Events at The Free House

All Free House events start at 8pm unless stated otherwise.

 

THUR July 31st POETRY LAUNCH - ESSENTIAL NEW ZEALAND POEMS - Join poets for a reading at the Yurt, Free House Nelson to celebrate the release of Essential New Zealand Poems. Featuring Gordon Challis, Rae Varcoe, Cliff Fell, Jessica Le Bas, Rachel Bush, Lindsay Pope, James Norcliffe and Siobhan Harvey (MC). (Books available thanks to Page & Blackmore)
6-8pm, FREE ENTRY with purchase of a drink.



 

 

 

 

 

SAT Aug 2 THE JORIAH COTTON BAND
The Joriah Cotton Band formed to showcase the music and poetry of JC, bringing folk rock with a modern twist from Nelson, New Zealand. With an eclectic mix of influences, the band tips its collective hat to Kerouac’s Beat Generation, the folk rock of Dylan and The Band and then adds the modern twist with flavours from the New Wave and Madchester scenes. It may be diverse, especially when you throw in some blues, reggae and rock, but it all comes together to create the Joriah Cotton sound with songs for the head, heart and soul. FREE with drink purchase, 8pm

 

 


SUNDAY AUG 3 SUNDAY ROAST (from Mint Dining Rooms) at the Free House! Midday to 2.30pm. BOOKINGS CLOSE at 5pm on Friday before the Sunday.

We are pleased to announce that The Free House and Mint Dining Rooms are combining over the winter months to offer you the perfect Sunday lunch.* Mint Chef Grant Dicker was recently awarded the Hallmark of Excellence by Beef & Lamb NZ for the 4th consecutive year. So who better to carve you a great roast beef Sunday lunch with Yorkshire Pudding and fresh local veggies to go with that winter warmer pint? Lunches are $20 per person and run from midday to 2.30pm. You must book in advance so we don’t run out of Roast Beef! Please register at the bar or email sundayroast@thefreehouse.co.nz before 5pm on the Friday before the Sunday you wish to eat. Please include your name, number of lunches required, preferred time of eating and your tel no in the email and we will email you confirmation of your booking. * Please note lunches are in the church bar not the yurt.

Next Sessions this Sunday (Aug 3) and Sun Aug 24.

 

 

TUES Aug 5 MOVIE NIGHT: WATER WHISPERERS - This vibrant environmental documentary explores the healing and recovery of polluted and fished out water ways, and the conservation of wild water places - from mountain lakes, through rivers and out into the ocean. After the screening there will be a talk by Trevor James. Trevor works as a resource scientist for Tasman District Council and is responsible for 'State of the Environment' monitoring programmes for water quality and aquatic ecology of rivers, lakes, wetlands and coast. For this screening we will have to charge an extra $5 koha along with a drink purchase to cover the costs of our speaker and the screening. The movie sounds amazing and the talk and discussion afterwards should be very informative. PLEASE NOTE: EcoVie is very open to ideas for movies to show, so if anyone has a suggestion for a movie or even a topic please go here to make contact.
7pm, ($5 koha with drink purchase)

 

 

 

WED Aug 6 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.

 

 

 

 

THUR Aug 14 JASPER HAWKINS
Jasper Hawkins was born and raised in Nelson but now lives in Auckland where he gigs consistently. Early influences included Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles and now he draws influence from many genres of music. His passion lies in both playing music and song writing. He regularly performs his original compositions with a band and will perform a number of these songs in stripped back acoustic versions at the Free House in Nelson. Jasper’s style has evolved over the years and he is best known for his raw yet smooth vocals and colourful finger picking style that creates a dynamic set with one voice and one guitar. He enjoys telling the stories behind particular songs so that the audience can relate to them and also encourages audience participation. 8pm, FREE with drink purchase.

 

SAT Aug 16 THE IMMIGRANTS are BACK!


The Immigrants are a powerhouse four piece based in Nelson New Zealand, performing an always intriguing and energetic mix of country rock classics and twisted originals to adoring audiences everywhere. From perverse takes on 80’s electro classics, to respectful reinterpretations of the earliest rock and roll tracks, The Immigrants have developed a reputation for an always entertaining set, packed brimful with songs you know you’ve heard, but never in a way you’d expect - this band keeps you guessing and dancing in equal measure. If you’re a fan of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, the Black Keys and Dolly Parton, you’ll LOVE these guys.
8pm, $10 on the door.

 

Mon Aug 25 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Rose Michel von Dreger, 6pm Koha Entry with purchase of drink.

SAT Sep 6 VINYL RECORD FAIR

 

WED Sep 10 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.

 

SAT Sep 13 SHAUN KIRK - 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.
8pm, $15 on the door. More info and advance online tix from www.shaunkirk.com

 

Thurs Sep 18 OTAGOLANDS TBC

Mon Sep 29 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Fiona Farrell, 6pm Koha Entry with purchase of drink.

Mon Oct 20 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Vincent O'Sullivan, 6pm Koha Entry with purchase of drink.

Sun Oct 26 (Labour Weekend) SWAMP THING TBC

Mon Nov 24 NELSON LIVE POETS feat. Harry Ricketts, 6pm Koha Entry with purchase of drink.

Sat Dec 6 JOSH RENNIE-HYNES TBC

TO BE RESCHEDULED:

MOVIE NIGHT: THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN
EcoVie Tuesday movie night celebrates life with a screening of The Real Dirt on Farmer John: The life of John Peterson, a farmer, artist and progressive thinker, as seen through family home movies, photographs, film and video. In the late 1960s, John turned his traditional family farm into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. In the late 1980s, his local community ostracizes him as a devil worshipper/drug dealer,and the farm debt crisis of the time brings about the tragic collapse of his farm. Defying all odds, John eventually farms again and creates a revolutionary extended village where people and art thrive alongside agriculture. With discussion after. Time: 82 mins. Year: 2006 More info: www.facebook.com/ecovienelson 7pm FREE with drink purchase

 


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Our address is:
95 Collingwood Street, Nelson (opposite the Giant Squid !) or PO Box 1975 Nelson.

Opening Hours:
SUMMER NOV-APR:
Mon-Thurs: 3pm to 10.30-ish, Fri: 3pm to 12-ish,
Sat: Noon to 12-ish, Sun: Noon to 10.30-ish.
WINTER MAY-OCT:
Mon-Thurs: 4pm to 10.30-ish, Fri: 4pm to 12-ish,
Sat: Noon to 12-ish, Sun: Noon to 10.30-ish.


Our tel nos are:
03 548 9391 (opening hours), 03 548 3887 (office hours)

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