Events at The Free House

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



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

Sun Dec 21 XMAS CAROLS in the YURT with Anna Heinz, 6.30pm FREE











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.

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





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




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





Thurs 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 drink purchase



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.


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 Southern Journey"

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







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 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 appearances.
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 website here





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:
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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