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December 2018

Antipodes

December 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$20

Antipodes is a collective of New Zealand and Australian jazz musicians co-led by pianist Luke Sweeting (Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalist 2016) and saxophonist Jake Baxendale (NZ Best Jazz Composition nominee 2018). The group plays original compositions that emphasise melody, emotive soundscapes, and an open improvisational aesthetic. Antipodes was formed after a chance meeting between Jake, Luke and drummer Aidan Lowe at a jam session in Berlin in 2013. Their musical connection became immediately apparent and they began writing and performing…

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RISE UP! a summer solstice dance.

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20

After two magical, soulful nights of Meadow Dancing in recent months, we know we are onto something good and by popular request we're doing it again. Yes! As the years longest day gives way to night, celebrate the abundance of the natural world with your bare and dancing feet. See you in the Fairfield House Meadow, a stunning and peaceful sanctuary. At this moment summer will be at its peak, a perfect moment to frolick with flowers, trees and all…

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January 2019

Jake Baxendale- a tribute to Wayne Shorter

3 January, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$10

Opening Fairfield's contribution to the Nelson Jazz Festival we present Jake Baxendale on the back of his sold out concert at the Rogue and Vagabonds ‘Classic Album’ series, saxophonist Jake Baxendale presents ‘A Tribute to Wayne Shorter’. Hear music from Wayne Shorter’s 1960’s catalogue with Jake and his band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvRkGglLe-U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMFgqHuvF6U Courtyard Concert, door sales only $10 If weather is inclement or band chooses, concert will be held in the Fairfield Ballroom.

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The Lisa Tomlins Group

3 January, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

Lisa’s worked with everyone, her career, which she almost laughs off as a bit of fun with some mates stretches back some 20 years – she’s been a cameo artist one minute, a main feature the next; the lead singer or part of a line-up of backing vocalists. Locals may have seen her most recently singing backup with Louis Baker. With over 20 years’ experience in the music industry as a professional vocalist, Lisa has toured extensively throughout Australasia, Asia,…

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The Hip Town Bangers

4 January, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$10

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a roaring night of 60's hard-bop and boogaloo with Wellington's hardest-swinging jazz quintet: The Hip-Town Bangers. Equal parts serious jazz and fun, dancy grooves, the Hip-Town Bangers are your answer to an awesome night of funky, 60's swingin’ jazz and boogaloo. Presented by Ben Hunt and Lauren Ellis - Members of Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra, Raw Collective, and the Richter City Rebels unite through a common love of the music…

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Gold Nugget Pawn Shop

4 January, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

Showcasing piano grooves and vocal stylings, 'Gold Nugget Pawn Shop' is a toast to the great New Orleans pianist, Dr. John. Playing everything from Louis Prima to Kermit Ruffins, 'Gold Nugget Pawn Shop' will win you over with their infectious rhythms and their tight, 3 part harmonies. A band that will get your hips shakin' and your feet tappin', you're in for a stonking good time! Dan Hayles - Piano https://www.facebook.com/goldnuggetband/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qr91dJvbqs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCBdO4w6jAs

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The JB3

5 January, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$10

JB3 is a funky organ-drums-sax trio with an extensive repertoire, from jazz, boogaloo, latin, funk, soul and R&B. The JB3 have been lighting up bars, clubs and stages around NZ for years, developing a deeply grooving sound with adventurous improvisational interplay. Whilst drawing on the funk and soul jazz stylings of ’50s and ’60s era Blue Note recordings, JB3 bring their own flavour with their original tunes and interpretations of classic jams. Jake Baxendale - Sax Daniel Hayles - Organ…

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Sunday Soul Session with The Fades

20 January, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$20

The Fades are Wellington’s own vintage Funk & Soul masters! Born out of a love for artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and the deep collection of artists from the Funk and Soul catalog, this 5 piece band bring a commitment to vintage tones. Having spent 2018 cooking up their own vintage soul sounds, they'll be playing all new original material, live and fresh at the inaugural Sunday Soul Session. Joining The Fades for this event will be Nelson's…

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Richter City Rebels

25 January, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20

YEAH! watch out!! this high energy, big sound, fun New Orleans style brass band are returning to our stunning courtyard to have you swinging and dancing into the twilight. Richter City Rebels' music is heavy and soulful. Blending RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk, it grooves deeply and pulsates with pounding bass and searing brass. Catchy vocals and chants draw the crowd into the party and the rolling, infectious sound is punctuated by the fierce crack of drums and percussion.…

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Pipes in the Park

27 January, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It's Back! The City of Nelson Highland Pipe Band brings you Pipes in the Park for 2019 outdoors at Fairfield House Meadow. This will be an afternoon of all things Scottish (with a touch of Irish!) with performances from the full Pipe Band, items from pipers and drummers in the band, as well as special guests Jacquie Walters and James Wilkinson and the Kahurangi Irish Dancers. Bring cash for your entry fee, and the drinks and goods on offer, as…

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February 2019

The Young Folk from Ireland

6 February, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
$20

Irish band The Young Folk are returning to New Zealand, in response to the success of their 2018 NZ tour. Hailing from Dublin, The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has been compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash. “One of the most promising young bands to come out of Ireland in several decades” (Maverick Magazine) The Young Folk consists of Anthony Furey (vocals/guitar)…

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March 2019

New Zealand Light Expansion

15 March, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 17 March, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

This 2 week immersion with Gaia, Shining Ones and 5th World,kicks off with a very special ‘gather, learn and discover’ weekend at Fairfield House in Nelson. A full itinerary of the weekend will follow. Essentially it is an opportunity to experience the teachings and wisdom of the Shining Ones and 5th World in an interactive, multimedia presentation by DeAnne. This will be a Friday evening, full day Saturday and Sunday opportunity to mingle, get to know others of your light…

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