this her first performance at Fairfield she will be
offering a taste of her debut album Lay Me Down, a collection
that has been described as ≥sensual and feminine with a hint of whimsy≈.
These honest and finely crafted songs are a pleasure to listen to:
compelling narratives that will keep you hooked till the end. She has a
pure voice that blends hints of Joan Baez, Kirsty McColl and Sandy
Fairfield Courtyard Concert (inside if weather inclement) Thursday 26 January 2017
The London Klezmer Quartet
London Klezmer Quartet performs at Fairfield House, Nelson on 26 January 2017 as
part of the UK band's week-long debut tour of New Zealand. Bringing fresh life
to the almost-lost folk music of Jewish eastern Europe, the band will present
traditional and newly-composed tunes and songs from their new album, 'To the
Tavern'. The toe-tapping and tear-forming tunes are performed by Ilana Cravitz
(violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (piano accordion) and Indra
Buraczewska (double bass). Indra also lends her richly seductive vocals to songs
of love, loss and beetroot soup."
"To the Tavern" is their fourth album, and tells a day-long story that they
recreate in performance, combining the subtleties of the original tradition with
a kick-the-chairs-over ability to party.
that is what we will do!! kick-the-chairs over and party in the
gorgeous Fairfield Courtyard on a beautiful summer's evening!!
in 2009 by four London-based klezmorim with
a shared interest in the traditional playing style, LKQ is
one of a handful of bands in the world also leading the dances this music would
traditionally accompany: their 'klezmer keilidhs' are dance-your-socks-off
events for all ages.
Over the last year, the London Klezmer Quartet's
schedule has included a month-long tour in Australia and festivals in
Switzerland, Germany and the UK (Lichfield Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend,
KlezFest London, South Social Film Festival), as well as concerts in venues
including theatres, folk clubs, universities, and arts centres. They also teach
workshops and are one of the few groups in the world who also call for the
dances that klezmer music traditionally accompanied. More information at www.londonklezmerquartet.com.
Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm
Weather permitting this will be a courtyard gig otherwise Fairfield Ballroom
Tickets $20Sunday 8 January 2017
Maire NiCathasaigh & Chris Newman
Máire Ní Chathasaigh (pronounced
Moira Nee Ha-ha-sig)
is 'the doyenne of Irish
harpers ' (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY), just awarded Female
Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland 2016 awards and sole harpist recipient to date of Irish
music's most prestigious Award, Gradam Cheoil TG4 (Traditional Musician of the
Year). Her celebrated partnership with "one of the UK's most staggering and
influential acoustic guitarists" Chris Newman (ROOTS), has toured in twenty-two countries
worldwide to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic
European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London"s Barbican, Sydney
Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie.. and now little old Fairfield House, Nelson NZ!
The duo's performances are
an emotional rollercoaster, deeply rooted but eclectic and adventurous too: a
breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music from five centuries, hot jazz,
bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions - and what THE
WEST AUSTRALIAN calls Chris's "delightfully subversive wit"! They've made seven
acclaimed albums together.
Máire is "the greatest Celtic harper of our age" (LIVE
IRELAND), whose West Cork upbringing steeped in the oral tradition led to
multiple All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic wins and her development, while still a
teenager, of profoundly influential techniques for harp performance of
traditional Irish music √ subsequently heard on The New-Strung Harp (1985), the first harp album ever to
concentrate on traditional Irish dance music. "A mile-stone in Irish harp
music" THE IRISH EXAMINER "Her work restores the harp to its true
voice." THE IRISH TIMES
Chris is "one of the UK≠s greatest musicians≈"(BBC
Radio 2), whose recent solo album Still
Getting Away with It is ≥An
astonishing, joy-filled romp... a must-buy for any guitar player≈ * SCOTLAND
ON SUNDAY ≥I'm fully conscious that I'm in the presence of greatness... one of
the top guitarists of his ilk anywhere≈ THE LIVING TRADITION ≥The exuberance of
Newman's dazzling playing... would leave you open-mouthed if you weren't too
busy smiling.≈** ROCK n REEL He's toured and recorded with luminaries of
many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain &c),
jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock) - composing
the tune for and producing Fred's hit Oldest
Swinger in Town, which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in
several other countries and brought him a silver disc. ≥Dazzling≈ ACOUSTIC
GUITAR (USA) "His playing boggles my mind" Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (USA)
"Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation
brought an extended standing ovation, Newman has the great gift of being
informative and hilarious simultaneously" THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers,
dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this
pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home
to burn their instruments!" THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH
"Blazing guitar and dancing
harp" DIRTY LINEN (USA)
"Their stagecraft was masterly and their introductions
informative and funny"THE CHRISTCHURCH PRESS (New Zealand)
Fairfield Ballroom, Sunday 8 January 2017
7.30 pm $20 students $10________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Tuesday 20 December
UNDRESSING THE SONG by The BEND
Celebrating 40 years of songwriting as members of the bands BLERTA, SPATS, THE CROCODILES,
NO ENGINE, I AM JOE'S MUSIC, BLESSED RELIEF, and THE BEND. This bunch of talented NZ musicians are on the road again.
Fane Flaws, guitar & vox, Tony Backhouse. guitar, bass & vox, Peter Dasent, keyboards, Andy Gladstone,drums & vox. This show is all about songs & songwriting. It is a concert of
original music, where The Bend look back at songs from each era, talk
about what it was like to be on the road playing their own music back in
the dark ages, & why & how the songs exist, a strange &
frank expose of the invisible thread of consciousness, inevitable in a
long term "body of work"
Over the last 40 years, these talented guys
have written a heap of music together, & played in a kludge of live
bands & ongoing recording projects, having often wondered whether
people had any idea of what their songs were actually about, why they
existed or even how they came to be written - there were so many great
stories there - so Fane Flaws sat down with Tony Backhouse and they
wrote a show where they deconstructed the songs & exposed (what for
them is) an esoteric, mysterious & often very amusing process.
Come hear the music & the stories in the intimacy of the Fairfield Ballroom. book at undertheradar.co.nz.
Friday 2 December
The Raven Mavens with special guest Neil Billington
"The Raven Mavens" are a
Wellington based duo with a unique sound. Their combination of blues piano and
clarinet with a vocal sound that matches the tightness of the Everly Brothers
will have you dancing in the aisles.
These two slinky songbirds
have an energy in their performance that is infectious, and a synergy that
defies they are only a duo as they perform a mix of blues/boogie/jazz playing
both originals and cover versions, which includes Gary Moore's "I Still Got
The Blues For You" with the classic guitar solo played on clarinet, which
I'm sure Gary would endorse were he still with us, and a haunting rendition of
"My Heart Is As Black As Night" by Melody Gardot, which in the opinion of
many of their fans is better than the original. They also play a rockin version
of Hattie Hart's raunchy I Let My Daddy Do That written in 1934, plus
Cindy Muggeridge, writer,
singer, pianist, born and raised in New Plymouth, and Marian Carter, singer,
clarinetist, born and raised in New York City, now living in New Zealand, have
been performing together since 2011 and have recently released their second CD,
Greatest Hits part 2, which includes
a guest appearance by harmonica virtuoso Neil Billington, who is on tour with
them as a special guest.
Billington recently returned from the Tokyo
"Live Magic" Blues Festival, where he was invited to play onstage with the
headline act, one of the world's greatest blues guitar-players, ≥The Louisiana
Hurricane" Sonny Landreth.
They were recently invited to
perform as guests on New Zealand Live, a weekly spot on Radio New Zealand≠s
prime time afternoon show with Jesse Mulligan. The below link is to a video of
the first song, a Cindy original, which includes Neil. <http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nzlive/audio/201811944/nz-live-the-raven-mavens>
For one of their slower
numbers shot live at a concert at Studio 64 at Inglewood in Taranaki, check out
Marian singing Richard Thompson≠s The
Dimming of the Day. https://www.facebook.com/Ravenmavens-194840667317228/videos/
Friday 2 December 8 pm
$20 door sales
Friday 4 November 8pm
Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill, Celtic Duo
Award winning Cape Breton fiddler
Gillian Boucher seamlessly blends the music of her ancestors with contemporary
sounds, enthralling not only with the serene beauty of her music but with her
stage persona and skills. As part of a duo collaboration with Scottish
singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob McNeill, an
award-wining artist in his own right, they present a truly dynamic yet sensitive
acoustic conversation that is not to be missed. Heart wrenching slow airs and
riveting arrangements of songs and tunes, Gillian Boucher &
BobMcNeill take what you know about traditional
Scottish music and bring it to another level altogether.
You can find more information on their
brand new website... www.gillianboucher.bobmcneill.<wbr>net as well as on their
respective websites.... www.gillian-boucher.com and www.bobmcneill.net ...
Fairfield Ballroom, Friday 4 November, 8pm, $15__________________________________________________________________________________
Saturday 8 October
jazz meets Scandinavian indie pop and Australasian roots in this powerful
is a group of NZ and Australian musicians that formed in Berlin in 2013 to play
original music with an open improvisational approach. Described as having "a
northern European aesthetic with an authentic Australasian feel" in a recent
review, the 6-piece band is once again taking their unique brand of jazz around
some of the finest jazz talent from both sides of the Tasman, this is a concert
not to be missed!
Baxendale (saxophone) ;Luke Sweeting (piano) ;Callum Allardice (guitar);
Tom Botting (bassist) Tim Geldins (drums)
This year's Freedman Jazz finalist, Sweeting from Sydney is a pianist
known for his indelible work with a jazz-improv group the Grey Wing
Trio. Saxophonist Baxendale, a key force behind the burgeoning Kiwi band
The Jac, is one of the most energetic forces coming from the Wellington
jazz scene. Guitarist Callum Allardice is a performer & composer of note,
having received the inaugural APRA Best Jazz Composition Award. Joining
the band at the Fairfield House concert are two Auckland musicians;
expat Sydney-based bassist & National Jazz Awards Finalist Tom
Botting & one of Sydney's leading drummers,Tim Geldens.
After the concert members of Antipodes will host late-night jazz jam
session, so bring your axe for an opportunity to play with these
Saturday 8 October 8pm, $15 door sales
Thursday 25 August
Dunedin film producer Bill Morris' award winning documentary film 'The Sound Of
Her Guitar', is the deeply moving, inspirational story of Auckland singer
songwriter Donna Dean's early life challenges and her musical journey. Growing
up in a low income state house amid violence and alcohol addiction, the film
tells of the complexities of dysfunction and the road from it through
The film was selected
as one of the top ten 2016 documentary films by the New Zealand Doc Edge Film
Festival and had it's
world premiere in Wellington in May. The film has since had sellout screenings
in Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin and critics have
film top ratings
. Donna will perform before and after the screeningRadio
NZ - Bill Morris talks about the film.
Sound of Her Guitar is brave and beautiful. This is must-see documentary
"The Sound of
Her Guitar is a remarkable story of the redemptive power of
7.30 pm $15
Documentary (75mins) Live music & Q&A (35mins)
Bookings recommended email [email protected]
Saturday 13 August
Polly & the Minstrel
(aka : Nathan Torvik &
Play a mellow hybrid of folk, jazz,
With Nathan's guitar exploding into colourful
"virtuosic" lead breaks
accompanied by Siobhan on vocals."....a voice of pure
Islay Single Malt"
Nathan is an expert instrumentalist who might possibly play a mix
of guitar, mandolin and cello but may also play anything else he has available
to him. His dexterity is amazing and he achieves a sound that is complex and
interesting. Nathan has played guitar and mandolin for years, in a range of
styles but when he took up the cello a few years ago, it was without any attempt
at the traditional approach. Sometimes it is like a guitar, sometimes like a
bass and only occasionally like a cello.
Siobhan has a truly beautiful voice that can be both powerfully
big and rich as well as gentle and lilting. Siobhan has been singing all her
life and perhaps her Irish heritage has given her such a lovely voice. Whatever
the case, Siobhan≠s voice is velvety, lyrical and
Together they create music with
Saturday 13 August, 7.30 pm. $15
Friday September 30, 8pm
Learn the finer art of Imagination and Magic with Nelson's Faerie
Ambassador, Faerie Lou
A smattering of faerie etiquette, drama, storytelling, games, exploration,
imagination, craft, fun, dancing, mystery, art, make- believe, and most
Term 3 for Ages 5yrs to 8yrs,
Wednesday(s) 27 July - 21 Sept,$70 For 10 Classes (Magic Included)
Jess Chambers is releasing her sophomore album Desire on the 26th of September. She will be playing four shows in New Zealand to celebrate the release, including here at Fairfield
The new album is a robust successor to her debut Jess Chambers and the Firefly Orchestra(2008) but still retains a signature, delicate but determined sound. The influence of gothic folk artist Gillian Welch and country mainstays Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash linger in the dusty warmth of this latest collection of songs.
Jess Chambers first made a name for herself lending her ethereal vocals to tracks by electronic artists such Rhian Sheehan, Module, and the Upbeats, before releasing her first solo album, and later collaborated with a host of top Wellington musicians in The Woolshed Sessions (2008). She's supported international acts such as the Fleet Foxes (US), KT Tunstall (UK), and Sarah Harmer (Canada), and won the APRA award for NZ's best country song for Stringing Me Along in 2009.
Jess Chambers will be performing with musical partner Peter Hill (Mandolin and Guitar) and Tessa Rain (Backing Vocals) for her Nelson concert. Tessa Rain (of Fly my Pretties) will also be opening the night with a set of her rarely performed songs from her debut album Dirt Poems.
Doors at 7:30; cash bar available
Music at 8pm
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October
A Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training for
YOUTH WORKERS | PARENTS | EDUCATORS
Learn to:· Develop the art of empathy . Deal with emotionally charged situations effectively.·
Support an adolescent through difficulties.· Communicate and reconnect with youth.
FEE: $120-$160 sliding scale (payment options avail) 16 PLACES AVAILABLE
FACILITATOR: Anna Groves is a CNVC Certified Trainer, Secondary School Teacher and has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts. She has worked extensively with NVC trainers from the USA, Australia and Aotearoa NZ and has been facilitating trainings since 2007. Anna lives by the sea on the Kapiti Coast with her 3 children and cat.
PH: 03 5278060 | 027 6183633
E: [email protected]
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NVC MODEL: www.cnvc.org
This is an interactive experience; Fun and learning all rolled into one!
Thursday 20 October
Story by Carol McKeever Illustrations by Ned Barraud
A book for children and adults alike
beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the Christchurch
Earthquake from a child's point of view. Inspired by the Monarch
Butterfly the book draws on the idea that parents can create an
emotional cocoon for their children during traumatic times.
All proceeds to Save the Children Fund NZ.
THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER. 4PM UNTIL 6.30 PM
BUTTERFLY CAKES AND A CUP OF TEA ( DONATION)
BOOK READINGS AT 4.30 AND 5.30
Saturday 29 October 2011
CELEBRATION of UNITY
4.30pm to 6.30pm
together to celebrate the dawning of a new era that marks the ending
of a great cycle of the Mayan calendar and a new beginning. We start
at 4:30 with the welcome and celebration.
Please bring some wholesome
nibbles to share. Come together to share this special time.
Saturday 12 November
The Psychosynthesis Trust presents
THE GREAT TURNING
this workshop we will explore the part we can play, for ourselves and our
ensure a more life sustaining future.
Based on the work of Molly
Young Brown and Joanna Macy.
The current unprecedented global crisis is not so much an
ecological, economic and social one as a psychospiritual one. It is hard to imagine how it could be
resolved without a radical inner transformation of humanity and its rise to a
higher level of emotional maturity and spiritual awareness. √ Joanna Macy
Cost: $95.00. bring your own lunch (psychosynthesis
Facilitators: Liz Conroy, Kindra Douglas, Christine Bourke, Anne Verity.
information tel. Anne 5467552 or Kindra 5452991
Thursday 17 November
Voices of Our Ancestors: Ariana Tikao, Christine White and
AOTNZ Tour 2 to 26 November 2011
stories of the land expressed in song: Performed by Ariana Tikao, Christine
White, and Mahina-Ina Kaui, three Ngāi Tahu musicians celebrate their shared
tribal ancestry with funky grooves, lush harmonies, haunting ballads and
textured electronics: an infusion of ancient and modern.
collaboration has been created especially for their nationwide tour with Arts
On Tour NZ, which begins in Kaitaia and ends in Rangiora, taking in the east
and west of both islands.
of Our Ancestors Facebook page Thursday 17 November at 7.30pm
Tickets $18 ph.548 3640 or [email protected]
Cash Bar Available___________________________________________________________________________________
Wednesday 23 November
Alex and BBs two gifted artists,
Using the simple combo of a 5-string banjo and Irish
tenor banjo, Catherine ≥BB≈ Bowness and Alex Borwick will reveal to you the
iconic relevance of one of the most infamous instruments ever built.
With a 21st century approach and just nine strings
this fresh young duo sample a combination of traditional genres against their
own, beautifully architectured compositions, to reveal an intellectually
stimulating array of performance pieces.
Alex and BB perform with the depth of connection you
would expect from two experienced instrumentalists coming together to offer a
new take on an old friend; playing with the grace of the classics and with fire
from the mountain to produce a musical connoisseur≠s treat.
Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, who can go from
playing reggae one night, to leading a traditional Irish session the next. He
has studied and performed jazz with some of New Zealand's foremost jazz
luminaries, and is the past recipient of several national jazz awards for his
trombone playing. Since first picking up the tenor banjo in 2007, Alex has
immersed himself in Celtic music, and is a member of the critically-acclaimed
quirky folk trio Forbidden Joe.
BB has been playing the banjo for the past six years
studying at first with her local banjo tutor and later with some well-respected
players in the USA. In 2007 she was invited to the US to join the bluegrass
band Long Road Home and tour their
summer festivals, she is also the winner of the 2006 Uncle Dave Macon banjo
contest. Lately BB≠s musical taste has been expanding; she has now finished her
third year at the NZ School of Music, being the first accepted banjo player to
Alex & BB have recently finished their debut EP,
entitled ŒPlay Banjo≠.
It's a small taste of the
music they've created together so far, and confirms this duo's
musicians exploring the potential of the banjo outside of it≠s
role. Over the last eleven months they have been guests at several major
folk festivals and have toured their banjos around the North Island. As
part their National Tour planned for November 2011. Alex & BB
at Fairfield on Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm
Tickets $15 ph.548 3640 or [email protected]
Cash Bar Available
Friday 2 December
Lane, Matt Langley & Mel Parsons bring the Blood Thinner tour to Nelson
Lane will bring his Blood Thinner≠ tour to Nelson on December 2nd
with support from APRA Award
winner Matt Langley and TUI Award nominee Mel
The trio will
play an intimate, acoustic concert at Fairfield House, showcasing a blend of
folk, alt-country and roots music
and featuring unique collaborations on each
Lane brings with
him a reputation as one of Australia≠s most revered singer/songwriters. Rolling
Stone Magazine called his debut album ≥one of the most assured ever by a local
artist≈. Rhythms Magazine labelled him Australia≠s ≥brightest new roots music
star,≈ and he is commonly compared to Bruce Springsteen, Gram Parsons, Townes
Van Zandt and Ryan Adams.
He has also
supported Cat Power, Neko Case, The Moody Blues, Gotye, and Old Crow Medicine
Show, headlined sold out Australian tours, and was recently nominated for ‘Best
Blues & Roots Album≠ at the Australian Independent Music Awards. This show at
Fairfield House is part of a 12-date New Zealand tour which celebrates the
release of Lane≠s new sophomore album ‘Blood Thinner.
Glorious songs intimate, yearning
exquisite. simply mesmerizing
In a fusion of cultures from the past to the
present, Auckland-based ensemble Carolina Moon present a fiery, exciting and
moving collection of ancient melodies from their recent CD Mother Tongue.
For almost 1000 years the beautiful melodies
of Judeo Spain have been borne/carried by generations of mothers, lovers and
daughters of the Diaspora, unfolding the story of a vibrant people through
romances, life, love and loss.
Carolina Moon≠s evocative song combines these
sensual Ladino melodies with a feast of klezmer and delicious Eastern flavours
and jazz-tinged world sounds.
Friday 6 January
Chimuka Marimba Band
Come dance to the rhythms of Zimbabwe on a hot summer's night in The Courtyard
Marimba music has the power to
change the state of the performers & listeners....much like ancient chants
and sacred music
Pre sales $18 at Everymans
Records, $20 gate sales.
6pm gates food & drink for sale.
has been played in the Nelson region since 1997. CHIMUKA, based near Motueka,
is one of only two groups playing this music in New Zealand. The group is
directed and taught by musical director Russell Matthews.
CHIMUKA is an
eight-piece band consisting of seven marimbas (bass, baritone, tenors, alto and
sopranos) and a pair of hosho (shakers) and we play mostly acoustically. Mainly a
dance band as the music is very infectious, however also the sound has a broad spectrum of context and will
sit happily in the ambient courtyard where people can mostly listen
and enjoy the intricacy of the music.
itself has been adapted for marimba from the mbira (thumb piano) of the Shona
people of Zimbabwe, who have developed this instrument and its music to a high
degree of sophistication. With intricate polyrhythmic cyclic melodies the music
has a powerful uplifting quality capable of connecting people to a childlike
sense of joy and delight, which is one of the main reasons CHIMUKA enjoy performing
COME TO DANCE OR LISTEN EITHER WAY YOUR SPIRITS WILL BE LIFTED.
Sunday 22 January to Saturday 28 January 2012
COMING IN 2012...All the Fairytales You Know (and Some You Don't)
perfect package of summertime, stories and sublime comedy! An outdoor,
Summer Laugh-fest in the tradition of 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare
(Abridged)'. Live theatre in the Fairfield House Meadow!
Space Theatre Company invite you to the beautiful surrounds of historic
Fairfield House for their annual offering of outdoor Summer Theatre.
Four very brave (or very stupid) actors will attempt to present 90 Fairy
Tales in 90 minutes!
Bring your own chairs, rugs, hampers and a donation for the actors. Set up your picnic and let the comedy mayhem unfold.
Cash bar and sweet treats available
Warning: Enforced audience participation may ensue!
(Inside Fairfield if wet)
Sunday 22nd January to Saturday 28th January
6:30pm daily PLUS 2pm matinees on Sunday and Saturday
FREE show (donations gratefully accepted!)
Friday 3 February
EMERALDS & GREENSTONE
& Greenstone are a folk fusion band, whose "indigi-folk" blends Maori and
Celtic musical instruments and styles into a powerful, evocative musical
experience. Traditional songs and chants in Maori, English, Irish and Scots
Gaelic are woven into the band's contemporary sounds coloured with jazz, blues
and pop... Think the folk-rock adventure of Fairport Convention meets the
exquisite arrangements of Madredeus with a real New Zealand
lineup includes: Ariana Tikao (vocals, taonga puoro/Maori instruments,
dulcimer); Laura Tomlin (vocals, keyboard, tinwhistle, flute); Argène
Montgomery-Hönger (bodhràn, tin whistle, ukulele, vocals); Jon Hooker (guitars,
ukulele); James Wilkinson (guitar, bass, vocals).
Fairfield House concert will kick off their NZ tour scheduled for February and
March 2012, before Emeralds & Greenstone take their music to international
audiences in July/August 2012.
real musical gem...It was not only the quality of the vocals that stood out, but
the quality and sensitivity of the songwriting with this Maori-Celtic mix" - The
Courier Mail Online (Brisbane)
The Seas was inspired by the crossing to Stewart Island but would be as
evocative of the trip to Aran." - fRoots album review (UK)
spellbinding re-working of traditional songs along with their own contemporary
offerings...they ooze character, cross-cultural credentials, multi-lingualism
and instrumentalism... colourful songs and tunes which transport, enthral and
inspire" - The Garden Sessions (UK)
Friday 3 February 8pm
$15 email & phone reserves encouraged, ph. 5483640 or [email protected]
Friday 10 February
Since bursting onto the
New Zealand music scene in 2010, multi-instrumentalist Johanna Mystery
has already performed with award winning singer-songwriter Jess Chambers
(The Woolshed Sessions), as well as performed and recorded with a
string of established New Zealand musicians, including virtuoso
guitarist Justin Firefly Clarke (Fly My Pretties IV, The Woolshed
Sessions), and Nigel Collins (sole accompanying musician for Flight of
The Conchords).As a solo act, Johanna Mystery's music, with its
combination of Pacific Island roots, and acoustic folk/soul styles,
draws in and holds the audience in captive silence. When performing
with her band, experienced drummer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Lemi
Wood (Hikoikoi, Hannah Howes, Jump St), and hotly demanded jazz bassist
Will Sklenars (Jump St), forge together a solid rhythm section, adding
alternative rock elements to Johanna Mystery≠s catchy hooks.
Described as being reminiscent of the organ-infused sounds of The
Doors, mixed with the edgy and soulful vibes of Amy Winehouse, Tracey
Chapman, and Joan Armitrading, Johanna Mystery and her band are fast
developing a reputation for their dynamic performances.
Johanna Mystery will be performing with
- Ben Wood: Drums, guitar
- Sage Kamaru: Bass, Drums
- Will Sklenars: Bass
- JoHanna Mystery: Vocs, Keys, Guitar, Clarinet
as part of her SOUTH ISLAND TOUR
in Fairfield House Ballroom
Friday 10 February 2012 8pm
$10; email & phone reserves encouraged, ph. 5483640 or [email protected]
Sunday 26 February
ERIN COLE- BAKERErin Cole-Baker is an American born, Whangarei, New Zealand
raised singer/songwriter who has been living in Oregon for the last six years
playing her music and making albums. Her songs are simple wonders, a blend of
acoustic Americana music and winsome indie-folk, a bit of sunshine through the
clouds. Cole-Bakers latest album Big Sky has recently been featured in Oregons
1859 magazine in their top three albums of 2011, and Central Oregon
Magazine awarded her the best musical artist of 2011. She will be joined by her
brother Nathan Torvik, accomplished musician and Nelson favourite
Luke Hurley is an independent New Zealand guitarist and
singer-songwriter, who works mostly outside the confines of the music
industry. He was born in Kenya on the 31st of August, 1957 and moved
with his family to Gore in Southland, New Zealand when aged 12.
He achieved a degree of early success on student radio with the song
≥Mona Lisa≈ in the early 1980s at University of Otago in Dunedin.
Growing up in Kenya and Zanzibar exposed Luke to Arabic, African and
Indian styles of music which have influenced him to this day.
Mississippi John Hurt was also an influence. Luke≠s current style of
playing has also been described as
Indian tabla meets Irish rock≈
Go to www.lukehurley.co.nz to read more about Luke and to listen to his music.
Transit of Venus Viewing....history repeating at
FairfieldAt 10.15am next Wednesday, Venus will begin
its journey between the Earth and the Sun. Mid transit is 1.29pm and at 4.43pm
Venus will make its final egress.
Thanks to Jenny Pollock, we will have a Venuscope available to watch an image of the little black dot crossing the fiery orb. Jenny will bring a class of college girls up
to Fairfield between 12.30 and 1.30.pm. For the rest of the time, the set-up will
be open for public viewing. Gold coin donation
It's now only a few days until arguably the
greatest astronomical event of our lifetimes, and we are here to see
Arthur Atkinson viewed the Transit of Venus at
Fairfield the last time it was visible in New
Zealand, December 7
|Friday 13 July|
CROSSROADS is a newly formed lively six piece folk country
band with a Cajun twist.
musical feast for the senses awaits the Crossroads audience with some seriously
talented musicians showcasing their style. Along with Lainee's emotive vocals
and original acoustic guitar, other's in the line-up include: Dave Manera- an
experienced musician providing strong lead/backing vocals and a solid rhythm
guitar style, Hayden Stamp - a talented bass player supplying a warm rich sound
with some funky flavour thrown in for good measure, and Andrew Matheson - an
innovative drummer with catchy rhythms and a superb style. Andrew also plays a
beautiful mandolin and sings. Multitalented musician Geert Hermsen brings not
one but four Accordions, Harmonica and vocal delights and Megan Young is an
experienced versatile violinist adding character to the Crossroads fire with
her soulful melodies and passion on the violin - fast fiddling to light up the
The Crossroads sound is all about expression, familiarity and fun.
at the Mid Winter Hoedown a FUNdraiser for Fairfield.
There will be a cashbar, fires roaring and a great dance floor!
A winters night to
$10 door entry
check out this gig on Facebook
Saturday 25 August 8pm
The Turntable Tea Party set for Satruday August 25 at Fairfield House promises
another night of dancing, fun and great music.
the success of the fabulous 'Midwinter Hoedown' in July the Friends Of Old
Fairfield present another winter warmer FUNdraiser.
- DJ Tunesifter will be spinning vinyl greats all evening in the
Ballroom from his collection of funk, soul and reggae to old skool hip hop,
dancing is guaranteed! (please no stilettos in respect for the 140 year old wooden floors)
A cash bar
will be operating in the Gallery
with beer & wine, plus mulled wine & green tea cocktails in vintage
- A selection of vintage tea cups will be for sale/hire or guests
can bring along their favourite to the tea party
In theme with the evening
we suggest dressing in fitting vintage style - ladies in frocks and gentlemen in
dapper threads - hit up the local op-shops and find a suitable adornment
Wallflowers Bake Sale - delectable delights for cash donations - all proceeds
to Fairfield House.
No Eftpos so bring your cash!
- The Turntable Tea Party
is a FUNdraiser for Fairfield
House with all proceeds going towards the new kitchen stove.Friday August 31 8pm
theMurderChord are taking to the road once again, performing their
totally unique style of swing/stomp/punk/rock on piano & percussion This Piano-driven distorted two-piece is touring tracks
from the brand new "Global Swarming E.p≈ the fourth from the flock of Swarm-related
Ep's and the bands fifth release overall. Recorded by front man Dave at theDank
and released through PuppyKillerRecords, it's bound to raise an eyebrow as it careens
from one unlikely topic to the next.
The live show is a well polished shambles. Using left
over pieces of Ska, Rock, Metal and Swing, and presenting it as a fairly well
dressed Punk rock band, its hard to say where you might have ever seen anything
like it before."the Murder Chord is an atonal noise made by a piano
when sounding a full octave of notes at once usually in a mashing action with
your forearm, made famous by the band of the same name"
Check out www.theMurderChord.co.nz
to listen to the songs, and all the other internet haunts for everything else.
now for something totally different check out their gig at Fairfield on August
8pm, door sales $10
cash bar operating.
January 11 to 13 2013
Summer singing at Fairfield
a weekend for people who love to sing together or who lead others in song
Hallo all lovers of
singing and choral music; we are pleased to bring you a new programme of group vocal
activities over a summer weekend in Nelson. Whether you are an experienced
chorister, teacher or just someone who enjoys the physical and spiritual
benefits of singing with other people, we hope there is something here that
will appeal to you.The aim of the weekend
is to foster a spirit of cordiality and fellowship through learning and making
music together. The course vocal leaders share a wealth of experience and
passion for their work and we plan to offer you a tempting diet of songs from
the world≠s singing cultures, together with some workshops on children≠s songs
and opportunities for women and men to sing in separate groups. Participants will be provided with songbooks
of all the material taught over the weekend. I am delighted to
welcome Brendan Taaffe, from the USA, as
our guest song leader, folk musician and composer. This will be Brendan≠s first
visit to NZ and if you would like to find out more about him please visit
Brendan Taaffe will
draw on music from ŒThe American Vernacular≠ (gospel, blue-grass Appalachian
and shape-note songs), Zimbabwean makwayera songs and his own
compositions. Brendan has led
workshops in many places around the world; Bulgaria, Canada, England, Germany,
Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and throughout the US.
completed a Masters degree in traditional Irish music at the University of
Limerick and has toured as a member of Larry Gordon≠s Northern Harmony.
He runs Turtle Dove, a singing camp for adults in addition to playing
fiddle and guitar for dances. and concerts.
Julian Raphael is a community musician and music
educator who works alongside children and grown-ups with a philosophy and
teaching style that is greatly influenced and informed by music-making of the
world's cultures. As director of Community Music Junction he operates in
Wellington enabling adults to learn a variety of musical instruments and he
tours other centres running workshops for schools, teachers and singing
communities. Julian facilitates Chamber
Music New Zealand≠s Ensembles in Schools project around the country; enabling
primary school children to perform alongside professional musicians. As a vocal
leader he directs the Wellington Community Choir and Children≠s Choir and the
Hutt Valley Community Choir. At Fairfield
Julian will be teaching songs from South Africa, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands
and New Zealand.
January 18 to 25 2013
Outdoor Summer Theatre: Earnest!-
The Body in Space Theatre Company and Fairfield House present, 'The
Importance of Being Earnest'- a mad-capped misadventure into the world of Oscar
Wilde's most well-known play.
Four very brave (or very stupid) actors present a cacophonous and Wilde-ly
entertaining botch-up of Oscar Wilde's 19th century comedy for your delight. You
will meet the four actors and get to know them as they rise and fall through
clever lines and comic characters. The four actors are also accomplished
improvisors (warning bells sound!) and this lends the performance an excitingly
dangerous air. You never know what these unpredictable mischief-makers might
throw in there. You can however expect a Wilde-ly funny show with lashings of
Bring a picnic or purchase savoury or
sweet food and drinks on site.
NO BYO alcohol, Bar availble
Remember your donations for the actors.
Fun for the whole family!
The perfect package of summertime, stories and sublime comedy. An outdoor,
Summer Laugh-fest in the tradition of 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare
(Abridged)' and 'All the Fairy Tales You Know (and Some You Don't)'.
'Audiences entranced by actors' skill and humour'. - Nelson Mail,
Nightly shows at 6.30pm with matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
Check Body in Space out at www.bo
Lisa NorrissProps & Set
to our sponsors and supporters: Fairfield House, Creative Communities
Nelson, Just Costumes, Dick Smith, Bay Landscapes, Nayland College,
FOOF, and More FM.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Tuesday 29 January
EOIN DUIGNAN AND JON SANDERS TO PERFORM TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY
MUSIC FROM CO. KERRY AND BEYOND.
The renowned Irish uillean
piper and low whistle player Eoin Duignan is to tour NZ in January and February
2013 with international bouzouki, ukulele and guitar player Jon Sanders.
Playing original and
traditional compositions, the two musicians blend their reed, wind and stringed instruments, taking audiences on
a freewheeling journey over rugged Atlantic coastlines, Kerry mountains, to
Britany in France, Galicia in Spain and even as far as the dry dusty Himalayan
foothills in Afghanistan.
Eoin and Jon first met in
Dingle, Co Kerry 12 years ago. There was an immediate musical rapport between
them. They formed the group ARÚ (meaning both before and after in the Irish
Language) and Eoin went on to record pipes on Jon Sanders acclaimed album Latitudes
while Jon added his unique style to Eoin's Ancient Rite and Lumina
albums. They have since co-produced on a wide variety of music and film
projects including the release of the single Kachina with Glen Hansard,
the Oscar winning star of the movie Once. They toured NZ in 2008 and 2009 funded through the
Irish Arts Council to great acclaim and have performed all over Europe and the
Thurs 11 April,
International touring artist and award-winning guitarist Joel
Fafard is coming back to New Zealand in April, but this time he brings a
little bit more. Fafard made his name as an instrumentalist releasing
three critically acclaimed instrumental albums from 2003 - 2008. His
latest CD Cluck old hen features sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocals in
the style of the new-generation bluesman. Fafard will be making twelve
stops from Christchurch to Auckland and as always he is looking forward
to returning to his favourite place on earth, New Zealand!
"Whether Fafard was playing his own compositions or performing
Southern roots and blues, this guy rocked. His voice, a gravely groan
and croon, teamed with superb slide guitar and a whole lot of edgy urban
cool, makes him a compelling performer."
Michael Britton, WallAfrica
Vine on Vines
Fairfield House, Saturday 13 April, 2pm to 4pm
To launch Heritage Week 2013
Vine raconteur and historian, and fellow enthusiasts celebrate the
history and products of the vine in a fun afternoon.
Find out more about making your own brew, have a go at trampling grapes and enjoy a guest appearance of Footnote Dance CompanyHarvest Dance
Fairfield House Saturday 13 April 7.30pm $15
Dance the night away under the hops & vines to the lively music of The Gypsy Pickers.
A sample of Nelson's wonderful beer, wine & ciders will be on sale at the bar
and autumn harvest food will be available.
Autumnal antic surprises.
tickets at the door $15___________________________________________________________________________________
Fri 26 April, 8pm $20
Saints have just returned from Nashville, Tennessee where
they recorded their debut album entitled How
Red Is the Blood. Now
based in New Zealand, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan were formerly part
of acclaimed London based group Her Make Believe Band. The duo present Cy's songs in their rawest
form, with just acoustic guitar, double bass and voices described as "love
letters between Amy Mann and a slip-sliding Paul Simon".
To celebrate the release of the album, the duo are
embarking on an extensive nationwide tour, commencing in April.
Tattletale Saints recorded at Butcher Shoppe Studios,
owned by Grammy award winning engineer David Fergusion & acclaimed
singer-songwriter John Prine, & the birthplace of many Johnny Cash
Cy & Vanessa enlisted the help of top bluegrass/folk songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer
Tim O'Brien to produce the album.
was a huge honour to work with Tim" exclaims Cy. "Vanessa & I have
been massive fans for a long time & he's right up there with the
best in the world for our style of music.Plus to have cut the record in
John Prine's studios in Nashville ...that's serious business!"
add to a recording experience steeped in history, the plate reverb used
on the album is the actual reverb unit from the legendary Grand Old Opry that was bought & then relocated to the studio.
The money for the album was raised via the crowd-funding website Pledgeme.co.nz.
With over 220 supporters, Tattletale Saints' album project has the
highest amount raised by a band through a NZ crowd funding site to date.
How Red Is the Blood is
a collection of poignant stories & observations portrayed
evocatively by Winstanley. His voice & McGowan's harmonies possess a
delightful complementary clarity as they soar across delicately played
guitar and double bass, with an occasional wash of harmonies.
"beautiful melodies with a fragility that is a joy to behold" Crack Magazine UK
"In Cy Winstanley they have a potent songwriter with a voice
gently reminiscent of Paul Simon, while fellow Kiwi Vanessa McGowan adds
beguiling harmonies" Uncut Magazine
Hear them at Fairfield in the intimacy of the Ballroom; Friday April 26; doors open 7.30 concert at 8pm. $20
The history of NZ folk song is a history told by men. Our pioneer
stories show us one side of our colourful past. Where are the women's
songs? stories? We have such a rich array of colourful female characters
in our history that these stories need to be heard. If the songs aren't
there then as a songwriter I will have to find the stories and write
them myself" Rachel Dawick on Radio NZ June 2011.
and that's just what she did!!
historic trail began over two years ago when armed with a grant from
Creative NZ Rachel embarked on 40 day solo tour across the country
performing, collecting and digging up stories of women in 1800≠s NZ. A
second further collection tested her own boundaries as she cycled the
length of NZ from Cape Reinga to Bluff with only a ukulele, a one person
tent to her name and 2000km to travel. With many stories shared on the
road, & a final concert in Christchurch marking the end of the long
journey Rachel finally came off the saddle and began the long process
of collating and sorting the research till each character≠s story fully
appeared & provided the starting point for each of the songs.s of
the prostitutes, the gold miners, the entertainers, the nurses, the
business women, the missionary wives, the women who made NZ what it is
today. These are the untold stories of our history.
Rachel Dawick and Jon Sanders will be perform these
MUSICAL TALES OF PIONEER WOMEN
Thursday 2 May at 7.30pm
$15 door sales.
Saturday25 May 10am
Joyous and effortless exercise for your body, mind and soul.
Let your body move the way it wants.
Let your mind rest and your soul rejoice
commencing Saturday 25 May, 10am to 11 am
cost $7/$5 unwaged.
wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat.
for more information contact Jana on 022 69 66 879 or email [email protected]
Friday June 7 8pm.
JO HANNA and the MYSTERY
and songwriter Jo Hanna found her musical feet playing accoustic shows
with various Wellington musicians, including Jess Chambers, guitarist
Justin Firefly Clarke ( Woolshed sessions, Fly my Pretties, IV) and
Nigel Collins (Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra).
Jo Hanna formed the the band "Jo Hanna and the Mystery"
in early 2011. In mid 2011 Jo Hanna relocated to London for six months.
She gigged extensively in both London and Europe. after which her music
transformed from soul/folk into a more electric "future-soul" sound.
As a band, "Jo Hanna and the Mystery"
play a sultry combination of soul, mixed with alternative blues and
rock music. to complete the "future-soul" sound accompanying
milt-instrumentalists Ben Lemi ( Newtown Rocksteady) and Sage Kamaru
alternate between rhythm instruments, adding hip-hop, roots and jazz
music elements to Jo Hanna's catchy hooks.
Described as being
reminiscent of Nina Simone, mixed with the edginess of PJ Harvey, "Jo
Hanna and the Mystery" are remembered for their dynamic live
performances that speak of, and evoke, the core human emotions.
Have a listen at Jo Hanna and the Mystery
"Jo Hanna and the Mystery" will be performing as part of her SOUTH ISLAND TOUR
in the Fairfield House Ballroom, Friday 7 June 8pm, $15;
email & phone reserves encouraged, ph. 5483640 or [email protected]
Sunday 30 June 7.30 pm
RADIUS "instrumental fire for your soul!"
are two of New Zealand's finest instrumentalists and an inspiration not
to be missed! Like alchemy, the roots of Celtic and Blues come together
to create an innovative new sound.
Harry Harrison and Justine Snelgrove
work their magic into lush, soulful melodies and infectious grooves.
dobro, banjo, guitar, saxophones and flutes are skilfully combined,
generating rich and diverse sounds.
After touring nationally in
2012 and performing in the Christchurch International Jazz and Blues
Festival and the Nelson Jazz Festival, Radius look forward to promoting
the release of their debut album "Seven Tales" which they will tour
locally and internationally.
hear them in the intimate setting of the fire-cosy FAIRFIELD BALLROOM
Sunday 30 June 7.30 pm $15
Saturday 31 August
Sunday 29 September
instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist A.J. Leonard is one of Australia's pioneer
ukulele players. Feted and respected in Hawaii, the spiritual home of the
instrument, he is highly regarded to be among the best in the world.
Rowlands has performed professionally throughout the classical scene in Australia. This
classical background combined with influences from jazz and pop produce a combination
of sweet melody and great groove. The duo
is a result of an appreciation for classical and film music. They have
performed and conducted workshops at major festivals and ukulele retreats
across Australia and the USA. Together they are a true melding of musical minds,
known on the world circuit for their unique ukulele/cello interplay and finely
crafted arrangements.http://ajleonard.comFriday 6 December
Classy Crooners CabaretFairfield House
presents a fabulous 1950s cabaret night
Lilly la Rouge
MC Laura Irish
lounging live jazz to kick the night off, with Gabor, Simon Williams, Paul Gilmour and Drew Matheson
O'Malley and Laura Irish sing sexy hits from the rat-pack (The
debonair Michael O'Malley - Crooner extraordinaire - is performing at
the Classy Crooners Cabaret. Originally from St. Louis - the birth place
of the blues - Michael is a
professional singer, actor, improviser and comedian. Watch him weave
his Sinatra-esque magic! Body In Space member Laura Irish is a skilled
comedienne, improviser, actress and singer. She will be MCing the night
and joining Mike for a couple of numbers.
La Rouge and the Lusties perform steamy classic 50s burlesque
50s fashion show featuring Vintage Heaven
Pandora getting you grooving
refreshments and décor
Lucky Booth - a vintage photo booth
discount from Vintage Heaven with every ticket
prize from Blinc Catering can be won on the night.
for best 1950s dressed male and female
proceeds to Fairfield House Friday 24 January to Friday 31 January 2014 Summer Theatre in the Meadow at 6.30pm each evening & 2.00pm Sunday The Three Musketeers
Cocktail upon arrival
summer comedy at its most daring, death defying and devilishly
handsome. Alexandre Dumas' classic story has been sliced, diced and
served on the point of a sword by the crazy cats that brought you their
adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest! in 2013.
"They are funny, they are sexy, they are smart"- Theatreview.
Nothing epitomises funny, sexy or smart like a musketeers moustache. All for one and one for all.!Bring a picnic, the family and a donation for the actors, sit back and enjoy the mayhem.
A bar will be operating and tea, coffee & cake available.Body in Space
is the resident theatre company at Fairfield House and this is their fourth year running outdoor summer theatre productions. Learn about how
you may be able to support them to give us more of their talented, hilarious summer fun in future.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sunday 2 February French for Rabbits Summer Tour
Even the best summers seem like distant dreams when winter comes- rose
tinted & faded like old photographs. Wellington dream-pop duo French for Rabbits
will be performing at Fairfield as a part of their twelve-concert and
summer swims through the cities and smaller places of the North and
South. this will be the second NZ tour for the group bookending a year
spent recording their debut album and touring through Europe for the
first time.The successful tour took them across the continent performing
nearly fifty shows through the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, the
Netherlands and France.Brooke Singer,
who is the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the
duo, began performing with guitarist John Fitzgerald
in 2011. For this tour they will be joined by their new band Hikurangi
Scheverin-Kaa (City oh Sign) on drums and Ben Wood (Trinity Roots,
Newtown Rocksteady) playing bass and singing harmonies.
if you enjoy slightly odd, sometimes witty banter and/or nostalgia-laced
songs, melancholic dreamscapes and mesmerizing songsmithery- please
comeFairfield Ballroom, Sunday 2 February Doors open 7pm Gig starts 7.30pm
pre sales tickets are available at Undertheradar for $10
or $15 on the door.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Come and lounge in
Advanced tickets $20
from Everyman records. $25 on the door
Doors open 7pm,
entertainment starts at 7.30pm
Sunday 2 March
Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of
truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." Musician,
singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly
individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career.
Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the
70s and then from Patrick Street to Andy
Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik, Andy has been a
world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.
As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a
travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody
To quote The Irish Times, "Often copied, never equalled", his
repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a
compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.
Andy Irvine is Irelands Woody Guthrie, with a
philosophers ear and a prophets passionate voice. He is also a
stunning singer and instrumentalist who weaves melody and texture, harmony and
rhythm, into a rich tapestry of present and past.
Fairfield Ballroom, Sunday 2 March
doors open 7pm concert starts 7.30 pm
door sales $15
Here's a little about three of the toe tapping bands that will feature on the day of MUSIC & MISCHIEFMake sure you are there for Jackson and
Matheson's premiere performance this
This brand new duo will be showcasing an eclectic folk mix with violin, cello, mandolin and vocals.
Bringing together their respective backgrounds in classical and jazz
they have joined together to create something entirely different.... Nelson's
'The Saints' are a high-energy 4 piece celtic folk rock band playing original
arrangements of Irish, Scottish and English music from The Pogues, The
Dubliners, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy's to traditional instrumental folk
tunes as well as the odd surprise rendition of classic '80s pop!
Known to please audiences of all ages and tastes, The Saints have drawn an
immediate and loyal following as a result of their all-out live performances
and onstage energy and dedication to highly-excited audiences.
near Motueka, is the only group playing Marimba music in the South
Island. They are an eight-piece band consisting of seven marimbas (bass,
baritone, tenors, alto and sopranos) & a pair of hosho (shakers).
music itself has been adapted for marimba from the mbira (thumb piano)
of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, who have developed this instrument
& its music to a high degree of sophistication. With intricate
polyrhythmic cyclic melodies the music has a powerful uplifting quality
capable of connecting people to a childlike sense of joy & delight,
which is one of the main reasons Chimuka enjoy performing the music.
The music is very infectious and dancing is the most likely response to the intricacy of the rhythms.Tuesday 1 July
A class in Spiritual Growth, Sustainable Happiness, Love and
This Class is designed to give you practical,
everyday, usable knowledge, tools and skills to manage and enhance your state of
being; the way you feel, so that feeling good becomes more natural for
There is nothing more important than that you, I,
all of us feel good!
You could call it, a class for spiritual growth or
emotional harmony and many other labels; all meaning the bigger broader thing;
an exploration and harmonizing/blending of oneself. (love)
The information offered is esoteric in nature,deep
and in-depth; which requires application and reflection of self over time for
the teaching to have meaning. So hence there will be weekly classes, totalling
four classes; which will repeat themselves monthly, as you cannot absorb one
class all at once.So we repeat each class gaining a deeper understanding each
week and creating broader more evolved questions and answers.This also allows
for people to start or stop at any time.
Course content will include but is not limited
- What our emotions/feelings really are! and the power
of this knowledge
- Practical easy to understand information and tools
to empower and enhance your state of being.
- The use of modalities to release or reduce
- Energy/light work
- Mental tools for changing beliefs
- On going use and development of this
VENUE :-The meeting room at Fairfield House
TIME :-7pm till 830pm consecutive Tuesdays
starting July 1st
COST :-$20 per week
CONTACT :- Richard 0273652666
Sunday 17 August Southerners
know her name and her music but (with the exceptions of Gore, Blenheim and
Golden Bay), have had few opportunities to see her on stage. And no wonder, she's
spent most of the last two decades growing her fan base in places like Hamburg,
London, Melbourne and most recently the South West US states of Texas,
Oklahoma, New Mexico and California.
Dean heads south for her Cover Up
One Eye tour in August. Fans of the new TV drama "Nashville" will
recognize the name the Bluebird Café.
Sounds Australia invited Donna to perform at the Bluebird September 2013 alongside Paul Kelly as part of their
showcase events at the annual Americana Music Week conference and awards.
Donna will perform an entire set of new songs she says have a more traditional
blues sound and others from her extensive back catalogue for fans who have long
waited to hear her live.
Donna will be
accompanied by multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter, John Egenes (Dunedin),
who will open her show.
NZ music critic Graham Reid describes Dean as one who writes with the poetic
economy of musicians like James McMurtry and Dolly Parton in that she can
sketch a story in a few words. Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange magazine (USA)
says her songs have "real lyrics, real themes, real people which just blows you
Dean won her first two Tui awards in 2004 for her album Money and the song Work It Out featuring Americana band The Amazing Rhythm Aces. She won double
again with 2010 album What Am I Gonna Do?, winning Best Country Album and Best
Country Song awards 2011. Her Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts album was
nominated for a Tui award in 2013.The song What Am I Gonna Do? is on the
playlist of Sony music's soon to be released Godzone Country album.
Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts≠ album features world renowned guitarists Amos
Garrett, Albert Lee, Redd Volkaert and producer Gurf Morlix. Her song Destination
Life was hand-picked by US Bluegrass Queen, Rhonda Vincent, for her 2010
Grammy Nominated album's title track.
To quote Greg Johnson, host of the famous Blue
Door music venue in Oklahoma City, "she's world class."
Don't Cover Up One Eye, both eyes open now
for a chance to see Ms Dean live at a fireside concert at FAIRFIELD.
Sunday 17 August
7.30pm door sales $18
Sunday 24, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August and Monday 1 September
imperative to have a good handbag when you're on the way out."
It is 2021 in Nelson, New Zealand and Gloria, aged 97, hasn't long to
live. Her son Craig is pushing her to move to a retireville but she wants to
die in her own home. On a whim, Gloria buys an extraordinary designer handbag.
This purchase sets off a series of unusual events which transform Gloria's
remaining days and enable her to send a message to the future.
"Gloria's Handbag" packs in six characters, expert storytelling, opera
singing and magic tricks; all performed by a cast of one." - Keeping up with
"Highly enjoyable entertainment"
Helen Moulder as Gloria is a marvel -
Keeping Up with New Zealand
"There are so many goodies in Gloria's
Handbag, it's well worth rummaging through" Theatreview
Gloria's Handbag is a solo play written by Helen Moulder and Sue
Rider; piano music recorded by Bruce Greenfield; soundscape by Gareth Farr;
handbag design by Gillie Coxill; first production Circa Theatre, Wellington
LENGTH: 1 hour 20 min followed by a short discussion
Sunday 24 August 4pm
Saturday 30 August 7.30pm
Sunday 31st August 4pm
Tickets $30, $25 (concession) $15 (under 25)
Bookings Essential (limited seating) ph 5483 640
email [email protected]
Saturday 10 January 2015
The Richter City Rebels
Wellington's first and finest New Orleans, Second- line Brass Band
Richter City Rebels are a Wellington-based,
9-piece brass band whose style represents a modern take on traditional New
Orleans second line. A diverse collective of musicians make up the Rebels,
featuring players from groups such as the NZSO, The Rodger Fox Big-band,
contemporary Jazz group The Jac, The RNZAF Band, Myele Manzanza and the
Eclectic, and hardcore band Saving Grace.
Richter City Rebels have performed all over
the country at festivals like Prana, Palmerston North Festival of Culture and
the Wellington Jazz Festival and have 2 albums to their name. "Rebels Take
Havana" EP (2012), recorded live, at Havana and their latest studio album ‘We Do
It Like That" (2014), released in October 2014.
After their North Island tour in
October/November, The Richter City Rebels are excited to be completing the
second half of the album release tour around the South Island through January.
'We Do It Like That' includes compositions from several members of the
band and shows off the Rebel's musical ability and stylistic variety. With
influences from traditional New Orleans to hip-hop, funk, jazz and blues,
It Like That' embodies a modern and progressive brass band sound while still
encompassing the heart and soul of New Orleans Brass Band music.
Richter City Rebels live shows are
energetic, vibrant and colourful, there is always something to watch, high
energy combined with extraordinary musicianship completes the ultimate New
Orleans experience. If you enjoy jazz, blues, funk and a whole 'lotta brass,
then this is the show for you!
A warm summers' evening concert in Fairfield COURTYARD
if however we are stricken with the rain then INSIDE to Ballroom
doors open 7pm; concert 7.30pm; door sales; adult $15: under 18's $5: under 5's free
Adult - $10