Events at The Free House

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

 

Sat 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.
8pm, $10 on door or in advance

 

 

Tues Feb 3 YURT MOVIES: 3rd Feb. - SIMPLY RAW
Simply Raw reveals, with startling clarity, that diet can reverse diabetes and other illnesses and change the quality of people’s lives. The film captures the human drama and struggle of these courageous individuals making a quantum leap of faith from a traditional junk food diet to a raw vegan diet and it shows revealing moments of nurturing, compassion, and human spirit. It is a film about a life changing journey on a simply raw diet and how nature is the original medicine.
With a discussion about Raw food with Raw food enthusiasts after the movie.
7.30pm (Free entry with drink purchase)

 

 

Sat Feb 7 ALES FOR TRAILS - 8Wired Brewery and The Free House are teaming up to raise money towards building and maintaining the MTB trails in and around Nelson. Money donated by the pub and the brewery for every pint of 8Wired beer sold. The 3 8Wired beers will be Semi Conductor (4.4% Session IPA), Famhouse Pale Ale (5% hybrid of Saison and APA) and Blackwired (7% Black IPA) - 5pm onwards followed at 8pm by...

 

Sat Feb 7 THE IMMIGRANTS
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 door

 

 

 

 

Thurs Feb 12 TWO BIT JUG BAND
The Two Bit Jug Band (from Washington State, USA and British Columbia, Canada) will put a smile on your face, regardless of your age. With its roots in old blues, swing and jug band music, you'll snap your fingers to songs of lost love and favourite foods. With finger-picking guitar and lead vocals is Spokane's Ken Glastre. Playing the washtub bass, washboard, jug, tuba and kazoo (and occasionally singing) is Rossland's Gut Bucket Giff (Michael Gifford). 8pm, FREE ENTRY with drink purchase


 

 

 

Tues Feb 17 YURT MOVIES: THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS
The Economics of Happiness is an award-winning documentary film directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by the International Society for Ecology and Culture. The film features many voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. While government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, people around the world are resisting those policies and working to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm: an economics of localisation.
7.30pm (Free entry with drink purchase)

 

 

 

 

Sat Feb 21 WHAT A TREAT
What a Treat began in the streets of Nelson in 2014, when long time school friends Eilish Wilson and Sophie Cooper returned from jazz school in Wellington. With a mutual love of music, laughter, and cold drinks in the sun, 'What a Treat' was born. With the sole intention of treating the people around them, they deliver quirky tunes, great vibes, and exceptional banter. Saxophonist Eilish can also be seen regularly playing around Wellington, in bands such as Young August, Raw Collective, and The Wellington Mingus Ensemble. Sophie (vocalist and guitarist) is best known for being apart of jazz/pop/rock band Third Wheel. What a Treat are all about fun, sun, and a damn good time.
8pm (Free entry with drink purchase)

 

Thurs Mar 5 EZZA ROSE BAND, from Portland, USA.
SUPPORTED by JESSE SHANKS (of The Eastern) and REB FOUNTAIN


Ezza Rose rolled into Portland, Oregon fresh off graduating the American Music and Dance Academy in 2007. Drawing on the traditional folk sounds she absorbed in the small Southern California mining town she grew up in, Rose began writing and performing at open mics throughout Portland. It wasn't long until Rose was hard at work singing in a handful of Portland's emerging musical acts as well as piecing together a band of her own. The current Ezza Rose Band lineup is Jessie Dettwiler (cello), Adam Mack (drums), Arthur Lee (lead guitar), and Lance Leonnig (bass). Her new album, When the Water’s Hot is scheduled to be released January 2015. $15 door charge,

 

Mon Mar 16 NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.

 

 

 

 

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!
Great 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 and also cool local acts The Saints and The Radtones. 60s tribute band California Dreamers will provide a light-hearted and theatrical contrast to the rest of the bill.

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 NOW from The Free House. All info at the Marchfest website here


 

 

Sat Mar 26 VANUELLA WATT
Born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France, daughter of a Melanesian father – the famous sculptor- Emmanuel Watt and a French Italian mother– pianist- Lucie Ménini, Vanuella Watt was immersed from her very earliest days in an artistic environment. Vanuella was just six months old when her parents returned to the Pacific. The family initially settled in Vanuatu before moving to New Caledonia. The singer started performing at the age of 10 and her talent continued to grow throughout the years. She travelled across the Pacific, even going as far as California, and also spent several years in France where she cut her first album: “Revoir mes îles” Across the seas and oceans, Vanuella is the voice of the French song in the Pacific. With her love of the world and cross-cultural mixes, she moves easily between all styles and effortlessly sings all the greats from the worlds of pop, jazz, salsa, zouk, and so on. Today, Vanuella personifies the modern image of New Caledonian music.

 

 

 

 

Sat Apr 11 SOLID BREW (Germany)
Friendship is the ingredient of this unique brew. Four musicians, one band. They are all connected and this can be felt in their music, allowing them to shift up a gear and burst into flames of vibrant expressions––highly sophisticated, yet down-to-earth . . . and so intense. The wide variety of songs — loaded with groove explosions and thrilling improvisations — is nothing but a celebration of progressive blues- and jazz rock sounds. Solid Brew are from Germany and comprise Thomas König (guitar / vocals), Stefan Nagler (organ / keyboards), Arnold Ogrodnik (bass), Markus Dassau (drums).

 

 

 

Mon Apr 20 NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.

 

 

 

Mon May 18 NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.

Fri May 29-31st CEOL AENEAS Irish Music Festival

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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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