at The Free House
All Free House events start
at 8pm unless stated otherwise.
Sep 13 SHAUN KIRK (supported by Bryce Wastney)- after a
rapid rise to the forefront of the Australian modern blues movement,
award winning multi-instrumentalist Shaun Kirk brings his high-energy
blend of soul and blues to New Zealand, with his latest studio album,
‘Steer the Wheel’.
The new record came to life through a successful crowd funding campaign.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts, ‘Steer
the Wheel’ has been pinned as Kirk’s most electrified
album to date, seeing him explore beyond the blues influences that
have characterised his previous work. From conception to completion,
this is a collaborative release, bringing in some big-name artists
from the Australian music industry to record on the album. A portion
of profits from CD sales will be donated to Orphfund, a charity
helping abandoned children around the globe. Supported
by local legend Bryce Wastney!
8pm, $15 on the door. More info and advance online tix from www.shaunkirk.com
Sep 16 MOVIE NIGHT: “MIND THE GAP”
Presented by EcoVie
If you are still undecided on who NOT to vote for on Sep 20, then
watch this doco!
Why is the gap between the rich and the poor growing faster in New
Zealand than in most other OECD countries? And why is inequality
bad for all of us? Award-winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce files
his special report on what’s gone wrong with our economy and
what we can do about it.
Read Grant Smithies article (Mind the Gap: Why most of us are poor)
on the movie here.
7pm (Free entry with drink purchase)
The evening includes SPRING SEED SWAP* organised by EcoVie
Every Tuesday in September in the Yurt and Wednesday 24th at the
Farmers Market. Bring heritage seed, half packets, self collected,
local, native and useful varieties and swap for new varieties from
our seed library. Seeds must be rotated to maintain viability. Replenish
your collection and share with the community.
Sep 18 OTAGOLANDS
OTAGOLANDS is an acoustic folk-jazz ensemble lead by songwriter
Richard Leschen whose songs are spun from the fine threads of folk
music (bluegrass, old time Americana, English folk, etc.) and woven
with a bit of jazz syntax. The debut album, The Pleasure of Ruins,
features Leschen on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Vanessa McGowan
on double bass and background vocals. Maree Thom joined Leschen
on the 2013 Winter Tour of the North Island. The 2014 tour of the
North of the South Island will include far-reaching jazz musos Nigel
Gavin (guitar, and electronics). 8pm, $10 on the door
Sep 29 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Fiona Farrell
Fiona Farrell is one of New Zealand’s leading writers,
publishing work in a variety of genres. Her poems feature in major
anthologies including The Oxford Book of New Zealand Poetry and
Bloodaxe’s best-selling Being Alive. Her play Chook Chook
is one of Playmarket New Zealand’s most frequently requested
scripts. Her most recent publications are two non-fiction titles
- The Broken Book and The Quake Year. In 2007 Fiona Farrell received
the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction. In 2012
Fiona was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for 'services to literature' in the Queen's Birthday and Diamond
Jubilee Honours List 2012. 6pm Koha Entry with purchase
Oct 8 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.
Mon Oct 20 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Vincent O'Sullivan
Vincent O’Sullivan is a poet, fiction writer, and editor.
He has also written plays and criticism. O’Sullivan has received
numerous distinguished awards, residencies and fellowships, and
his writing has been widely published nationally and internationally.
Collections of his short fiction followed a number of collections
of verse, and O’Sullivan has written for radio, television,
and the stage. He was named Poet Laureate in 2013.
6pm Koha Entry with purchase of 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.
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.
Sat Dec 6 JOSH RENNIE-HYNES TBC
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 10 THE BALKANISTAS TBC
Jan 24 MARA SIMPSON FREE with drink purchase
Thurs Jan 29 DYLAN WADE TBC
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