at The Free House
All Free House events start
at 8pm unless stated otherwise.
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.
Dec 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 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. 8pm, $10
on the door.
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, Dee
Ward on vocals/djembe and Tamsin Leenhouwers on violin/viola.
8pm FREE ENTRY with drink purchase
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.
Jan 15 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 17 STEVE LOW BAND
The same band that played last year’s performance
returns to the Free House, featuring Steve Low vocals/guitar, Sally
knight Vocals, Ted Key keyboards and Kevin Earl banjo. Since last
year’s concert Steve Low was a semfinalist in the international
Song of the year song writing contest with the song The Afterlife
and he recorded a new collection of songs Kiwi Americana. This year
the band is blending in soul music elements with the established
alternative country style. New original songs since Kiwi Americana
are songwriting demos currently being pitched at the US publishing
houses. 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. 8pm, FREE with
Jan 31 SHAYNA KING
Shayna King is a singer-songwriter - though not in the
traditional sense. With a voice described as a “stunning mix
between soft and powerful”, the Christchurch, New Zealand
artist is fast making a strong name for her music. Having recently
played support for New Zealand Artist-Collective ‘Fly My Pretties’,
UK Legend ‘Nik Kershaw’ and Australia’s ‘Mark
Wilkinson’, King also performs as a full-time artist around
Canterbury, often gigging 4 or 5 times a week to support and develop
her art full-time. King is currently in the process of writing her
new EP and plans are underway for a South Island Tour this Summer.
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
MarchFest is a unique craft beer and music festival, held in New
Zealand’s sunniest city, Nelson, at the top of the South Island.
Set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage
Park, the 8th MarchFest takes place on Saturday March 21st, 2015.
Every year around 15 regional craft breweries sign up to produce
a new beer for the event. These beers all make their world debut
at Marchfest. Top of the South breweries include 8Wired, Dale's,
Dead Good Beer, Founders, Golden Bear, Hop Federation, Lighthouse,
McCashins, Moa, Mussel Inn, Renaissance, Sprig and Fern, Totara,
Townshends, West Coast and more..
And unlike other beer festivals, MarchFest is not just about beer.
It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine
(including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as its ‘event
genre mash-up’ insistence on being a craft beer festival,
an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum
for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out. It’s
hard to believe such a combination can work, but the thousands of
people who attend each year are testimony that it does!
live music is always a big feature of Marchfest. In 2015, SOLA
ROSA top the bill. Founder and frontman Andrew Spraggon
now has British R&B, soul, reggae and hip hop singer-songwriter,
Kevin Mark Trail in the band. Kevin rose to fame by appearing on
two tracks on The Streets debut album 'Original Pirate Material',
including the UK hit single, "Let's Push Things Forward".
Supporting Sola Rosa will be Wellington's hottest new band Brockaflowersaurus
Rex. From Australia we welcome acclaimed singer songwriter
Jordie Lane followed by 60s tribute band California
Dreamers who provide a light-hearted and theatrical contrast
to local acts The Saints and The Radtones
who get the party rocking from late afternoon with their debut Marchfest
MarchFest is also about creating an event where responsible drinking
and good parenting go hand-in-hand. There will be heaps of cool
stuff for kids to do. Welcome to MarchFest, Nelson and New Zealand's
beer flavoured festival - a celebration of music, food, fun and
of course, proper beer. $29 EARLYBIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE
Dec 1st 2014 onwards from The Free House. All info at the Marchfest
Fri May 29-31st CEOL AENEAS Irish Music Festival
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