Liam Gerner and reb fountain 19 Dec

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Dear followers

So sorry to inform you that, for the very first time ever, a concert has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond my control. Please accept my humble apologies.

Kindest regards

Bluegrass and old time this Thursday 18 Dec!

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Catherine Bowness and Alex Rubin are No Bones About It Band, from Boston, US. Bluegrass, old time and celtic inspired originals, mixed with traditional folk tunes and jazz.

Since Catherine picked up a banjo at the age of 12, she skillfully mastered the instrument to play her way to win award and grants (the Frank Winter memorial award at Auckland Folk Festival) and showcasing her technique at prestigious festivals. She was the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. In 2013, BB was one of just sixteen young musicians selected to attend the Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. Since re-locating to Boston last year she has kept busy recording, performing and teaching in and around Massachusetts. She is joined by Alex Rubin, who at the age 17, turned his interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider.  As a high-school student in Boston, MA, he quickly formed a band, The Wooden Spoons, and recorded at Hi-n-Dry, the Cambridge recording studio founded by Morphine frontman Mark Sandman. Making use of the vibrant Boston bluegrass scene, Alex studied privately with Berklee professor John McGann as he completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He has since moved back to Boston, where he works as a performer and guitar teacher.

Support for No Bones About It Band is Josh Durning. At the tender age of 15, Josh is persevering with his passion and succeeding triumphantly, playing alongside accomplished local musicians and getting endorsed by overseas guitar accessories manufacturing companies.

The concert starts at 8pm, but from 6pm, we are offering 10 people the opportunity to enjoy a 3 course vegetarian meal with the band prepared by qualified chef Deep Rajput Thakur.

The menu consists of the following:

Roasted vegetable medley with vinaigrette, served with home made garlic focaccia bread
Freshly made quesadillas filled with fresh baby spinach, mushroom, sundried tomato, kalamata olives, red onion, tomato relish and mozzarella, served with a helping of quacamole and tomato salsa
Traditional Bailey’s cheesecake served with whipped cream and raspberry sauce
For more information, please follow this link. You will see what the dining area looks like and links to the artists’ websites.
Tickets on sale at Musicworks Rotorua, Eventbrite and by booking directly with me at
See you Thursday!

French For Rabbits – Mini Concert at Rotorua Skyline Gondolas

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The Rogue Stage Presents Mini Concerts at Rotorua Skyline Gondolas!

It was a misty rainy day, perfect for an intimate concert. Here is Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald performing ‘Goat’. The mini concert was filmed by Riley Claxton. To find out more about French for Rabbits, please follow this link to their website.

Thank you Rotorua Skyline!

French for Rabbits and Solomon Muir at Vegas City Limits 12th December

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The rain is moving on (yay!) and the forecast is for occasional showers, clearing later on.

The venue is Vegas City Limits Hamurana, an outdoor bush clad paradise, perfect listening space for our wonderful friends playing there tomorrow evening. Please text/phone me for the address 02102381057. It is the private residence of artists John Skudder and Natascha Hartzuiker. There is enough seating on the deck and amphitheater like seating created by John himself. The stage is spectacular! Be prepared to be wowed! Both by Solomon Muir (opening act), French for Rabbits and the venue.

BYO – glasses provided. Limited parking at the top, please bring torches to guide you to the back garden. Car pooling is preferable.

Tickets can be bought from Musicworks Rotorua and online from – pre sale price $15

Or $20 on the door.

Here is a live performance from their concert in St Gallen

French for Rabbits! Support Solomon Muir

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This coming Friday, 12th December, The Rogue Stage presents at Vegas City Limits, French for Rabbits.

French for Rabbits have just returned from their European tour with Angel Olsen and are ready to embark on their national album release tour: Spirits. They are playing favourite live music venues up and down the country, including The Rogue Stage!

This is a huge honour to present them for the second time. To see more of their amazing work, go to their website or listen to the bandcamp link. Beautiful songs, written and composed by Brooke Singer & John.

Full band, Brooke Singer, John Fitzgerald, Hikurangi and Ben Would. Support from Solomon Muir.

Vegas City Limits is a magical bush clad private garden, but all is welcome to attend. It has a purpose built stage and John and Natascha’s hospitality is what makes this place so special. Great views from the deck, fantastic stage, warm cosy fires and a lots of space! Parking is limited, please car pool. It is also BYO, glassed provided.

Tickets for Friday’s show can be purchased from Musicworks Rotorua, $15 each. (please note there are limited pre-sales)

Online available from and on the door for $20.

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