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October 2018

Any Last Requests: Jazz Trio

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

New York big guns, saxophonist Joey Johnson and bassist Jakob Dreyer reunite with New Zealand based drummer Mark Lockett to launch their new album ‘Any Last Requests.’ recorded at Acoustic Recording Studios, Brooklyn, on 21 July 2017 This stunning release is the result of a residency the trio had for several years at a popular NYC cafe where they performed five nights a week. While paying respect to the jazz tradition, the trio sound modern and fresh always searching for…

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Lauraine Jacobs with Nicola Galloway

October 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Always Delicious" is Lauraine Jacobs' new cook book containing favourite recipes from the New Zealand Listener. Hear Lauraine in conversation with Nelson's own food writer Nicola Galloway

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‘Martha & the Backseat Drivers’

October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Martha Louise has found a special blend of talented musicians and friends to add magic to the music she writes and loves. It’s a little bit folk / country / blues and a big bit Americana with full on harmonies and driving lead breaks wrapped around Martha’s vocals. The arrangements are a collaboration from all the driver’s. Paul Symons adds his punchy rhythm & lead guitar and harmony vocals, Cam Bennett on Dobro and Weissenborn guitar and vocals adds the…

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November 2018


November 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Come on a rollercoaster ride of original music with MilkThistle playing their unique style of ‘cello based indie-folk-rock. Over the years, the band spiralled through many Wellington music scene regulars, with the current line-up drawn from The Shot Band, Hobnail Boots, NZSO, Aroha String Quartet, Tofos Greek band, the Darren Watson Band and more. Shockingly in all their many years and guises MilkThistle has never played the South Island – be there to witness their first ‘overseas' tour! Singer-songwriter Hamish…

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Màire Nì Chasthasaigh and Chris Newman

November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"blazing guitar and dancing harp" This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year (Gradam Cheoil TG4), has presented its unique musical vision in twenty-two countries on five continents to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town…

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Raranga ..flaxweaving

November 10

Join us for a creative, cultural experience where weaver Ara Swanney will inspire, educate and help you produce your own kete with creative flair. This workshop is for beginners and perfect for anyone who wants to understand and learn about the overall kaupapa of weaving and help getting started on a project. For those with existing skills, Ara can also help you with an existing project or to get you to the next level. The day includes how to harvest…

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Tools for Joyful Living

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

When we focus on the things that are working in our lives, we draw more of that experience towards us. Gratitude, appreciation, faith, kindness, forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and others, are essential for creating a positive, happy state of mind. Joyful people focus on the now, they accept life as it, they express gratitude, praise others, forgive others and have a positive mindset, regardless of what is going on. They accept life as it is and trust that life…

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Rise Up! Dance Outside

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

YES! After a magical, soulful night of Meadow Dancing in September, by popular request we're doing it again. Be sure to invite your friends/family because this experience is worth sharing with those you love! Celebrate the abundance of the natural world with your bare and dancing feet. See you in the Fairfield House Meadow, a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary. At this moment spring will be giving way to summer and flowers, trees and all things naturally beautiful will be humming.…

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Alpaca Social Club with Caitlin Smith

November 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Alpaca Social Club is the bringing together of 2 kindred musical souls. Both musical adventurers and travelers, on different instruments and across a multitude of styles, Jon Sanders and Craig Denham are something of a live phenomenon. With strong roots in acoustic music, celtic trad, gypsy swing and various world music styles and playing “The music they love from wherever that comes from” they’re always ready to take live music into unexpected places with skill, humour, passion and a…

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November 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

TUi MAMAKi : FLY (ALBUM RELEASE TOUR) Stories of love, harvest, death and transcendence, featuring powerful, hypnotic vocals, tampura drone instruments and acoustic/electric guitars. TUi MAMAKi (formally of The Mamaku Project) disappeared to Bulgaria in 2014… Where is Bulgaria!? It is in her childhood record collection, in her impossible dreams, as far east in Europe as you can go, and now, deeply woven into her voice & being, as TUi trained for the last 3 years in the techniques and…

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Bluegrass Hoedown with Coppermine Junction

November 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Coppermine Junction is composed of four noteworthy names in the Nelson music scene. Each of their journeys started elsewhere (Ireland, Australia & NZ) but their paths have fortuitously crossed in Nelson. Banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and upright bass are employed to deliver a blend of high energy bluegrass rhythms, thoughtful Americana classics and toe tapping Old Timey tunes. Steve McGlone (guitar, vocals) and Sean Magee (banjo, mandolin, vocals) provide us with driving bluegrass rhythms and melodies, while Shanine Raggett (fiddle,…

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December 2018

Tattletale Saints

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Auckland born, Nashville based Tattletale Saints return home, performing 14 intimate acoustic duo concerts around the country in support of the release of two new singles. This tour marks a return to the acoustic duo sound that first introduced the Saints’ music to New Zealand audiences in 2012, earning them the Tui for Folk Album of The Year in 2014. Cy Winstanley (guitar/vocals and APRA Silver Scroll nominee) and Vanessa McGowan (bass/vocals) have been based Stateside for the last 5…

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