Events at The Free House

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


SAT 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


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.




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


Mon 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 of drink.




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.


- 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.



Mon 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.






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 24 MARA SIMPSON 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:
Mon-Thurs: 3pm to 10.30-ish, Fri: 3pm to 12-ish,
Sat: Noon to 12-ish, Sun: Noon to 10.30-ish.
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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