Mark Mazengarb, Joe Walsh, Andrew Van Norstrand Friday, March 23rd
Hobnail Friday, 20th April 2018
Hobnail – Classic Celtic Country Folk
Hobnail combine folk, celtic and country influences, add superb musicianship and songwriting and blend it all into a show that will take an audience on a dazzling ride.
“Refreshingly down-to-earth and lovely … vocals so tightly knit they could be family” NZ Herald.
Miho’s Jazz Orchestra Saturday, 19th May 2018
Miho Wada (flute & sax), Pascal Roggen (violin & electric violin), Drew Hutchinson (guitars & sax), SungJin Hong (bass guitar & trumpet), Jared Desvaux de Marigny (drums)
Miho’s Jazz Orchestra (MJO) has had a remarkable time since it’s inception in 2011. Formed as a one off recording project to help raise funds for Miho’s New Zealand home town of Christchurch after the earthquakes, the band ended up having so much fun they decided to continue and see what else they could do.
5 albums, 3 EPs (one recorded at Sun studios in Memphis), tours of Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the States later they are here to release their brand new album “Accidental Journey”, which seems an apt title for a band that started in such a quirky set of circumstances.
MJO has charted numerous times in the NZ album charts getting all the way to a #10 showing with “Bumpy Road” in 2015. Quite a feat for a J-Pop, Cubano, Pacific infused Jazz instrumental ensemble!
Miho’s unique style choices and open storytelling stage presence evoke the fun and mischievous mix of flavours in her music. MJO’s exciting exploration of different genre’s has lead to sold out shows, headline spots in festivals and some great acclaim.
“Miho Wada is the next generation of jazz” – Critical Jazz, U.S.A.
“Fearless, passionate and exploratory” – Northern Sky Magazine, U.K.
“A live music marvel” – TimeOut, The New Zealand Herald
A Venue for House Concerts
We’re pleased to offer our home to present live music in Te Pahu. As well as concerts we’ve also enjoyed theatre performances and art exhibitions.
We’ve been entertained by a wide range of musical styles – and been wowed by the amazing skills and musicality of the travelling minstrals.
Highlights include Azo Bell with his virtuoso ukulele playing; Gideon Irving on a bike tour around NZ with a trailer full of instruments; Linsey Pollack with his home made instruments; two visits from the best album award winning Tattletale Saints (one including 10 String Symphony); some Jazz: The Dilworths, Phil Broadhurst Quintet, Antipodes; AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands on Uke and Cello, Into the East folk duo supported by local band Rhode Workz to open the night; and our local Te Pahu bands: Big Muffin Serious Band, Goulash Archipelago, the Serious Ukulele Ensemble and Sylvia’s Toaster.
Recently: Frank Burkitt and his band was very popular, and we’re hoping for a return visit soon;
Dan Walsh – Wow! what a virtuoso performance …and a day or two after being here he’s been nominated for best musician at this year’s BBC folk awards. Well done.
Penni serenaded us with her lovely songs.
At the 2016 Jazz Awards two of the musicians playing here won awards: Phil Broadhurst Quintet, the band of the first jazz musician to be awarded the MNZM for services to jazz, has won the Tui for this year’s Best Jazz Album; and the inaugural APRA Best Jazz Composition winner was Motueka’s Callum Allardice. Congratulations!
It’s the home of The Apron Strings ukulele band, and practices are held here most Wednesdays.
When not in use for performances the room is our lounge – however it was built for use as a small theatre, music room and library. There are good acoustics by way of its shape and use of irregular sized timber, and shelves of books. There’s a projector and stage lights. Seating is casual – lounge suites, chairs, some old theatre seats, beanbags and carpets.
Audience size has ranged from about 15 to over 80. Entrance is by donation – all proceeds go to the performers.
There is a housetruck, small caravan and room available for accomodation.
There’s also a small brewery and cellar under the theatre …
Here are flyers and photos from some of the shows
Enquiries to wayne