Events archive

Friday 3 March
Jon Sanders

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 tinged collection". 

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
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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

Fairfield Ballroom
Thursday 9 February 8 pm 
$15 door sales
Tuesday 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  Abbe: Abigail Joffe
Abigail 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 Denny.

   Fairfield Courtyard Concert   (inside if weather inclement)

Thursday 26 January 2017


The London Klezmer Quartet

"The 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.

AND that is what we will do!!  kick-the-chairs over and party in the gorgeous Fairfield Courtyard on a beautiful  summer's evening!!



Formed 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 $20

Sunday 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.

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

"This celebrated 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


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 Mavensare 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 many more.

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
                                      Ant Banner:

Hard-hitting jazz meets Scandinavian indie pop and Australasian roots in this powerful collaboration.

Antipodes 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 NZ.

                                                          Anti 2:

With some of the finest jazz talent from both sides of the Tasman, this is a concert not to be missed!

ANTIPODES  features: Jake 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 incredible musicians!             

                             Listen here

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 music.     
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 given the film top ratings

.                Donna will perform before and after the screening

Radio NZ - Bill Morris talks about the film. 

"The Sound of Her Guitar is brave and beautiful. This is must-see documentary film-making".
Simon Sweetman

"The Sound of Her Guitar is a remarkable story of the redemptive power of music"
Graham Reid


Watch Film Trailer

Fairfield Ballroom
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 & Siobhan Sweeney)
                                 Play a mellow hybrid of folk, jazz, country, blues.
                   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 effortless. 
                                        Together they create music with heart.    
Fairfield Ballroom,
Saturday 13 August, 7.30 pm. $15


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 important.... play.

 Term 3 for Ages 5yrs to 8yrs, (flexible)
Wednesday(s)  27 July - 21 Sept,$70 For 10 Classes (Magic Included)
Contact Lou- Darcie, 021 1101 501 or 5481649            All inquires welcome


Friday September 30, 8pm

Jess 2:

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 Tickets $20 ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October

Anna: A Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training for


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]


This is an interactive experience; Fun and learning all rolled into one!

Thursday 20 October


BOOK LAUNCH Story by Carol McKeever Illustrations by Ned Barraud

A book for children and adults alike

This 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.





Saturday 29 October 2011


4.30pm to 6.30pm

We come 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.
All Welcome


Saturday 12 November

The Psychosynthesis Trust presents


In this workshop we will explore the part we can play, for ourselves and our communities,

to 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 students $85.00)

Facilitators: Liz Conroy, Kindra Douglas, Christine Bourke, Anne Verity.

For information tel. Anne 5467552 or Kindra 5452991

Email: [email protected]


Thursday 17 November


Voices of Our Ancestors: Ariana Tikao, Christine White and Mahina-Ina Kaui

AOTNZ Tour 2 to 26 November 2011

Poignant 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.

This 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. 

Voice 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, two banjos.                                                       

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 study jazz.

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 reputation as musicians exploring the potential of the banjo outside of it≠s traditional role. Over the last eleven months they have been guests at several major NZ folk festivals and have toured their banjos around the North Island. As part their National Tour planned for November 2011. Alex & BB perform

at Fairfield on Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm

Tickets $15  ph.548 3640 or [email protected]

Cash Bar Available

Friday 2 December

Jordie Lane, Matt Langley & Mel Parsons bring the Blood Thinner tour to Nelson

Australian Jordie 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 Parsons.

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 other≠s songs.

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.

C Moon:

Carolina Moon 

Glorious songs  intimate, yearning  Graham Reid

 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.

Marimba music 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.

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 this music.



Sunday 22 January to Saturday 28 January 2012

COMING IN 2012...All the Fairytales You Know (and Some You Don't)

The 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!

Body in 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 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 feel!

The 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).

The 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.

"a 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)

"Across The Seas was inspired by the crossing to Stewart Island but would be as evocative of the trip to Aran." - fRoots album review (UK)

"Ethereal...a 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]

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Friday 10 February

Joh Mystery:


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 expressive 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]

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Sunday 26 February



Erin 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

Sunday11 March

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.


Wednesday 6 June

Transit of Venus Viewing....history repeating at Fairfield

At 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 it!!
Arthur Atkinson viewed the Transit of Venus at Fairfield the last time it was visible in New
Zealand, December 7 1882
Friday 13 July


CROSSROADS  is a newly formed lively six piece folk country band with a Cajun twist.

A 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 night.
The Crossroads sound is all about expression, familiarity and fun.

Catch them 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 remember!

$10 door entry

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Saturday 25 August 8pm
                                                            Tea Turntable:

The Turntable Tea Party set for Satruday August 25 at Fairfield House promises another night of dancing, fun and great music.
After 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 tea-cups
- 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.

So! now for something totally different check out their gig at Fairfield on August 31 2012

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 http://www.brendantaaffe.com/

Brendan Taaffe brendan: 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.

Brendan has 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 Julian: 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 audience interaction.

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, 2012

Nightly shows at 6.30pm with matinees on Saturday & Sunday at 2pm
Check Body in Space out at www.bo

Daniel Allan
Laura Irish
Hamish Parkinson
Roger Sanders

Lisa Norriss

Props & Set
Bridget Sanders

Thanks 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



      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 US.

Joel Fafard

Fairfield House, Thurs 11 April, 7.30pm, $20

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

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Vine on Vines

Fairfield House, Saturday 13 April, 2pm to 4pm

To launch Heritage Week 2013 Christopher 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 Company

Harvest 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

Tattletale Saints

Fairfield House, Fri 26 April, 8pm  $20

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Tattletale Saints have just returned from Nashville, Tennessee where they recorded their debut album entitled How Red Is the Blood.
To celebrate the release of the album, the duo are embarking on an extensive nationwide tour, commencing in April.

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".

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 hit recordings.
Cy & Vanessa enlisted the help of top bluegrass/folk songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer
Tim O'Brien to produce the album.

"It 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!"

To 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 Boundary Riders            

" 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!!

The 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


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                                          JHanna:                                                           

Multi-instrumentalist 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!"

Radius 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


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Multi 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.

Jenny 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.

Friday 6 December




Classy Crooners Cabaret

Fairfield House presents a fabulous 1950s cabaret night

    crooner:                                               lilly:                                       

Michael O'Malley  
                                                                            Lilly la Rouge      

MC Laura Irish

  • Cool lounging live jazz to kick the night off, with Gabor, Simon Williams, Paul Gilmour and Drew Matheson
  • Mike 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.
  • Lilly La Rouge and the Lusties perform steamy classic 50s burlesque
  • Rat-Pack comedy act
  • Mini 50s fashion show featuring Vintage Heaven
  • DJ Pandora getting you grooving
  • 1950s refreshments and décor
  • The Lucky Booth - a vintage photo booth
  • 10% discount from Vintage Heaven with every ticket
  • Amazing prize from Blinc Catering can be won on the night.
  • Prizes for best 1950s dressed male and female
  • Complimentary  Cocktail upon arrival
All proceeds to Fairfield House Friday 24 January to Friday 31 January

       pg:                      2014 Summer Theatre in the Meadow at 6.30pm each evening & 2.00pm Sunday
       The Three Musketeers

Outdoor 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 t
ea, 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
FFR:               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.

A note: if you enjoy slightly odd, sometimes witty banter and/or nostalgia-laced songs, melancholic dreamscapes and mesmerizing songsmithery- please come

Fairfield 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.

  LM:                        Come and lounge in 1950s style!              

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.
From Sweeney's 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 Guthrie.
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.
-Si Kahn-

 Fairfield Ballroom, Sunday 2 March
doors open 7pm concert starts 7.30 pm

door sales $15
Bar operating



Here's a little about three of the toe tapping bands that will feature on the day of  MUSIC & MISCHIEF

Make sure you are there for Jackson and Matheson's premiere performance this Sunday
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.

                       Chimuka, based 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).

The 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 Intrigue

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 you.

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 to:-
  1. What our emotions/feelings really are! and the power of this knowledge
  2. Practical easy to understand information and tools to empower and enhance your state of being.
  3. The use of modalities to release or reduce resistance within.
  4. Energy/light work
  5. Mental tools for changing beliefs
  6. On going use and development of this knowledge
  7. Homework!

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
DD:        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.

Donna 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 away."

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

Bar operating.

Sunday 24, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August and Monday 1 September

"It's 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 NZ

"Highly enjoyable entertainment" - DominionPost

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 (March/April 2014) 

LENGTH: 1 hour 20 min followed by a short discussion

Fairfield Ballroom

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,
 'We Do 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

Pre-sale tickets: Adult - $10 @ Undertheradar



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