at The Free House
All Free House events start
at 8pm unless stated otherwise.
Nov 2 JAZZING IT UP - LIVE - Sizzling
jazz music will accompany poems about love and loss, joys and sorrows,
work, politics, honour and betrayal, youth and old age among other
hot topics. Keyboard virtuoso Gabor Tolnay and saxophone wizard
Simon Williams will improvise on stage responding to the words of
Nelson poet Panni Palasti. Shane Clayton of Soundpit will record
the hour for a new CD to be published soon. 5pm, $5 with
PLEASE BE SEATED by 5pm BECAUSE OF LIVE RECORDING
Nov 19 JAM SESSION IN THE YURT
In a nutshell, a group of musicians (instrumentalists and singers)
will get together in the Yurt to play music together. This is where
everyone plays along, some will do lead breaks on their instruments
and others will sing harmonies against the melody. You need to be
a fairly competent musician to join a jam session but remember,
if you don’t feel your musical skill base is up to this, every
jam session needs singers and most musicians love to have an audience.
Just come along and listen in and join the fun. Anyone is welcome
- if in doubt about your ability to join in - just bring your instrument
and listen for a song or two to decide. It is all aimed at fun with
music. More info from Anna Heinz on 546 7262.
7.30-10pm, free entry with drink purchase.
Nov 20 AN EVENING WITH CHRIS SKELLETT
Author of ‘When Happiness is not Enough’ and ‘The
Power of the Second Question’
Chris is a well-known presenter and clinical psychologist
from Dunedin, who has recently returned from a 3 month trip to the
UK promoting his latest personal development book The Power of the
Second Question. This popular book invites the reader to value the
importance of structured self-reflection in their lives. His previous
book, When Happiness is not Enough- Balancing Pleasure and Achievement
in your Life, was extremely well-received and Chris has presented
workshops on lifestyle balance across Australia and NZ. He has presented
twice before in Nelson during 2012. Entertaining and thought-provoking,
both books provide a great opportunity to reflect on what is important
in our lives. Chris’s relaxed and easy-going style makes for
a great evening out. Bring a friend who needs some direction in
their lives…and wants a good night out! Both books will be
available for purchase at author’s discounted price.
7.30pm Free Admission with purchase of a drink
Nov 22 PRETTY THINGS BURLESQUE SHOW
- a world-touring circus sideshow who specialise in acts
of the beautiful and bizarre. They fuse vintage circus with a big
dose of comedy and tasteful burlesque to create a show like no other!
They have performed over 700 shows in 13 countries, been featured
on TV shows, in magazines and in music videos for world-famous bands.
They combine the daring of Evil Knievel, the beauty of Marilyn Monroe
and the wit of Lucille Ball with stunts like sword-swallowing, whip-cracking,
knife-throwing and escapology....All this plus comedy, magic, singing
and dancing promises a unique night you won't forget in a hurry!
This marks their very first New Zealand visit.
8pm, $10 on the door. THIS IS AN 18+ EVENT - WARNING - CONTAINS
Nov 24 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Harry Ricketts
Harry Ricketts is a poet, academic, editor and reviewer.
He studied English at Oxford University and lectured in Hong Kong
and Leicester before arriving in New Zealand to a post at Victoria
University in Wellington in 1981. He has edited collections of verse,
critical essays, and other works of non-fiction and his acclaimed
biography of Rudyard Kipling was released in 1999. His poetry is
defined by dramatic and satiric devices and tones, often grounded
in personal commentary.
6pm Koha Entry with purchase of drink.
Dec 6 JOSH RENNIE-HYNES supported by Liam Gerner
Josh Rennie-Hynes is making waves as one of Australia’s
most promising and upcoming Americana/ folk singer-songwriters since
the release of his debut album, ‘February’. He has been
receiving rave responses from his live shows and this is his first
ever New Zealand tour. Josh has recently played at The Woodford
Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival,
Wandi Swagger Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival in
the space of the last two years. Josh has received high-rotation
radio play on ABC local Australia wide, 98.9 fm in Brisbane, and
has also had plays on Triple J and community radio, Australia wide.
LIAM GERNER: Steeped in blues and country music,
Liam Gerner left his rural family life in Adelaide hills to seek
his fortune in London. Almost immediately he was treated as a “hot
new talent” and experienced the music business at its most
corporate. Breaking free, he headed to the US, joined Texan country
rocker Ryan Bingham’s band on guitar and experienced frontline
American roots music. Liam also plays and works with his new Melbourne
based band The Alan Ladds. 8pm Free Admission with purchase
of a drink.
Sat Dec 13 SIKA
Sika - Acoustic Tribal Trance - "A dynamic fusion of instruments
from many indigenous cultures. Didjeridoo, drums, percussion, native
flutes, & ocarina mixed with ambient and upbeat soundscapes
to journey into other worlds." Touring in the United
States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand since 1990, Sika's contemporary
compositions express his respect for all people of the world.
He has played with Aztec elders at The Sun Pyramid Teotihuacan in
Mexico and with Aboriginal people in the Australian desert. He has
played Didj for Aboriginal Elders on stage and in healing ceremonies,performed
at The NZ Embassy, Te Papa, The Commonwealth Institute, Stonehenge
and Westminster Abbey. Sika has travelled extensively learning much
from the indigenous tribes he has spent time with. Much of what
Sika composes comes from his deep connection to Great Spirit. This
knowledge and experience is incorporated into his music. He continues
to mesmerise and inspire audiences at festivals, concerts and sound
journeys as well as producing beautiful albums.
Dec 20 TOM'S FIELD XMAS GIG!
Tom’s Field are a Motueka/Nelson based acoustic roots/folk
ensemble who serve up a high energy fusion of Irish, folk, &
bluegrass sounds delivered with a contemporary flair. Their combination
of toe-tapping rhythms and thoughtful vocals has been impressing
audiences in the region. The group’s repertoire includes bluegrass
harmonies & rhythms, stomping reels & jigs, original compositions
and soulful songs all interspersed with cheeky irreverence. Bring
your dancing trousers and be prepared to raise a sweat. Collectively
Tom’s Field are: Helen Mayhew on vocals/whistle/percussion,
Sean Magee on mandolin/banjo, Simon Guppy on vocals/guitar and Tamsin
Leenhouwers on violin/viola.
Sun Dec 21 XMAS CAROLS in the YURT with Anna Heinz, 6.30pm FREE
Jan 8 THE LITTLE STEVIES
With their unpredictable on-stage banter, exquisite sibling harmonies,
irresistible pop melodies & songs that are akin to your favourite
stories put to music, The Little Stevies have built an exceptional
reputation as a must see live act, drawing keen, loyal, Little Stevie-loving
fans wherever they go. They've toured Australia, Canada & the
USA extensively and have release three studio albums, their most
recent 'Diamonds For Your Tea', released in October was described
in the Sydney Morning Herald as "incredibly well-honed, gorgeous
songs rip out of the speakers with a deep, warmly polished sound
that is better than just about anything I have heard in recent history".
8pm, $10 on door.
SAT Jan 17 MIDGE MCCLEARY
Midge McCleary is a jazz, funk, roots and blues inspired musician,
and is predominantly a percussive finger-styleplayer. Although
having played and performed in many different lineups he has recently
been embarking on solo acoustic missions - no backing band, no gimmicks
or fancy effects, just his acoustic guitar, vocal chords & Bigfoot
Stomp box. He uses alternate tunings, slapping basslines & appegiated
chord progressions, which create a lot of depth andsonic interest
in the sound of the guitar. 8pm, FREE with drink purchase
Jan 24 MARA SIMPSON
A solo appearance from Mara Simpson of MARA & THE BUSHKAS.
Songstress, writer, independent musician, player of various musical
instruments and partaker of Hootannany hollaring. Currently living
in Berlin. Folk, Rock, Soul, Pop ? or an echo of decades past ?
you'll need to hear her to find out.
8pm, FREE with drink purchase
Jan 29 DYLAN WADE
Innovative guitar player, smooth soulful vocalist, writer
of unique songs… Dylan Wade is a performing musician with
many years of musical experience. Combining catchy rhythmic percussive
feels with insightful uplifting lyrics, from subtle intricate sweet
finger picking instrumentals to roots powered funky grooves, it
will take you on a musical journey, infusing new age soul into blues,
reggae, folk, funk, jazz, with a stream of consciousness ever-fresh
vocal delivery. Since the 90’s Dylan has formed, managed and
was the front man of several bands and has considerable experience
as both a band player and as a soloist.
Feb 14 UNDERSKORE ORCHESTRA (USA) on St. Valentine's Day
The Underscore Orkestra is a Portland-based band, playing
a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, gypsy jazz and swing, with a repertoire
consisting of both original and traditional material. They have
been touring all over the US, Canada, Central America and Europe
for the past 7 years. Instrumentation is Violin, Guitar, Accordion,
Horns, Clarinet, Bass, Sousaphone Percussion, Harmonica, Piccolo,
Ukulele, Bambazoo and Belly Dancing.
Feb 21 RALPH BENNETT-EADES supported by STEVE MITCHELL
Ralph Bennett-Eades has "been singing the Blues ever since
the world began" ...well at least since the 70's which is before
the world began for some. He plays Slide, Finger Picking
and Driving Rhythm Guitar, as well as the Blues, he writes and performs
New Zealand Road Songs, a dozen of them are on his C.D. "The
You may have seen him Supporting Bo Diddley, Hammond Gamble, or
Midge Marsden in the 80's or at any of the North Island Festivals;
Nambassa, SweetWaters, Mountain Rock, Strawberry Fields in the 90's
or performing at the Gypsy Fairs and Blues and Folk Clubs in both
Islands this Century.
8pm, FREE with drink purchase
Sat Mar 21 MARCHFEST
Fri May 29-31st CEOL AENEAS Irish Music Festival
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